Victor Mature, Tony Martin, John Payne, and Glenn Ford

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on October 12, 2003

Would you have any information on Victor Mature, Tony Martin, John Payne or Glenn Ford?
—Angie R., New York

Louisville, Ky.-born Victor Mature, who played strongman Samson in 1948's Samson and Delilah, was once billed by his studio as a "beautiful hunk of man." He passed away in 1999 at age 85. John Payne, another movie star known for his handsome face, was the son of a farmer and an opera singer. He passed away in 1989 at the age of 77. Singer Tony Martin, born Alvin Morris in San Francisco, is 89 years old. He's been married for more than 50 years to dancer Cyd Charisse. Glenn Ford, born Gwyllyn Samueal Newton Ford in Quebec, is now 87. He keeps in touch with fans through his official website, Ford will occasionally pen a message for the site himself, and his son Peter keeps visitors informed of any news on a regular basis. Peter currently is working on a biography of his father with writer Christopher Nickens. The book is scheduled for release next spring.