Ward Bond was featured in over 200 films

Ward Bond (April 9, 1903 – November 5, 1960) American film actor whose rugged appearance and easygoing charm were featured in over two hundred films and the television series “Wagon Train”. Bond is remembered for his roles as Bert in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), Father Peter Lonergan in “The Quiet Man” (1952), and Captain Clayton in “The Searchers” (1956). Other movies include “It Happened One Night” (1934), “Bringing Up Baby” (1938), “Gone with the Wind” (1939), “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940), “The Maltese Falcon” (1941), “Sergeant York” (1941), “Tall in the Saddle” (1944), “Fort Apache” (1948), “Hondo” (1953), and “Mister Roberts” (1955). Bond made twenty-three films with John Wayne and after Bond died of a heart attack on November 5, 1960 (aged 57) John Wayne gave the eulogy at his funeral. For his contribution to the television industry, Bond has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd. In 2001, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. There is also a Ward Bond Memorial Park in his birthplace of Benkelman, Nebraska.

Ward Bond (April 9, 1903 – November 5, 1960)

Ward Bond
(April 9, 1903 – November 5, 1960)

Ward Bond was featured in over two hundred films

Ward Bond was featured in over two hundred films

Ward Bond as Seth Adams (right) with Robert Horton as Flint McCullough   from the television program Wagon Train (1957 - 1965)

Ward Bond as Seth Adams (right) with Robert Horton as Flint McCullough from the television program Wagon Train (1957 – 1965)

Ward Bond (right) with John Wayne in "Tall in the Saddle" (1944)

Ward Bond (right) with John Wayne in “Tall in the Saddle” (1944)

Ward Bond (front center) with Shirley Temple (left), Irene Rich, and Henry Fonda in "Fort Apache" (1948)

Ward Bond (front center) with Shirley Temple (left), Irene Rich, and Henry Fonda in “Fort Apache” (1948)

Ward Bond (far right) with Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Barton MacLane, and Peter Lorre in "The Maltese Falcon" (1941)

Ward Bond (far right) with Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Barton MacLane, and Peter Lorre in “The Maltese Falcon” (1941)

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