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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Fade to black

Actor Glenn Ford, who was born in Canada, has died...

Posted by Rick Hiebert on August 31, 2006 | Permalink


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For what it's worth, this would explain why Glenn Ford was not included in the Canadians in Hollywood series of stamps earlier this year.

(Canada Post has a rule, which it seems to bend on occasion, that no one living aside from the Queen may appear on a stamp.)

Posted by: Rick Hiebert | 2006-08-31 9:08:41 AM

Or, perhaps Glenn Ford wasn't and won't be included in the "Canadians" in Hollywood stamp series because he wasn't Canadian but thoroughly American.

This habit of claiming as Canadian any celebrity (or Lebanese with a passport), no matter how remote the connection to Canada, is annoying.

Posted by: JR | 2006-08-31 12:22:54 PM

JR is correct, Ford has been living in the US since childhood and has been a citizen since 1939.

What about other so-called "Canadians" in Hollywood like Brendan Fraser (born in Indiana) or Matthew Perry (born in Massachusetts), or Mike Myers (born in Toronto sure, but born to British parents, married a US citizen, - triple citizenship! - and has lived in the US for most of his professional career.)

Neither Jim Carrey nor Pamela Anderson were well known in Canada before they went to California. It seems that Canadian culture is dominated by the losers that either fail in Hollywood or aren't talented enough to make it there.

Face the facts: Canadian culture does not exist, never has existed, and never will exist no matter how hard people try. I'm thinking of that racist film "Bon Cop Good Cop" right now, to which taxpayer's money was used - and it won't even come close to repaying it. Pathetic.

Thank goodness I'm Albertan, where trivialities like Canadianness don't matter.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2006-08-31 3:15:30 PM

Well, I'd just like to say I'm thinking of his loved ones. It seems that Glenn Ford lived a long and pretty good life. God bless him and rest eternal grant unto him . . .

Posted by: lookout | 2006-08-31 3:47:25 PM

My dad looked a lot like Glenn Ford. That's what I always think of when I hear his name or see his photo. Apparently, people thought that Glenn Ford was handsome, and I like to hear that because, typically, kids don't usually think of their dad in terms of handsome or ugly: He's just Daddy.

Posted by: 'been around the block | 2006-08-31 3:54:01 PM

I still remember Glenn Ford most from his role as Jonathan Kent in the 1978 movie "Superman".

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2006-08-31 3:56:11 PM


Despite my above peeve about 'claimed Canadians' I did appreciate the announcement of Glenn Ford's passing after a long and successful life. I always enjoyed his films, especially the dusters.

Posted by: JR | 2006-08-31 8:03:15 PM

I loved Glenn Ford's rugged goood looks, Canadians should be very proud of him. He was no 'pantie waist' in real or movie life. God rest his soul.
If we do not think Glen Ford is Canadian then what is Eggie? Glen Ford did not come up here to try and rule the land of his birth - YEARS after he left!

Posted by: jema54j | 2006-08-31 8:36:28 PM

Maybe he could act, but his cars suck!

Posted by: Markalta | 2006-09-02 12:50:37 AM

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