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Ward Bond

A character actor whose rugged appearance and easygoing charm were seen in more than 200 films and the television series Wagon Train from 1957 to 1960.

Ward Bond

Filmography

1928      

Noah’s Ark 

 

1929      

Words and Music 

Salute 

So This Is College 

 

1930      

The Lone Star Ranger 

Born Reckless 

Cheer Up and Smile

The Big Trail 

Up The River 

The Doorway to Hell 

 

1931      

A Connecticut Yankee 

Quick Millions 

Three Girls Lost

The Brat 

The Spider 

Sob Sister 

Over the Hill 

Arrowsmith 

Maker of Men 

Blonde Crazy 

 

1932      

The Greeks Had a Word for Them 

High Speed 

Careless Lady

The Trial of Vivienne Ware

Bachelor’s Affairs

Hello Trouble 

Hold ‘Em Jail 

White Eagle

Rackety Rax 

Virtue 

Air Mail 

Flesh 

Sundown Rider 

 

1933      

Lucky Devils 

State Trooper 

Obey the Law’ 

Unknown Valley 

When Strangers Marry

Heroes for Sale 

The Wrecker

Lady for a Day 

Wild Boys of the Road 

Police Car 17 

College Coach 

Son of a Sailor 

Straightaway 

The Fighting Code 

 

1934      

Frontier Marshal 

School for Romance

Speed Wings 

It Happened One Night 

The Poor Rich 

The Fighting Ranger 

Voice in the Night 

Whirlpool 

The Crime of Helen Stanley 

I’ll Tell the World 

The Most Precious Thing in Life 

Here Comes the Groom 

A Man’s Game 

The Circus Clown 

The Defense Rests

The Affairs of Cellini 

Chained 

The Human Side 

Girl in Danger 

Death on the Diamond 

6 Day Bike Rider 

Against the Law 

Men of the Night 

Broadway Bill

 

1935      

Grand Old Girl 

Under Pressure 

Devil Dogs of the Air 

One New York Night 

Times Square Lady 

The Crimson Trail 

Black Fury 

Fighting Shadows

G Men 

Go Into Your Dance 

Strangers All 

Mary Jane’s Pa 

The Headline Woman

Murder in the Fleet

Justice of the Range 

Calm Yourself 

She Gets Her Man 

Little Big Shot 

His Night Out

Waterfront Lady 

The Last Days of Pompeii 

Three Kids and a Queen 

Western Courage 

Guard That Girl 

I Found Stella Parish 

Broadway Hostess 

Too Tough to Kill

We’re Only Human 

Hitch Hike Lady 

 

1936      

Two in the Dark 

Muss ‘Em Up 

The Leathernecks Have Landed 

Boulder Dam 

Colleen 

The First Baby 

Pride of the Marines

The Case Against Mrs. Ames

Avenging Waters 

Fatal Lady 

The Cattle Thief

Fury 

High Tension 

The Bride Walks Out 

White Fang 

Crash Donovan 

Second Wife

They Met in a Taxi 

The Man Who Lived Twice 

The Big Game 

Without Orders 

Legion of Terror 

The Accusing Finger

Conflict 

After the Thin Man 

 

1937      

Woman-Wise 

You Only Live Once 

The Devil’s Playground 

When’s Your Birthday? 

Park Avenue Logger 

23 1/2 Hours’ Leave 

The Soldier and the Lady 

Night Key

They Gave Him a Gun 

The Wildcatter 

Mountain Music

A Fight to the Finish 

The Singing Marine 

Marry the Girl 

Topper 

Dead End 

Escape by Night 

The Game That Kills 

Music for Madame 

The Westland Case 

Fight for Your Lady 

The Go Getter 

Souls at Sea 

 

1938      

Penitentiary 

Of Human Hearts 

The Kid Comes Back 

Bringing Up Baby

Born to Be Wild 

Hawaii Calls

Mr. Moto’s Gamble 

Over the Wall 

The Adventures of Marco Polo 

Flight into Nowhere

Gun Law

Numbered Woman 

Reformatory 

Professor Beware 

Prison Break 

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse 

You Can’t Take It with You 

Fugitives for a Night 

Submarine Patrol 

The Law West of Tombstone 

Going Places 

 

