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Ford Sterling (1883-1939)

The prolific silent film comic and movie actor Ford Sterling was born George Ford Stich on November 3rd, 1883 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He ran away from home while just a young boy to join the John Robinson "Big Top" circus as a clown. Later, he became "Keno, the Boy Clown". Then followed years of theater work in stock companies, playing roles in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in the afternoons, and the lead role in "Julius Caesar" at night. Ford landed on Broadway in a hit show called "Sidewalk Chatter." Mack Sennett then signed Ford to a contract with his Keystone studio, and Ford became "Chief Teeheezel" in Sennett's successful Keystone Kops series, replacing Hank Mann. Ford's popularity as a silent film comic at Keystone was unsurpassed, until his rival Charles Chaplin appeared on the scene. In Chaplin's 1964 autobiography he describes with glee the effect on Ford as he heard the laughter from the crew on the movie set when Charlie made his first appearance in his Tramp incarnation, walking around joyfully, twirling his cane. According to Charlie, Ford kept popping his head out of his star dressing room, wondering who was generating all that laughter. He had been used to receiving it himself.

In addition to Keystone, Ford worked for studios Famous-Players Lasky, First National, and Fox, playing various character and supporting roles. He made the transition to sound films smoothly and worked throughout the early to mid 1930's. His final film was "Framing Father" (1936). Ford Sterling married once, to actress Teddy Sampson in 1914. Their marriage lasted till Ford's death from a heart attack on October 13th, 1939. ~ Copyright © 2004 goldensilents.com

