Ward Bond

Ward Bond

Benkelman, Dundy County, Nebraska, USA
Death 5 Nov 1960 (aged 57)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Specifically: Ashes spread in the Pacific Ocean somewhere between Newport Beach and Catalina Island
Memorial ID 2332 · View Source
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Actor. He is most remembered for playing the role of Seth Adam in the NBC TV series “Wagon Train”. Born Wardell Edwin Bond, his childhood was in Denver, Colorado as the son of a lumberyard worker. At six-foot one-inch, he stood tall and had rugged appearance, which was great for the role of a cowboy. He was a football player at the University of Southern California when, together with teammate John Wayne , he was hired for extra work in the 1928 silent film “Salute” , which was directed by John Ford. Both Bond and Wayne continued in films, but Bond never achieved the fame and notoriety that was afforded Wayne. Ward Bond received numerous small roles and bit parts, playing character roles throughout the 1930s, including the role of "Tom," a Yankee captain, in “Gone with the Wind in 1939. He received some attention for his role as the murderous "Cass" in John Ford's 1939 film “Young Mr. Lincoln”. Bond appeared in numerous Ford films during the 1940s, appearing alongside his famous friend, John Wayne. Some of the films he appeared in during this period were “The Maltese Falcon” in 1941, “Tall in the Saddle” in 1944, “They Were Expendable” in 1945, “My Darling Clementine” in 1946, and “Fort Apache” in 1948. His role as "Officer Bert" in “It's a Wonderful Life” in 1946, inspired Jim Henson to name one of his most famous Muppets after Bond's character: Bert, of Bert and Ernie fame. “The Searchers”, a 1956 film that was listed #12 in 2007 as one of “The 100 Best American Movies”, starred Bond and his long-time friend, John Wayne. A starring role in Ford's 1950 film “Wagonmaster”, led to Bond's most lasting professional role, his continuing part as trail master Seth Adams on the hit NBC television series “Wagon Train”, which debuted in 1957. Bond even saw to it that Ford directed one episode in which John Wayne had a bit role, who was billed under his real name of Marion Michael Morrison. Bond stayed with “Wagon Train” for three seasons. “Wagon Train” was NBC's number one series when Bond unexpectedly died of a heart attack. The role of wagon master on “Wagon Train” was then given to John McIntire.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ward Bond (9 Apr 1903–5 Nov 1960), Find a Grave Memorial no. 2332, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, who reports a Ashes spread in the Pacific Ocean somewhere between Newport Beach and Catalina Island.