1939      

They Made Me a Criminal 

Made for Each Other 

Pardon Our Nerve 

The Oklahoma Kid 

Trouble in Sundown 

Dodge City 

Mr. Moto in Danger Island 

Confessions of a Nazi Spy 

Union Pacific 

The Return of the Cisco Kid 

The Kid from Kokomo

Young Mr. Lincoln 

The Girl from Mexico 

Waterfront 

Frontier Marshal

Dust Be My Destiny 

Drums Along the Mohawk 

Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence 

Gone with the Wind

The Cisco Kid and the Lady 

Son of Frankenstein 

 

1940      

The Grapes of Wrath 

Little Old New York 

Virginia City 

Buck Benny Rides Again 

The Mortal Storm 

Sailor’s Lady 

Kit Carson

City for Conquest 

The Long Voyage Home

Santa Fe Trail

 

1941      

Tobacco Road 

A Man Betrayed

Sergeant York 

The Shepherd of the Hills 

Manpower 

Doctors Don’t Tell 

The Maltese Falcon 

Swamp Water

Know for Sure 

 

1942      

Wild Bill Hickok Rides

The Falcon Takes Over 

Ten Gentlemen from West Point 

Sin Town 

Hitler – Dead or Alive 

Gentleman Jim 

In This Our Life 

 

1943      

Hello Frisco, Hello 

Slightly Dangerous 

They Came to Blow Up America 

A Guy Named Joe 

 

1944      

The Sullivans, renamed The Fighting Sullivans

Home in Indiana

Tall in the Saddle 

 

1945      

Dakota 

They Were Expendable 

 

1946      

Canyon Passage

My Darling Clementine 

It’s a Wonderful Life 

 

1947      

Unconquered 

The Fugitive

 

1948      

Fort Apache

Sins of the Fathers 

The Time of Your Life

Tap Roots

Joan of Arc 

3 Godfathers 

 

1950      

Singing Guns 

Riding High 

Wagon Master 

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 

 

1951      

Operation Pacific 

The Great Missouri Raid 

Only the Valiant 

Bullfighter and the Lady 

On Dangerous Ground 

 

1952      

The Quiet Man 

Hellgate 

Thunderbirds 

 

1953      

Blowing Wild 

The Moonlighter 

Hondo 

 

1954      

Gypsy Colt 

Johnny Guitar 

The Bob Mathias Story 

 

1955      

The Long Gray Line 

Mister Roberts 

A Man Alone

 

1956      

The Searchers 

Dakota Incident 

Pillars of the Sky 

 

1957      

The Halliday Brand 

The Wings of Eagles 

 

1958      

China Doll 

 

1959      

Rio Bravo 

Alias Jesse James 

Awards

Ward Bond was never nominated for an Academy Award.

Wardell Edwin Bond, known as Ward Bond was born on April 9, 1903 in Benkelman in Dundy County, Nebraska. The Bond family, John W., Mabel L., and sister Bernice, lived in Benkelman until 1919 when they moved to Denver, Colorado, where Ward graduated from East High School.

Bond attended the Colorado School of Mines and then went to the University of Southern California and played football on the same team as future USC coach Jess Hill. At 6′ 2″ and 195 pounds, Bond was a starting lineman on USC’s first national championship team in 1928. He graduated from USC in 1931 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.

Bond and John Wayne, who as Marion Michael Morrison, had played tackle for USC in 1926 before an injury ended his career, became lifelong friends and colleagues. Bond, Wayne, and the entire Southern Cal team were hired to appear in Salute (1929), a football film starring George O’Brien and directed by John Ford. During the filming of this movie, Bond and Wayne befriended Ford, and appeared in many of Ford’s later films.

Bond made his screen debut in Salute and thereafter was a busy character actor, playing over 200 supporting roles. He appeared in 31 films released in 1935 and 23 in 1939. Rarely playing the lead in theatrical films, he was frequently typecast as a friendly policeman or as a brutal thug. He had a long-time working relationship with 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, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Riding High for Capra. Among his other well-known films were Bringing Up Baby (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Sergeant York (1941),