Glenn Ford, the actor best known to Superman fans for his 1978 portrayal of Jonathan Kent, died Wednesday in Beverly Hills. He was 90.
Ford, who appeared in over eighty movies in a career spanning more than fifty years, was often considered one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading men.
Ford’s appearance in the first Superman movie as Clark Kent’s adoptive father is well remembered by many as a highlight of the film. Just moments before his on-screen death, Jonathan told the teenaged Clark, “There’s one thing I do know, son, and that is you are here for a reason.”
Among Ford’s many other films were Gilda (1946), The Blackboard Jungle (1955), and the westerns 3:10 to Yuma (1957) and The Rounders (1965).
The Blackboard Jungle featured “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets as its theme song. In what was probably a nod to Ford’s earlier movie, the same song is heard in Superman just prior to Ford’s last appearance in the film.
Turner Classic Movies will air a six-film tribute to Ford on Sunday, September 10.
Actor Glenn Ford Dead At Age 90 (CBS News)