Ward Bond

Ward Bond


Birth Place
Denver, Colorado, USA
April 09, 1903
November 05, 1960
Cause of Death
Heart Attack


One of the most prolific of Hollywood character actors. Bond began his career in the late 1920s and was a key member of John Ford's stock company, playing the parson/Texas Ranger in "The Searchers" (1956) and fictional film director John Dodge in "The Wings of Eagles" (1956). He starred in the TV series, "Wagon Train."...

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The Walking Hills - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Long Gray Line - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Rio Bravo - Movie Poster


One of the most prolific of Hollywood character actors. Bond began his career in the late 1920s and was a key member of John Ford's stock company, playing the parson/Texas Ranger in "The Searchers" (1956) and fictional film director John Dodge in "The Wings of Eagles" (1956). He starred in the TV series, "Wagon Train."



Cast (Feature Film)

Rio Bravo (1959)
Pat Wheeler
Alias Jesse James (1959)
China Doll (1958)
Father Cairns
The Halliday Brand (1957)
Big Dan Halliday
The Wings of Eagles (1957)
John Dodge
Pillars of the Sky (1956)
Dr. Joseph Holden
The Searchers (1956)
Capt. Rev. Samuel Johnson Clayton
Dakota Incident (1956)
Senator Blakeley
The Long Gray Line (1955)
Capt. Herman J. Koehler
Mister Roberts (1955)
Chief Petty Officer Dowdy
A Man Alone (1955)
Gil Corrigan
Hondo (1954)
The Bob Mathias Story (1954)
Coach Jackson
Gypsy Colt (1954)
Frank MacWade
Johnny Guitar (1954)
John McIvers
The Moonlighter (1953)
Cole [Gardner]
Blowing Wild (1953)
Dutch Peterson
Thunderbirds (1952)
Sgt. Logan
The Quiet Man (1952)
Father Peter Lonergan
On Dangerous Ground (1952)
Walter Brent
Hellgate (1952)
Lt. Voorhees
Only the Valiant (1951)
Corp. Timothy Gilchrist
This Is Korea! (1951)
Operation Pacific (1951)
Capt. "Pop" Perry
The Great Missouri Raid (1951)
Major Trowbridge
Riding High (1950)
Singing Guns (1950)
Sheriff Jim Caradac
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
Inspector Charles Weber
Wagon Master (1950)
[Jonathan] Wiggs
3 Godfathers (1949)
"Buck" Perley Sweet
Tap Roots (1948)
Hoab Dabney
The Time of Your Life (1948)
McCarthy, a "blatherskite"
Fort Apache (1948)
Sgt. O'Rourke
Joan of Arc (1948)
La Hire
Unconquered (1947)
John Fraser
The Fugitive (1947)
El Gringo [James Calvert]
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Morgan Earp
Canyon Passage (1946)
Honey Bragg
Dakota (1945)
Jim Bender
They Were Expendable (1945)
"Boats" Mulcahey, C.R.M.
The Sullivans (1944)
Commander Robinson
Home in Indiana (1944)
Jed Bruce
Tall in the Saddle (1944)
Robert Garvey
A Guy Named Joe (1944)
Al Yackey
Slightly Dangerous (1943)
Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)
Hitler--Dead or Alive (1943)
Steve Maschik
They Came to Blow Up America (1943)
Chief Craig
Adventures of the Flying Cadets (1943)
Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942)
Gentleman Jim (1942)
John L. Sullivan
Sin Town (1942)
Rock Delaney
Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942)
Sheriff Edmunds
The Falcon Takes Over (1942)
Moose Malloy
Swamp Water (1941)
Tim Dorson
Tobacco Road (1941)
Lov [Bensey]
The Shepherd of the Hills (1941)
Wash Gibbs
Sergeant York (1941)
Ike Botkin
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Detective Tom Polhaus
Manpower (1941)
Eddie Adams
Doctors Don't Tell (1941)
Barney Millen
A Man Betrayed (1941)
Virginia City (1940)
Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)
First outlaw
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
Little Old New York (1940)
Kit Carson (1940)
The Mortal Storm (1940)
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Sailor's Lady (1940)
Shore patrol
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Adam Hartman
Made for Each Other (1939)
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
J. Palmer Cass
The Cisco Kid and the Lady (1939)
The Oklahoma Kid (1939)
Wes Handley
Waterfront (1939)
Mart Hendler
The Girl from Mexico (1939)
Mexican Pete
Pardon Our Nerve (1939)
Kid Ramsey
Frontier Marshal (1939)
Town marshal
Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence (1939)
Trouble in Sundown (1939)
They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
The Kid from Kokomo (1939)
Dodge City (1939)
Bud Taylor
The Return of the Cisco Kid (1939)
Tough guy
Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)
American Legionnaire
Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Tom, a Yankee captain
