PROFILE
Name:
Alan Ford
Birth Place:
Nationality:
British
Famous for:
His role in 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' (1998)
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Alan Ford
Snatch.

Background:

English actor Alan Ford is probably best recalled for his work on the Guy Ritchie successful crime films “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (1998) and “Snatch.” (2000). He also appeared in  “An American Werewolf in London” (1981), “Chaplin” (1992), “Exorcist: The Beginning” (2004), “Mission London” (2010) and “Jack Falls” (2011). Ford's television credits include “Law & Order” (1978), “Running Scared” (1986),  “Hero to Zero” (2000), “The Armando Iannucci Shows” (2001) and “Passer By” (2004).

Ford has been a vegetarian for decades.


Londoner

Childhood and Family:

Alan Ford was born on March 14, 1935, in London, England. He shares a birthday with Michael Caine, Mercedes McNab, Kylie Tyndall, Keaton Tyndall, Quincy Jones, Chris Klein and Jamie Bell. He attended East 15 Acting School.


Jack Falls

Career:

Alan Ford kicked off his professional acting career in 1973 when he landed a guest spot in the BBC crime/drama series “Softly Softly: Task Force.”  In the following year, he joined the sitcom “Romany Jones” in the role of Ken. Ford made his feature film debut in “The Squeeze,” a 1977 British drama directed by Michael Apted and starring Stacy Keach, David Hemmings and Edward Fox. There he played the supporting role of Taff.  

In 1978, Ford was cast as Clifford Harding in on the BBC television miniseries “Law & Order,”  starring Peter Dean, Derek Martin and Ken Campbell as Jack Lynn, D.I. Fred Pyall and Alex Gladwell, respectively. The show was written by G. F. Newman and directed by Les Blair. Ford continued to guest star in television shows like “Armchair Thriller” (1978, as Bill), “Strangers” (1980, as Johnny James), “Smuggler” (1981, as Giles Sawney), “Maybury” (1981, as Mr. Clegg), “The Chinese Detective” (2 episodes, 1981-1982; as Jack Arthur Bross), “BBC2 Playhouse” (1982), “Keep It in the Family” (1983, as Van driver), “Summer Season” (1985, as Harold), ”C.A.T.S. Eyes” (1986), “Rockliffe's Babies” (1987), “Bergerac” (1988) and “Birds of a Feather” (1989).  He also appeared in several episodes of “Play for Today” between 1979 and 1980, and made his first of a series guest appearances on the hit ITV series “The Bill” in 1985. Ford made his television movie debut in “The Best Years of Your Life” (1986), in which he played the father, and played Ron Martin in the television series “Running Scared” (1986), opposite Hetty Baynes, Tony Caunter and Catherine Chase.

Ford returned to the big screen when he landed a small role as a of Shand's gang in the gangster movie “The Long Good Friday” (1980), starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. The John Mackenzie directed was ranked No. 21 in the British Film Institute's list of the top 100 British films of the 20th century. He followed it up with a bit part as taxi driver in the British/American horror film “An American Werewolf in London” (1981), which was written and directed by John Landis, and starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, and Griffin Dunne. Released in the United States on August 21, 1981, the film grossed $30.56 million at the box office against a production budget of $10 million and received mostly favorable reviews from critics. The same year, he also appeared with Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed, Nicol Williamson and Sarah Miles in the Piers Haggard directed horror film “Venom,” which was released theatrically in the United States by Paramount Pictures in 1982 and made over $5 million the box office. In 1982, he portrayed the supporting role of Dan in the film “Give Us This Day,” directed and penned by Phil Mulloy.

In 1990, Ford had a recurring role as Mr. Ratcliffe in the BBC long running but now defunct  teen soap “Grange Hill,” created by Phil Redmond. He went on to appear in episodes of “The New Statesman” (1991), “The Darling Buds of May” (1992), “The Upper Hand” (1993), “Love Hurts” (1994), “Minder” (1994, as Bennett), “Murder Most Horrid” (1994, as First villain), “Class Act” (1994, as Geoff the Builder), “Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge” (1994, as Terry Norton), “Madson” (1996, as  Adrian), “London Bridge” (1996, as Ron), “The Knock” (1997, as Robbie Reynolds), “ An Unsuitable Job for a Woman” (1998) and “Mosley” (1998) as well as in the TV miniseries “Little Napoleons” (1 episode, 1994; as Gerald Nowell) and “No Bananas” (2 episodes, 1996; as Bernie Silver).

