Gwyllyn Samuel Newton "Glenn" Ford was a Canadian-American actor whose career lasted more than 50 years. Although he played different types of roles in many genres of movies, Ford was best known for playing ordinary men in unusual circumstances, he was most prominent during Hollywood's Golden Age though he continued as one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Some of his most significant roles were in Gilda and The Big Heat, both films noirs, the high school angst film Blackboard Jungle. However, it was for comedies or westerns which he received acting laurels, including three Golden Globe Nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy movie, winning for Pocketful of Miracles, he played a supporting role as Clark Kent's adoptive father in Superman. Five of his films have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally or aesthetically" significant: Gilda, The Big Heat, Blackboard Jungle, 3:10 to Yuma and Superman. Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford was born on May 1, 1916, in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, the son of Hannah Wood and Newton Ford, an engineer with the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Through his father, Ford was a great-nephew of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, was related to U. S. President Martin Van Buren. In 1922, when Ford was six, the family moved first to Venice and to Santa Monica, California. While attending Santa Monica High School, he was active in school drama productions with other future actors such as James Griffith. After graduation, he began working in small theatre groups. While in high school, he took odd jobs, including working for Will Rogers, who taught him horsemanship. Ford commented that his father had no objection to his growing interest in acting, but told him, "It's all right for you to try to act, if you learn something else first. Be able to take a car apart and put it together. Be able to build a house, every bit of it. You'll always have something." Ford heeded the advice and during the 1950s, when he was one of Hollywood's most popular actors, he worked on plumbing and air conditioning at home. Ford became a naturalized citizen of the United States on November 10, 1939.
Ford acted in West Coast stage companies before joining Columbia Pictures in 1939. His stage name came from his father's hometown of Alberta, his first major movie part was in Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence. Top Hollywood director John Cromwell was impressed enough with his work to borrow him from Columbia for the independently produced drama, So Ends Our Night, where Ford delivered a poignant portrayal of a 19-year-old German exile on the run in Nazi-occupied Europe. Working with Academy Award-winning Fredric March and wooing 30-year-old Margaret Sullavan nominated for an Oscar, Ford's shy, ardent young refugee riveted attention in such stellar company. "Glenn Ford, a most promising newcomer," wrote The New York Times's Bosley Crowther in a review on February 28, 1941, "draws more substance and appealing simplicity from his role of the boy than any one else in the cast."After the film's publicized premiere in Los Angeles and a gala fundraiser in Miami, President Franklin Roosevelt saw the film in a private screening at the White House, admired the film greatly.
Ford was invited to Roosevelt's annual Birthday Ball. He promptly registered as a Democrat, a fervent FDR supporter. "I was so impressed when I met Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt," recalled Glenn Ford to his son decades "I was thrilled when I got back to Los Angeles and found a beautiful photograph autographed to me. It always held a place of high honor in my home."After 35 interviews and glowing reviews for him Glenn Ford had young female fans begging for his autograph, too. However, the young man was disappointed when Columbia Pictures did nothing with this prestige and new visibility and instead kept plugging him into conventional films for the rest of his 7-year contract, his next picture, was his first Western, a genre with which he would be associated for the rest of his life. Set after the Civil War, it paired him with another young male star under contract, Bill Holden, who became a lifelong friend. More routine films followed, none of them memorable, but lucrative enough to allow Ford to buy his mother and himself a beautiful new home in the Pacific Palisades.
So Ends Our Night affected the young star in another way: in the summer of 1941, while the United States was still technically neutral, he enlisted in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, though he had a class 3 deferment. He began his training in September, 1941, driving three nights a week to his unit in San Pedro and spending most weekends there. Ten months after Ford's portrait of a young anti-Nazi exile, the United States entered World War II. After playing a young pilot in his 11th Columbia film, Flight Lieutenant, Ford went on a cross-country 12-city tour to sell war bonds for Army and Navy Relief. In the midst of the many stars donating their time – from Bob Hope to Cary Grant to Claudette Colbert – he met the popular dancing star Eleanor Powell; the two soon fell in love. While making another war drama, with Edward G. Robinson, an ardent anti-fascist, Glenn impulsively volunteered for the United States Marine Corps Reserve on December 13, 1942; the startled studio had to beg the Marines to give their
Umang Gupta is an Indian-American entrepreneur and Silicon Valley executive credited with writing the first business plan for Oracle Corporation. Umang Gupta holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, India, an M. B. A. degree from Kent State University in Ohio, US. In 1996, Umang received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. After working seven years at IBM, in 1981 Umang Gupta joined Oracle Corporation as their 17th employee and served as vice president and general manager of the Microcomputer Products Division through 1984, he is credited with writing the first business plan for the company. Umang has been an active investor and advisor to a number of Silicon Valley start-up companies including serving on the Board of Trustees of Mosaix, a publicly held call-center systems company from 1997 to 1999 until its sale to Lucent Technologies, he was the founder and chief executive of Gupta Technologies, a client/server database and tools company, from 1984 to 1996, where he helped to usher in the era of client server computing with the first SQL database server and application development tools for PC networks.
