Ford, Paul


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(1901–76), character actor. The beloved performer with a drolly grim long face was born in Baltimore and made his debut in summer stock in 1920 as Sir Lucius O'Trigger. His first Broadway appearance was as Sgt. Carey in Decision (1944). Although he was a fine dramatic actor, he is remembered largely for his comic portraits, notably the befuddled Colonel Purdy in Teahouse of the August Moon (1953), a variety of characters in A Thurber Carnival (1960), and Harry Lambert, the middle-aged husband who suddenly finds he is to become a father, in Never Too Late (1962).

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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