Ford Sterling's Silent Films

Chicken a La King (1928) .... Horace Trundle
Sporting Goods (1928) .... Mr. Jordan
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928) .... Gus Eisman
Wife Savers (1928) .... Tavern Keeper
Figures Don't Lie (1927) .... 'Howdy' Jones
For the Love of Mike (1927) .... Herman Schultz
Trunk Mystery, The (1927) .... Jeff
Drums of the Desert (1927) .... Perkins
Casey at the Bat (1927) .... O'Dowd
Good and Naughty (1926) .... Bunny West
Stranded in Paris (1926) .... Count Pasada
Everybody's Acting (1926) .... Michael Poole
Show Off, The (1926) .... Aubrey Piper
Mike (1926) .... Tad
Miss Brewster's Millions (1926) .... Ned Brewster
Road to Glory, The (1926) .... James Allen
American Venus, The (1926) .... Hugo Niles
Woman on the Jury, The (1925) .... Juror
Stage Struck (1925) .... Buck
Steppin' Out (1925) .... John Durant
Trouble with Wives, The (1925) .... Al Hennessey
My Lady's Lips (1925) .... Smike
Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1925) .... Oscar
So Big (1924) .... Jacob Hoogenduck
Love and Glory (1924) .... Emile Pompaneau
He Who Gets Slapped (1924) .... Tricaud
Galloping Fish, The (1924) .... George Fitzgerald
... aka Galloping Fish (1924) (USA: reissue title)
Wild Oranges (1924) .... Paul Halvard
Day of Faith, The (1923) .... Montreal Sammy
Destroying Angel (1923) .... Max Weil
Hollywood (1923) .... Cameo appearance
... aka Joligud (1923)
Spoilers, The (1923) .... 'Slapjack' Simms
Brass Bottle, The (1923) .... Rapkin
Strangers' Banquet, The (1922) .... Al Norton
Oh, Mabel Behave (1922) .... Squire Peachem
Pyjama Marriage, A (1921)
Seminary Scandal, A (1921)
Watch Your Husbands (1921)
Great Scott! (1920)
Love, Honor and Behave (1920) .... Milton Robin, a Haberdasher
Don't Weaken! (1920)
Married Life (1920) .... Art patron
Lady's Tailor, A (1919) .... A temperamental modiste
Among Those Present (1919)
Hearts and Flowers (1919) .... A Leader of Men
Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919) .... The Kaiser
... aka Kaiser's Last Squeal, The (1919) (USA)
Fools and Duels (1919)
Beware of Boarders (1918)
Stars and Bars (1917)
Her Torpedoed Love (1917) .... Reginald Scuttle, the Conniving Butler
Maiden's Trust, A (1917)
Pinched in the Finish (1917)
Done in Oil (1917)
His Wild Oats (1916)
Now Cure, The (1916)
His Lying Heart (1916)
His Pride and Shame (1916)
Billy's Riot (1915)
Crash, The (1915)
His Father's Footsteps (1915)
Hunt, The (1915)
Only a Messenger Boy (1915)
Our Dare Devil Chief (1915)
Snookee's Flirtation (1915)
When Smeltz Loves (1915)
Fatty and the Broadway Stars (1915)
Dirty Work in a Laundry (1915) .... The desperate scoundrel
... aka Desperate Scoundrel, A (1915)
Court House Crooks (1915) .... The District Attorney
He Wouldn't Stay Down (1915)
That Little Band of Gold (1915) .... Gassy Gotrox
... aka For Better or Worse (1915)
Between Showers (1914) .... Mirval Masher
... aka Charlie and the Umbrella (1914)
... aka Flirts, The (1914)
... aka In Wrong Thunder and Lightning (1914) (USA)
Double Crossed (1914)
False Beauty, A (1914)
... aka Faded Vampire, A (1914)
Gentleman Burgler (1914)
Love and Dynamite (1914)
Mabel's Strange Predicament (1914)
... aka Hotel Mixup (1914)
Minstrel Man, The (1914)
Too Many Brides (1914)
... aka Love Chase, The (1914)
His New Job (1914)
Black Hands (1914)
Bear Escape, A (1914)
Ill Wind, An (1914)
Snookee's Day Off (1914)
Carmen's Wash Day (1914)
Heinie's Outing (1914)
Hypnotic Power (1914)
Shooting Match, A (1914)
Snookee's Disguise (1914)
Rural Affair, A (1914)
His Wife's Flirtation (1914)
That Minstrel Man (1914)
At Three O'Clock (1914)
Dramatic Mistake, A (1914)
Crash, The (1914)
Flirt, The (1914/I)
Jealous Husband, A (1914)
Knockout, The (1914) .... Audience Member
... aka Counted Out (1914)
... aka Pugilist, The (1914)
Snitz Joins the Force (1914)
Papa's Boy (1914)
Sergeant Hofmeyer (1914) .... Sergeant Hofmeyer
Fatal Wedding, The (1914/I)
Love and Vengeance (1914)
Tango Tangles (1914) .... Band Leader
... aka Charlie's Recreation (1914)
... aka Music Hall (1914)
Film Johnnie, A (1914) .... Ford
... aka Charlie at the Studio (1914)
