Glenn Ford

Birth Name: Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford

Date of Birth: May 1, 1916

Place of Birth: Sainte-Christine-d’Auvergne, Québec, Canada

Date of Death: August 30, 2006

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch

Glenn Ford was a Canadian and American actor. His roles include the films Gilda, The Big Heat, Blackboard Jungle, 3:10 to Yuma (1957), Pocketful of Miracles, Superman (1978), and Happy Birthday to Me.

He was born in Sainte-Christine-d’Auvergne, Québec, the son of Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, an engineer with the Canadian Pacific Railway. He moved to Santa Monica, California, when he was eight. Glenn had a son, actor Peter Ford, with his former wife, actress and dancer Eleanor Powell.

Glenn’s paternal grandfather was Rowland Ford (the son of Joseph Ford and Isabella “Bell” Smith). Rowland was born in Portneuf, Québec. Joseph was born in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, England, and was the son of John Ford and Grace Eyre. Isabella was born in Almondbank, Perthshire, Scotland, the daughter of John Smith and Jean Grey.

Glenn’s paternal grandmother was Susan Maud Vosburgh (the daughter of John Schibley/Shibley Vosburgh and Elizabeth Barker). Susan was born in Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario. John was born in Portland, Ontario, the son of John Vosburgh. Elizabeth was born in London, Middlesex, England, the daughter of Edward John Barker and Elizabeth Phillips.

Glenn’s maternal grandfather was named Samuel Mitchell (who possibly was the son of Samuel Mitchell and Mary). Glenn’s grandfather Samuel was born in Ireland.

Glenn’s maternal grandmother was Caroline Pincombe (the daughter of Thomas Giles Pincombe and Sarah Snow). Caroline was born in St. Thomas, Devon, England. Thomas was the son of Thomas Pincombe and Agnes Hayman. Sarah was the daughter of Edward Snow and Sally/Sarah Rattenbury.

Source: Genealogy of Glenn Ford (focusing on his father’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

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  1. ses101 says:

    His Irish grandfather was a Mitchell, a British (mainly Scottish) surname that didn’t arrive in Ireland till the 17th Century, so was he maybe an Ulster-Scot?

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