The Law West of Tombstone (1938)
Mulligan P. Martinez
Fugitives for a Night (1938)
Over the Wall (1938)
Eddie Edwards
Prison Break (1938)
Red Kincaid
Numbered Woman (1938)
Reformatory (1938)
Mac Grady
Gun Law (1938)
Born to Be Wild (1938)
Bill Purvis
Flight into Nowhere (1938)
Taylor, the dispatcher
Submarine Patrol (1938)
Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)
Biff Moran
The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse (1938)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Motorcycle cop
Hawaii Calls (1938)
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)
Mongol guard
Professor Beware (1938)
Motorcycle officer
Penitentiary (1938)
Red, prison barber
Of Human Hearts (1938)
Laughing man in church
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
Going Places (1938)
First cop
Souls at Sea (1937)
Mountain Music (1937)
First G-man
23 1/2 Hours Leave (1937)
Top Sergeant Burke
Night Key (1937)
The Devil's Playground (1937)
Sidecar Wilson
The Wildcatter (1937)
Music for Madame (1937)
Escape by Night (1937)
[Peter] Spudsy [Baker]
Park Avenue Logger (1937)
Paul Sangar
A Fight to the Finish (1937)
Eddie Hawkins
You Only Live Once (1937)
When's Your Birthday? (1937)
Fight for Your Lady (1937)
Dead End (1937)
Woman-Wise (1937)
Topper (1937)
Cab driver
Marry the Girl (1937)
First officer
The Soldier and the Lady (1937)
First Tartar chief
Fury (1936)
First objector in movie theater
The First Baby (1936)
Tough guy
Fatal Lady (1936)
American stage manager
The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
High Tension (1936)
Husky man
The Accusing Finger (1936)
Prison guard
White Fang (1936)
Thief robbing Hal
Second Wife (1936)
They Met in a Taxi (1936)
Policeman at Stewart's apartment
The Leathernecks Have Landed (1936)
Pride of the Marines (1936)
Gunner [Brady]
Crash Donovan (1936)
The drill master
Without Orders (1936)
Tim Casey
Conflict (1936)
Gus Carrigan
The Man Who Lived Twice (1936)
[John] Gloves [Baker]
Two in the Dark (1936)
Avenging Waters (1936)
Marve Slater
Cattle Thief (1936)
Legion of Terror (1936)
Don Foster
The Bride Walks Out (1936)
Taxi driver
Muss 'Em Up (1936)
Colleen (1936)
Second officer
Three Kids and a Queen (1935)
The Headline Woman (1935)
Broadway Hostess (1935)
Devil Dogs of the Air (1935)
Too Tough to Kill (1935)
His Night Out (1935)
Waterfront Lady (1935)
She Gets Her Man (1935)
Western Courage (1935)
Justice of the Range (1935)
Bob Brennan
The Crimson Trail (1935)
Luke Long
Guard That Girl (1935)
Budge Edwards
Fighting Shadows (1935)
Brad Harrison
Grand Old Girl (1935)
Little Big Shot (1935)
The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)
Murder in the Fleet (1935)
Heavy Johnson
Hitch Hike Lady (1935)
Motorcycle officer
Black Fury (1935)
Times Square Lady (1935)
One New York Night (1935)
Calm Yourself (1935)
Mary Jane's Pa (1935)
Under Pressure (1935)
Prize fighter
Go into Your Dance (1935)
Death on the Diamond (1934)
6 Day Bike Rider (1934)
First officer
The Defense Rests (1934)
The Affairs of Cellini (1934)
Palace guard
Here Comes the Groom (1934)
Second cop
It Happened One Night (1934)
Bus driver
Whirlpool (1934)
The Crime of Helen Stanley (1934)
Jack Baker
Most Precious Thing in Life (1934)
Head coach [Smith]
Frontier Marshal (1934)
Ben Murchison
Against the Law (1934)
Tony Rizzo
Girl in Danger (1934)
The Fighting Ranger (1934)
Men of the Night (1934)
Detective John Connors
A Man's Game (1934)
Dave Jordan
Voice in the Night (1934)
The Poor Rich (1934)
Motor cop
Chained (1934)
I'll Tell the World (1934)
Broadway Bill (1934)
Morgan's henchman
Circus Clown (1934)
State Trooper (1933)
Obey the Law (1933)
Kid Paris
Unknown Valley (1933)
Elder Snead
When Strangers Marry (1933)
Billy McGuire
The Wrecker (1933)
The Fighting Code (1933)
Straightaway (1933)
Police Car 17 (1933)
Bumps O'Neill
Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
Lady for a Day (1933)
Mounted policeman
Heroes for Sale (1933)
College Coach (1933)
Assistant coach
Lucky Devils (1933)
Rackety Rax (1932)
Brick Gilligan
Flesh (1932)
Wrestler Muscles Manning
High Speed (1932)
Hello Trouble (1932)
Sundown Rider (1932)
Gabe Powers
Virtue (1932)
White Eagle (1932)
The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932)
Maker of Men (1931)
Football player
A Connecticut Yankee (1931)
Queen's knight
Three Girls Lost (1931)
Steward on airplane
The Spider (1931)
Police officer
Arrowsmith (1931)
Sob Sister (1931)
Ward, a policeman
The Big Trail (1930)
Sid Bascom
Born Reckless (1930)
Words and Music (1929)
Salute (1929)
Football players

