Character actors are those highly skilled actors whose face you might recognize but whose name you don't. When a male actor from the golden age of Hollywood appears in over 250 films, maybe it's not surprising that he was in more Best Picture nominated movies than any other actor. Ward Bond created many memorable supporting roles, like Detective Tom Polhaus in The Maltese Falcon and Bert in It's a Wonderful Life. He had small roles in big pictures like The Grapes of Wrath, The Quiet Man, Tobacco Road and The Searchers. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but was never nominated for an Academy Award. He ended his career in a starring role on television, in the hit show Wagon Train.
He appears in seven of the American Film Institute's List of the best 100 films, more than any other actor.