He was also a stunt double for Chuck Connors on The Rifleman along with many other TV Series/movies as Branded — Arrest and Trial — 99 and 44/100% Dead — Soylent Green — Tomahawk Trail — Captain Nemo and the Underwater City — Target: Embassy — The Legend of Sea Wolf.
He started films in the early 1950's as a bit player, stand-in, and double for such tall actors as John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Charlton Heston, Sterling Hayden, and Vincent Price. He was still going by the name Fritz Apking when he doubled for actor Phil Carey during the football scenes in The Long Gray Line.
Because his hair was darker than Chuck's, Fritz wore a hat wired tightly to his head so viewers wouldn't catch on. He told Enquirer reporter John Erardi in a 2001 interview that when he doffed his hat, he had a red line where the metal pressed into his forehead.
Fritz & Chuck met while filming Tomahawk Trail in 1957. Chuck requested that Ford double for him on The Rifleman which led to a working relationship that lasted more than twenty-five years.
Fritz Ford was born on November 12, 1927 in Reading, Ohio
He died August 25, 2006 in Amberley Village, Cincinnati, Ohio
Birth name: Fredrick 'Fritz' Apking
*Thanks to Phillip Arnold for his help in giving Fritz Ford his credit due.