Condolences to Glenn’s son Peter, Peter’s wife, and their children, who have been kind and generous in opening their home and offering encouragement to this writer for many years. Glenn was one-of-a-kind, and for those of you who are familiar with his work and loved it, as I do, the greatest tribute you can pay to him is to introduce your friends and family to some of his great, under-appreciated classics like The Big Heat, Gilda, and most of all Blackboard Jungle, all of which hold you beautifully today. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should be ashamed that they failed to present this never-nominted actor with an Honorary Oscar while he was still alive. Ford’s friend and co-star Rhonda Fleming, who was one of many actors who wrote to the Academy in recent years asking them to celebrate Ford, last year said to me of the Academy’s oversight: “It’s ridiculous.” I share her disgust. He will be sorely missed by the people who always mattered to him more than any award or critic–the sort of person he so often played–your average American. We have lost one of the last of the true greats.
For more information on this remarkable actor, visit the official Glenn Ford web site at www.glennford.com.