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Gone but not forgotten
My family mourned when Ward Bond passed since we were avoid fans of Wagon Train and never missed an episode. He was also a dead ringer for my Daddy, who was often stopped by strangers who asked if he was Ward Bond. I never tire of his portrayal of the Irish Priest in The Quiet Man. Those endearing scenes of him fishing for the elusive trout and jumping the fence to watch and egg on Wayne in the monumental fight scene are just timeless.
Ward Bond Born In Benkelman, Nebraska
- J.D. Ham
Ward Bond was born in Benkelman, Nebraska and was the nephew of my Grandmother, Mayme (Bond) Ham. She told me many stories about Ward when he was a young man. My father, Arden, has an extensive collection on Ward. I knew many people in Benkelman that grew up with Ward and, to say the least, he was an ornery kid, rough and tough. Ward moved to Denver with his parents when he was in the 8th grade and always listed Denver as his hometown due to the fact that it looked better then saying he was born in a small farming town in Nebraska. When he was a young man, he came back to Benkelman once or twice after he made it in the movies.
- Kathleen Sargent
I have always been interested in Ward Bond and would love to see a biography made of his career. If you have any suggestion please let me know.
Ruined Lots of Careers
- Maurice H
Ward Bond was a natural actor, apparently one heck of an actor as seen in such classics as Drums Along The Mohawk, Young Mr Lincoln, They Were Expendable, My Darling Clementine, and of course The Searchers. A great and dear friend of both John Ford and John Wayne he hurt a lot of people in the 50's during the witch hunts because of his very conservative views. His stardom peaked in the 50's as Major Seth Adams leading a covered wagon troupe on the tv hit series Wagon Train. As a Ford regular he worked often with Henry Fonda, but Fonda was turned off greatly by Bond's conservative views and stated it in one of his books. Still, he had a great presence on screen and was wonderful with John wayne.
My favorite character actor
Ward Bond was born in Benkelman, Nebraska, not Denver, Colorado, as listed in most sources. He has been my favorite character actor for many years, and was a solid, versatile, naturalistic actor. Although his ultra-conservative views during the McCarthy period hurt his standing on a personal level, he was one of the most reliable and prolific Hollywood actors for 30 years, and is in more bona fide American film masterpieces than any other character performer.
WHAT A GUY
WHAT A WONDERFUL ACTOR. I WISH HE WOULD HAVE PLAYED MORE LEADING ROLES.
my favorite character actor
I love Ward Bond! He's been in everything. I had seen The Maltese Falcon a couple of times before I was aware of him and there he was as a police detective. My favorite parts are when he was among John Ford's company; in particular, Fr. Peter Lonergan in The Quiet Man. He was a good, solid character actor.
A star on the month
I am looking forward for TCM to honor Ward Bond. This strong supporting actor has been in many films and tv. A stand-out man you can help but notice when he is on the screen. I looking for a "star of month" for this outstanding character actor.
- Laura Conway
WHAT CAN YOU SAY About ward bond loved him the moment i saw him on the big screen in gone with the wind. The scene when he comes to mrs wilkes house to ask about her husband whereabouts. I was 10 years old and just loved how he and clark cable played that scene. My god you will never see the likes of these great actor's Again. Laura Conway
- Anthony Wayne Iacono
Ward Bond first came to my attention as Major Adams on Wagon Train,as a kid. I've seen Mr. Bond in a number of pictures. He caught my notice as the bus driver in It Happen One Night/1934. Ward Bond is a GREAT! actor........
A Wonderful Character Actor
Ward Bond also played a policeman in It's a Wonderful LIfe and a detective in The Maltese Falcon. The Wagon Train series where he played Major Seth Adams was a wonderful chronicle of human interest stores from the trips west by pioneers. He had a very interesting voice. I remember when he died during the Wagon Train series John McIntyre was hired to play the new wagon master. His presence gave an air of credibility.