Cast (Special)

The Elisabeth McQueeney Story (1959)
Seth Adams (Guest)

Life Events


Film acting debut

Photo Collections

The Walking Hills - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Walking Hills - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Long Gray Line - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Long Gray Line - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Rio Bravo - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Rio Bravo (1959), directed by Howard Hawks. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Wagon Master - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from John Ford's Wagon Master (1950), starring Ward Bond.
The Wings of Eagles - Movie Poster
Here is the original Half-sheet movie poster for The Wings of Eagles (1957), starring John Wayne.
On Dangerous Ground - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from On Dangerous Ground (1952), starring Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino.
My Darling Clementine - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from John Ford's My Darling Clementine (1946), starring Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, and Victor Mature. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Fury - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Fury (1936), starring Spencer Tracy and Sylvia Sidney and directed by Fritz Lang.


Movie Clip

Maltese Falcon, The (1941) -- (Movie Clip) A Guy Named Thursby Summoned from his bed at 2 a.m., San Francisco private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), with thus far friendly copper Polhaus (Ward Bond), at the scene of the murder of his partner Archer, written and directed by John Huston from the Dashiell Hammett novel, in The Maltese Falcon, 1941.
Searchers, The (1956) -- (Movie Clip) Let's Go Home Significant SPOILER here in a landmark picture, Natalie Wood as the mature Debbie is rescued from five years captivity by her adoptive brother Marty (Jeffrey Hunter) from the Comanche chief Scar (Henry Brandon), as his partner Ethan (John Wayne), leading an attack with Rev. Clayton (Ward Bond), appears determined to execute her, in John Ford’s The Searchers, 1956.
3 Godfathers (1948) -- (Movie Clip) By The Way Of New Jerusalem We’ve just met Hightower, Fuerte and Kearny (John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz, Harry Carey Jr.) and heard of their plan to rob the bank in an Arizona town, and they ride in for a funny (if grossly sexist) visit with Ward Bond and Mae Marsh as the Sweets, early in John Ford’s sentimental re-make, 3 Godfathers, 1948.
Mister Roberts (1955) -- (Movie Clip) Disharmony Aboard This Ship Henry Fonda, who won the Tony on Broadway in the same title role, takes a startling, indecent dressing down from James Cagney (the always-nameless “Captain,”), standing up for his crew (Ken Curtis et al) and his right to seek a transfer, in Mister Roberts, 1955, from Joshua Logan’s play, from the book by Thomas Heggen.
Black Fury (1935) -- (Movie Clip) Old Country Dance At the Pennsylvania coal mine company town, proud “bohunk” miner Joe (Paul Muni) leads his party, including pal Mike (John Qualen) and his maybe-wavering fianceè Anna (Karen Morley), into the dance, even greeting the company cops (Ward Bond, and William Gargan as Slim), in Warner Bros.’ controversial Black Fury, 1935.
Kit Carson (1940) -- (Movie Clip) Horizon Fever Efficient framing and opening from screenwriter George Bruce and director George B. Seitz, introducing Jon Hall as the title character, Ward Bond his man “Ape” and Harold Huber as Lopez, expressing attitudes both wise and nasty, then cracking action as the Shoshone attack, in independent producer Edward Small’s Kit Carson, 1940.
Kit Carson (1940) -- (Movie Clip) They'd Kinda Like Them Brass Buttons Clever scene by director George Seitz, Raymond Hatton (said to have appeared in 500 movies) as host Bridger advises bathing Jon Hall (title character) and crew (Ward Bond, Harold Huber) about the offer from Fremont (Dana Andrews as the historical character) and Terry (“Lone Ranger” Clayton Moore), Lynn Bari in the neighboring tub, in producer Edward Small’s Kit Carson, 1940.
