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Bond was born in Denver, Colorado. He was educated at the University of Southern California, where he played on the football team. While Bond was on the university football team, he became friends with future Hollywood star, John Wayne.
Ward Bond made his film debut in 1929 and played over 200 roles. He was frequently typecast as an friendly policemen or as a brutal thug. He had a longtime working relationship with friend John Wayne as well as director John Ford, performing in such films as "The Searchers", "The Quiet Man", and "Fort Apache". He later starred in the popular NBC TV series Wagon Train from 1957 to 1965.
In the 1940s, Bond was an member of right-wing group called the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideas, whose major platform was opposition to alleged Communists in Hollywood.
For his contribution to the television industry, Ward 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, Oklahoma.
See also: Other notable figures in Western films
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