Meanwhile, on the silver screen, Ford appeared with Chesney Hawkes, Roger Daltrey, Sharon Duce and Michael Elphick in the film “Buddy's Song” (1991), adapted from the Nigel  Hinton novel, and played the role of Warder in the British/American biographical film “Chaplin” (1992), starring Robert Downey, Jr. as the English comedian Charlie Chaplin. After about six years of absence,  the actor issued a successful comeback to the film industry with his role as Alan/Narrator on “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (1998), a British crime/drama film written and directed by Guy Ritchie. The film earned positive reviews from critics, and gained acclaim from audiences everywhere. It grossed over $25 million worldwide against a production budget of $1.35 million.    

In 2000, Ford reunited with Guy Ritchie for the crime movie, “Snatch.,” in which the actor was cast as a pitiless gangster known as Brick Top. Starring Jason Statham, Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro, the film was largely successful, both at box office and in critical acclaim. From an estimated budget of $3 million, the film has grossed over $83.5 million worldwide. Still in 2000, Ford provided the voice of Fredglob in the short “Furry Story” and played Ron Warley in a British children's drama television show, “Hero to Zero.”  

In 2001, Ford had a recurring role as The East End Thug, a middle aged Cockney Villain who can solve almost any problem through the medium of violent gangland threats in Channel 4's series “The Armando Iannucci Shows,” which was directed and co-written by and starred Armando Iannucci. In the following year, he narrated the crime/drama movie “The Great Dome Robbery,” directed by Gabriel Range and written by Range and Steve Barker. He then made guest appearances in the television shows “William and Mary” (2003), “Waking the Dead” (2003, as Jack Ely) and “Keen Eddie” (2004) and appeared as publican in the made for television movie “Passer By” (2004), directed by David Morrissey and starring James Nesbitt, Siobhan Finneran and Emily Bruni. Also in 2004, the actor portrayed Jefferies in the Renny Harlin helmed “Exorcist: The Beginning,” which he starred alongside Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco, James D'Arcy and Ralph Brown. The film received mostly negative reviews and was not a financial success.     

Ford resurfaced in 2006 when he  made guest appearances in “Snuff Box” and “Jane Hall” (both 2006). The same year, he also made his eighth appearance in the show “The Bill.” Two years later, he appeared in episodes of “Hotel Babylon” and “Casualty” as well as starred alongside Imogen Church, Annette Kellow, James Fisher, Scott Thomas in the thriller movie “Night Dragon.” During 2009-2010, Ford could be seen making guest appearances in television shows “The Legend of Dick and Dom,” “Doctors,” “My Almost Famous Family” (2 episodes, as Terry) and “Hotel Trubble.” In addition, he had the role of Sol in the British crime film “Dead Man Running” (2009), which was co-written and directed by Alex De Rakoff and executive produced by football players Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand, and starred as Sibling in the comedy film “Mission London” (2010), opposite Tomas Arana,  and Ralph Brown. He appeared as Johnson in the short “ The Ballad of Mulla and Mullins” (2010).

In 2011, Ford starred as crime boos Carter in the British film noir “Jack Falls,” opposite his “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” co-stars Jason Flemying and Dexter Fletcher. The same year, he also returned to the television series “Casualty” when he played Norman Danvers in the episode “Partners.”

Recently, in 2012, Ford co-starred as Harry in the British comedy/horror movie “Strippers vs Werewolves,” opposite Steven Berkoff, Robert Englund and Billy Murray, and played Max in the Paul Chronnell written and Dominic Burns directed horror film “Airborne,” starring Mark Hamill and Billy Murray.

Ford is set to play Ray Macguire in the upcoming film “Cockneys vs Zombies,” opposite Michelle Ryan, Honor Blackman and Georgia King. Besides, he will appear with Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell and Ray Winstone in the action/crime movie “The Sweeney” (2012), helmed by Nick Love.


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