Gupta was chairman and chief executive officer of Keynote Systems from December 1997. It was sold to private equity company Thoma Bravo in August 2013. In 2000 Gupta was honored with of the Shreyas Mavanoor Foundation Award for Civic Leadership and Philanthropy. Gupta served on the board of the Peninsula Community Foundation, which merged with another foundation to form the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the United States, he along with his wife Ruth were donors to, served as board members of PARCA, a non-profit organization in the Bay Area of California devoted to the needs of the developmentally disabled and their families, helped to found Raji House, a respite home for the developmentally disabled, located in Burlingame, California. Umang has an avid interest in history and served as Chairman of the Board of the San Mateo Historical Association where he and his wife helped sponsor the "Immigrants Gallery", a permanent exhibition to honor the contributions of immigrants to San Mateo county.
Umang was a co-founder of the IIT Kanpur Foundation and serves as Global Board Chairman of PanIIT, the alumni organization of over 200,000 alumni of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology. He has participated as an angel investor and adviser to various Silicon Valley technology companies. Biography of Umang Gupta prepared and presented at the 2000 Asian Pacific Fund gala by Board Member and KRON TV News Anchor Emerald Yeh
Salvatore Giuliano is a 1962 Italian film directed by Francesco Rosi. Shot in a neo-realist documentary, non-linear style, it follows the lives of those involved with the famous Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano. Giuliano is off-screen during the film and appears most notably as a corpse. Derek Malcolm called it "almost the best film about the social and political forces that have shaped that benighted island." Gino Moliterno argued that "Rosi's original strategy in this landmark film is to aim at neither an "objective" journalistic documentary nor a fictional recreation but to employ as wide a range of disparate formal and stylistic elements as necessary to conduct a committed search for the truth that becomes, in a sense, its own narrative."David Gurevich said that "Rosi marries the neo-realist, black-and-white, populist aesthetic to the mad media circus of La Dolce Vita, tosses in some minimalist alienation from Antonioni, makes the film jump back and forth in time without any markers, makes his despair so infectious that we would be disappointed to know the truth."
Terrence Rafferty noted that "Salvatore Giuliano manages to sustain an impossible balance of immediacy and reflection: it's such an exciting piece of filmmaking that you might not realize until the end that its dominant tone is contemplative melancholy."Director Martin Scorsese listed Salvatore Giuliano as one of his twelve favorite films of all time. Salvo Randone as President of Viterbo Assize Court Frank Wolff as Gaspare Pisciotta Director Francesco Rosi provided narration in the Italian version. Most of the other cast members were non-professional locals. Known uncredited cast members: Pietro Cammarata as Salvatore Giuliano Sennuccio Benelli as Reporter Giuseppe Calandra as Minor Official Max Cartier as Francesco Fernando Cicero as Bandit Bruno Ukmar as Spy Cosimo Torino as Frank Mannino Federico Zardi as Pisciotta’s Defense Counsel The Citizens of Castelvetrano and Palermo, Sicily as Themselves Director: Francesco Rosi Writing credits: Suso Cecchi d'Amico Enzo Provenzale Franceso Rosi Franco Solinas Producer: Franco Cristaldi Silver Bear for Best Director, 1962 Silver Ribbon Award for Best Cinematography, 1963 Silver Ribbon Award for Best Director, 1963 Silver Ribbon Award for Best Score, 1963 Salvatore Giuliano, a 1986 Italian opera by Lorenzo Ferrero The Sicilian, a novel by Mario Puzo based on the life of Salvatore Giuliano The Sicilian, a film based on the novel, directed by Michael Cimino Gesù Sebastiano, Francesco Rosi, Giuseppe Maimone Editore, Catania 1993 Kezich Tullio e Sebastiano Gesù, Salvatore Giuliano, Giuseppe Maimone Editore, Catania 1993 Salvatore Giuliano on IMDb Salvatore Giuliano at AllMovie Salvatore Giuliano an essay by Michel Ciment at the Criterion Collection Erikson, Glenn.
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