A new biography of Glenn Ford by his son Peter paints a less-than-flattering picture of the actor, who died in 2006 aged 90. According to Ford Jr. his dad was a Jekyll-and-Hyde character who devoted all his time and emotions to acting and none to his family. But to me, the actor who starred in the Sheepman, 3:10 to Yuma, Jubal and other classic Westerns, will always be remembered as an entertaining raconteur and a thoughtful and considerate host.
I had to go to his house on Oxford Way, behind the Beverly Hills Hotel, in 1980 to interview him for an Australian magazine about his plans for a sheep ranch somewhere in the Australian outback. Because he thought I was Australian he laid in a case of Foster's Australian beer ready for my arrival. I didn't disillusion him and we spent a very pleasant afternoon talking and working our way through the beer in the English-style pub he had in the house.
|Ford's house on Oxford Way|
His house, by the way is currently up for sale, priced at $6,900,000.