Ward Bond

Biography

Date of Birth 9 April 1903, Benkelman, Nebraska, USA Date of Death 5 November 1960, Dallas, Texas, USA (heart attack) Birth Name Wardell E. Bond Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m) Ward Bond made his film debut in 1929 and played over 200 roles. He was frequently typecast as a friendly policemen or as a brutal thug. He had a longtime working relationship with Wayne as well as directors John Ford and Frank Capra, performing in such films as The Searchers, Drums Along the Mohawk, The Quiet Man, and Fort Apache for Ford, with whom he made 25 films, and It Happened One Night and It's a Wonderful Life for Capra. Among his other prominent films were Gone with the Wind, The Maltese Falcon, Sergeant York, Joan of Arc, in which he was unusually cast as Captain La Hire, and Rio Bravo. He later starred in the popular NBC television western series Wagon Train from 1957 until his death. In the 1940s, Bond was a member of right-wing group called the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, whose major platform was opposition to communists in the film industry. Prior to his death, Bond campaigned for the Republican presidential nominee Richard M. Nixon. Bond died only three days before Democrat John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts narrowly defeated Nixon. Bond appears in more of the films of the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Movies than any other actor : It Happened One Night (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940) , The Maltese Falcon (1941), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and The Searchers (1956). A legend has developed that country singer Johnny Horton died in an automobile accident while driving to see Bond at a hotel in Dallas to discuss a possible role in the fourth season of Wagon Train. Although Horton was indeed killed in a car crash early on November 5, 1960, and Bond died from a massive heart attack later that same day, the two events are unrelated. Horton was on his way from Austin to Shreveport, Louisiana, not Dallas. Bond was in Dallas not to meet Horton but to attend a football game. (In any case, Bond, as star of his show, was not a producer and was in no position to hire Horton. Moreover, there was already a "Horton" on Wagon Train, actor Robert Horton (born 1924), who played the fictitious scout "Flint McCullough".) Bond was 57 at his death. John Wayne gave the eulogy at Bond's funeral. For his contribution to the television industry, Ward Bond has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd. In 2001, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. There is also a Ward Bond Memorial Park in his birthplace of Benkelman, Nebraska.

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Known For
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The Searchers

Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton

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Hondo

Buffalo Baker

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The Quiet Man

Father Peter Lonergan

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Operation Pacific

Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry

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3 Godfathers

Perley 'Buck' Sweet

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On Dangerous Ground

Walter Brent

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Tall in the Saddle

Le Juge garvey

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The Wings of Eagles

John Dodge

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Pillars of the Sky

Dr. Joseph Holden

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Dakota

Jim Bender

Starring In
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The Adventures of Errol Flynn

John L. Sullivan (archive footage)

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Hollywood Out-Takes and rare Footage

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Great American West of John Ford

actor 'Fort Apache' (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Directed by John Ford

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Rio Bravo

Pat Wheeler

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Alias Jesse James

Major Seth Adams (uncredited)

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China Doll

Father Cairns

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The Wings of Eagles

John Dodge

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The Halliday Brand

Big Dan Halliday

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The Searchers

Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton

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Pillars of the Sky

Dr. Joseph Holden

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Dakota Incident

Sen. Blakely

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Ein Mann allein

Sheriff Gil Corrigan

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Mister Roberts

Chief Petty Officer Dowdy

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The Long Gray Line

Capt. Herman J. Kohler

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Johnny Guitar

John McIvers

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Gypsy Colt

Frank MacWade

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Hondo

Buffalo Baker

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Blowing Wild

Dutch Peterson

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The Quiet Man

Father Peter Lonergan

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Hellgate

Lt. Tod Voorhees

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Operation Pacific

Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry

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The Great Missouri Raid

Maj. Marshal Trowbridge

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Bullfighter and the Lady

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Only the Valiant

Cpl. Timothy Gilchrist

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On Dangerous Ground

Walter Brent

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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Insp. Charles Weber

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Wagon Master

Elder Wiggs

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Riding High

Lee

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3 Godfathers

Perley 'Buck' Sweet

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Joan of Arc

La Hire

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Tap Roots

Hoab Dabney

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The Time Of Your Life

McCarthy (a blatherskite)

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Fort Apache

Sgt. Maj. Michael O'Rourke

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Unconquered

John Fraser

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The Fugitive

El Gringo

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It's a Wonderful Life

Bert

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My Darling Clementine

Morgan Earp

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Canyon Passage

Honey Bragg

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They Were Expendable

'Boats' Mulcahey C.B.M.

