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Paul Ford aka Paul Ford Weaver

Paul Ford aka Paul Ford Weaver

Posted: 22 Sep 2008 7:50AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Ford,Weaver
Paul Ford

Paul Ford
Born Paul Ford Weaver
November 2, 1901(1901-11-02)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died April 12, 1976 (aged 74)
Mineola, Long Island, New York, U.S.


Paul Ford (November 2, 1901 – April 12, 1976), born Paul Ford Weaver, was an American actor born in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ford was a well-known character actor who came to specialize in authority figures whose ineptitude and pompous demeanor were played for comic effect. Ford became an "overnight" success at age 54 when he had the role of Colonel Hall opposite Phil Silvers on Silvers' Sergeant Bilko TV show. His signature role may well be the part of Mayor George Shinn, a befuddled politico in the film adaptation of the Broadway show The Music Man. Ford played the role straight, and received glowing reviews. Ford had an active career in both films and television until his retirement in the early 1970s.

Early life and acting career

At a young age, he showed an adept talent for performance, but was discouraged when directors thought he was tone-deaf. However, in later years, he made his hollow, reverberating voice one of the most recognized of his era. His success was long in the making, and he did little acting, but instead raised his family during the Great Depression.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Public Works programs provided Ford with work, and to the day he died he was a passionate Democrat. Ford auditioned for a play under his birth name, and didn't get the part, so he dropped his surname Weaver and became Paul Ford.

His feature film credits include The Matchmaker, Perfect Strangers, The Music Man, Advise and Consent, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (which also starred Phil Silvers, although they shared no scenes).

Later years

Most actors who worked with Ford claimed he was a kindly and very funny man. He was known for his quotes about the Depression in later years, including his most famous: "My kids used to think everyone lived on peanut butter sandwiches".

Paul Ford died, aged 74, after suffering a massive heart attack at his home in Mineola, Long Island, New York in 1976.

Ford was cremated, and his ashes were given to his family.

Re: Paul Ford aka Paul Ford Weaver

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 4:43AM GMT
Classification: Query
Just curious but its never mentioned that he had 2 kids with my grandmother Mildred. They were my father Michael and aunt Lynn. He left them to pursue a career and they did live on peanut butter sandwiches! I guess that's a part of famous people's lives that gets left out!

Re: Paul Ford aka Paul Ford Weaver

Posted: 19 Jun 2013 7:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi, Megan I am one of Paul Ford's granddaughters. Do you have an email or someway I can contact you? I'm not a "member" of this site so when I tried to contact it was "making" me subscribe which I don't want to do. I hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks,
Kathy Weaver

Re: Paul Ford aka Paul Ford Weaver

Posted: 24 Mar 2014 1:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Kathy,
I am a distant cousin of Paul Ford. My grandfather was Samuel Wellington Ford, son of Issac Thomas Ford who was the son of Samuel Smith Ford and Paul and my grandfather grew up together. I remember my grandparents taking our family to a play at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. and we had dinner together after the play. We sat in the honored guest balcony. I have pictures of the evening. I am trying to find out the relation to the Fords. Any information would be appreciated. I will share what I have.
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