... aka Charlie the Actor (1914) (USA)
... aka Film Johnny (1914) (UK)
... aka Million Dollar Job (1914)
... aka Movie Nut (1914)
Robust Romeo, A (1914)
In the Clutches of the Gang (1914) .... Chief Tehiezel
Firebugs, The (1913)
Game of Poker, A (1913)
Game of Pool, A (1913)
His Crooked Career (1913)
His Ups and Downs (1913)
Jealous Waiter, The (1913)
Just Kids (1913/I)
Landlord's Troubles, A (1913)
Land Salesman, The (1913)
Love and Pain (1913)
Love and Rubbish (1913)
Man Next Door, The (1913)
Murphy's I.O.U. (1913)
New Conductor, The (1913)
Out and In (1913)
Peddler, The (1913)
Rastus and the Game Cock (1913)
Safe in Jail (1913)
Schnitz the Tailor (1913)
Sleuth's Last Stand, The (1913)
Small Time Act, A (1913)
... aka Small Town Act, A (1913) (USA: alternative title)
Some Nerve (1913)
Stolen Purse, The (1913)
Teddy Tetzlaff and Earl Cooper (1913)
Their Husbands (1913)
Two Widows, The (1913)
Zuzu, the Band Leader (1913)
Fatty's Flirtation (1913)
Gusher, The (1913)
Cohen Saves the Flag (1913) .... Cohen
Muddy Romance, A (1913)
... aka Mud Bath, A (1913) (USA)
... aka Muddled in Mud (1913)
Bad Game, A (1913)
Wine (1913)
... aka Wine Making (1913) (USA)
Love Sickness at Sea (1913)
Baffles (1913) .... Baffles
... aka Raffles, Gentleman Burglar (1913) (USA)
Fatty at San Diego (1913)
Speed Kings, The (1913) .... Papa
Bowling Match, The (1913)
When Dreams Come True (1913)
Faithful Taxicab, The (1913)
... aka Fatal Taxicab, The (1913)
Mabel's Dramatic Career (1913) .... Actor/Onscreen villain
... aka Her Dramatic Debut (1913)
Baby Day (1913)
Riot, The (1913)
Professor Bean's Removal (1913)
Love and Courage (1913)
Cohen's Outing (1913) .... Cohen
For the Love of Mabel (1913)
Bandit, A (1913) .... The Bandit
Peeping Pete (1913)
Waiters' Picnic, The (1913)
Hansom Driver, The (1913)
Speed Queen, The (1913)
Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913) .... The Villain
Gangsters, The (1913)
Foreman of the Jury, The (1913)
Toplitsky and Company (1913)
Algy on the Force (1913)
That Ragtime Band (1913) .... Prof. Smelts
... aka Jazz Band Leader, The (1913) (USA: reissue title)
... aka Jazz Band, The (1913)
Bangville Police, The (1913)
Life in the Balance, A (1913/I)
... aka Potted Plays No. 7 (1917) (UK: reissue title)
Father's Choice (1913)
Those Good Old Days (1913)
Hide and Seek (1913)
On His Wedding Day (1913) .... The Bridegroom
Chief's Predicament, The (1913)
Rube and the Baron, The (1913)
Fishy Affair, A (1913)
Foiling Fickle Father (1913)
Strong Revenge, A (1913)
Sleuths at the Floral Parade, The (1913)
Red Hot Romance, A (1913)
Professor's Daughter, The (1913)
Heinze's Resurrection (1913)
Battle of Who Run, The (1913)
Elite Ball, The (1913)
Just Brown's Luck (1913)
Deacon Outwitted, The (1913)
Mistaken Masher, The (1913)
For Lizzie's Sake (1913)
Cure That Failed, The (1913)
How Hiram Won Out (1913)
Double Wedding, A (1913)
Saving Mabel's Dad (1913)
Hoffmeyer's Legacy (1912) .... Hoffmeyer
Mabel's Adventures (1912)
Midnight Elopement, A (1912)
Pat's Day Off (1912)
Bear Escape, A (1912)
Mr. Fix-It (1912)
... aka Mr. Fixer (1912)
Rivals, The (1912/I)
Deacon's Troubles, The (1912)
Temperamental Husband, A (1912)
At It Again (1912)
Mabel's Lovers (1912)
At Coney Island (1912)
... aka Cohen at Coney Island (1912)
Grocery Clerk's Romance, The (1912)
Ambitious Butler (1912)
Flirting Husband, The (1912)
Beating He Needed, The (1912)
Pedro's Dilemma (1912)
Stolen Glory (1912)
New Neighbor, The (1912)
Riley and Schultz (1912)
Water Nymph, The (1912) .... Mack's Father
Cohen Collects a Debt (1912) .... Cohen
Stern Papa (1912) .... Papa
He Must Have a Wife (1912) .... The Rival
Interrupted Elopement, An (1912) .... One of Bob's Friends
Tragedy of the Dress Suit (1912) .... The Keeper of the Boardinghouse
Fatal Chocolate, The (1912)
Did Mother Get Her Wish? (1912)
Mix-up in Raincoats, A (1911)
Taking His Medicine (1911) .... The Doctor
Abe Gets Even with Father (1911) .... Abe (unconfirmed)
Inventor's Secret, The (1911)
Too Many Burglars (1911)
Lucky Horseshoe, The (1911)
Dutch Gold Mine (1911)


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