Glenn Ford (1916 -- 2006)
Born in Canada, Glenn Ford moved with his family to Santa Monica, California, aged eight. He began acting in high school and made his screen debut in 1939.
His big break came in 1946, when he was cast as leading man opposite Rita Hayworth in Charles Vidor's Gilda. Glenn Ford's acting career spanned seven decades with appearances in more than 100 films and TV shows.
In the 1950s alone, he made more than 30 movies, often playing the cool, calm, courageous hero, and he became one of Hollywood's most bankable stars, ranging from comedy to romance to action.
His films included Blackboard Jungle, Torpedo Run, Fritz Lang's The Big Heat and several fine westerns, such as 3:10 to Yuma, Cowboy, The Americano and The Rounders. In 1978, he personified Clark Kent's father in Richard Donner's Superman.
Four times married, Glenn Ford died aged 90 in Beverly Hills having suffered a series of strokes.