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Dakota

Jim Bender

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Tall in the Saddle

Le Juge garvey

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Home in Indiana

Jed Bruce

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The Fighting Sullivans

Lt. Cmdr. Robinson

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A Guy Named Joe

Al Yackey

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Hello, Frisco, Hello

Sharkey

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Slightly Dangerous

Jimmy

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In This Our Life

Extra at a Roadhouse Table (uncredited)

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Ten Gentlemen from West Point

Sgt. Scully

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Gentleman Jim

John L. Sullivan

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Hitler, Dead or Alive

Steve Maschick

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The Maltese Falcon

Detective Tom Polhaus

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The Shepherd of the Hills

Wash Gibbs

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Sergeant York

Ike Botkin

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Tobacco Road

Lov Bensey

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A Man Betrayed

Floyd

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Manpower

Eddie Adams

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Swamp Water

Tim Dorson

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Virginia City

Confederate Sergeant Checking Passengers (uncredited)

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Santa Fe Trail

Townley

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The Long Voyage Home

Yank

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Buck Benny Rides Again

First Outlaw

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The Grapes of Wrath

Policeman

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City for Conquest

First Policeman (uncredited)

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Kit Carson

Ape

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The Mortal Storm

Franz

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Gone with the Wind

Tom - Yankee Captain

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Drums Along the Mowhawk

Adam Hartman

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Young Mr. Lincoln

John Palmer Cass

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The Girl from Mexico

Mexican Pete - the Wrestler

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They Made me a Criminal

Lenihan (fight promoter)

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Dodge City

Bud Taylor

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Son of Frankenstein

Policeman (uncredited)

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Confession of a Nazi Spy

American Legionnaire (uncredited)

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Mr. Moto in Danger Island

Sailor Sam - Wrestler (uncredited)

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Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence

Hunk

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Union Pacific

Tracklayer (uncredited)

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The Oklahoma Kid

Wes Handley

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Made For Each Other

Jim Hatton (pilot) (uncredited)

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Submarine Patrol

Seaman Olaf Swanson

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You Can't Take It with You

Mike - the Detective (uncredited)

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The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

Tug

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Of Human Hearts

Lout Laughing in Church (uncredited)

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Bringing Up Baby

Motorcycle Cop at Jail (uncredited)

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Over the Wall

Eddie Edwards

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Mr. Moto's Gamble

Biff Moran

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The Adventures of Marco Polo

Mongol Guard (uncredited)

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Prison Break

Big Red Kincaid

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Topper

Eddie - Cab Driver Slugged by Topper (uncredited)

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Park Avenue Logger

Paul Sangar

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Escape By Night

Peter 'Spudsy' Baker

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Night Key

Fingers

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The Westland Case

Connors - Death-Row Inmate (uncredited)

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Music for Madame

Violets (uncredited)

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You Only Live Once

Casey - Guard (uncredited)

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Dead End

Doorman

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Fight for Your Lady

Mr. Walton (uncredited)

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Fury

Man (uncredited)

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Muss 'em Up

'John Doe' - a Gangster

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The Man Who Lived Twice

John 'Gloves' Baker

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The Cattle Thief

Ranse Willard

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The Bride Walks Out

Taxi Driver (uncredited)

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Without Orders

Tim Casey

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Waterfront Lady

Jess

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The Headline Woman

Johnson

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Strangers All

Ward, Assistant Director on Film Set (uncredited)

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El casino de París

Herman Lahey (uncredited)

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In Blinder Wut

Mac - Company Policeman

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Times Square Lady

Dugan - Hockey Player (uncredited)

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Murder in the Fleet

'Heavy' Johnson

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Devil Dogs of the Air

Instructor

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The Last Days of Pompeii

Murmex of Carthage, a Gladiator (uncredited)

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Broadway Bill

Morgan's Henchman

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It Happened One Night

Bus Driver #1 (uncredited)

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The Defense Rests

Hood

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Chained

Ship Steward (uncredited)

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Lady for a Day

Mounted Policeman (uncredited)

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Hold 'Em Jail

Football Player (uncredited)

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Carne

Muscles Manning (uncredited)

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The Greeks Had a Word for Them

Taxi Driver (uncredited)

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Air Mail

Joe Barnes (uncredited)

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Virtue

Frank

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Quick Millions

Cop in Montage (uncredited)

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Arrowsmith

Cop (uncredited)

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The Big Trail

Sid Bascom (uncredited)

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Up The River

Inmate socked by Saint Louis (uncredited)

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The Doorway to Hell

Policeman (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

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Born Reckless

Sergeant

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Noah's Ark

Flood Extra (uncredited)

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