Kit Carson (1940) -- (Movie Clip) Don't Hurry So Fast Producer Edward Small getting his money’s worth in Monument Valley (even if the story takes place along the distant Oregon Trail), Dana Andrews as (historical figure) Captain Fremont wants to hurry the wagon train, civilian Clayton Moore obeying until Jon Hall (title character) and his team (Ward Bond, Harold Huber) show up to take the trail guide jobs they at first refused, Lynn Bari the affronted Miss Murphy, in Kit Carson, 1940.
Fugitive, The (1947) -- (Movie Clip) First Told In The Bible Opening narration by Ward Bond, John Ford directing from Dudley Nichols’ sanitized adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel, Henry Fonda the title character, with Dolores Del Rio, clear from the start that Ford’s chief interest is Gabriel Figueroa’s virtuosic cinematography, from The Fugitive, 1947.
Operation Pacific (1951) -- (Movie Clip) The Entire Silent Service Opening with foreword, as John Wayne is Navy commander “Duke” Gifford, on shore rescuing children and nuns from a Pacific island, Martin Milner, Jack Pennick among his submarine crew, in Operation Pacific, 1951, co-starring Patricia Neal.
Operation Pacific (1951) -- (Movie Clip) I've Been Numb For Four Years Now ashore at Pearl Harbor, John Wayne as submarine officer "Duke" Gifford is interrupted by head nurse Katherine Givney as he tries to visit a baby he helped rescue, then meets his ex-wife (Patricia Neal as Mary), now a nurse, with whom he lost a son before their divorce, in Operation Pacific, 1951.
Wagon Master (1950) -- (Movie Clip) They Was Invited Out The Mormon wagon train led by Elder Wiggs (Ward Bond) finds common cause with the members of a bereft medicine show (Joanne Dru, Alan Mowbray, Ruth Clifford), Travis (Ben Johnson) and Sister Ledyard (Jane Darwell) adding opinions, in John Ford's Wagon Master, 1950.


Quiet Man, The - (Original Trailer) John Wayne is an Irish-born ex-boxer who retires to Ireland and searches for the proper wife in John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952).
Maltese Falcon, The (1941) -- (Original Trailer) Humphrey Bogart plays Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941), possibly the greatest detective movie of all time.
Gypsy Colt - (Original Trailer) It's Lassie, Come Home but with a horse in Gypsy Colt (1954) starring Ward Bond.
Grapes of Wrath, The - (Original Trailer) Henry Fonda stars in John Ford's movie version of the John Steinbeck novel about Depression-era migrants, The Grapes of Wrath (1940).
Going Places (1938) - (Original Trailer) Louis Armstrong is the only one who can calm a difficult racehorse who is Going Places (1938) in this Warner Brothers musical.
Go Into Your Dance - (Original Trailer) Real-life husband and wife Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler star in the musical melodrama Go Into Your Dance (1935).
Fugitives for a Night - (Original Trailer) A faded star is suspected of killing a studio executive in Fugitives for a Night (1938) written by Dalton Trumbo (Roman Holiday, Spartacus).
Wild Boys of the Road - (Original Trailer) An impoverished girl masquerades as a boy to run with a gang of young hobos in Wild Boys of the Road (1933).
Heroes For Sale - (Original Trailer) A war hero becomes a "forgotten man" after he loses his job in Heroes For Sale (1933).
Broadway Hostess - (Original Trailer) Small-town girl Winifred Shaw becomes a star but it's tears among the footlights for the Broadway Hostess (1935).
Waterfront - (Original Trailer) A hard-living dockworker (Dennis Morgan) finds religion until his brother is murdered on the Waterfront (1939).
Devil Dogs of the Air - (Original Trailer) James Cagney joins the Marine Flying Corps. Think he'll settle in without causing trouble? Think again in Devil Dogs of the Air (1935).