One of the "Big 4" he was the original chief of the Keystone Cops. Born George Franklin Stich in Louisiana Crosse, Wisconsin, he began his career in silent films in 1911 with Biograph Studios. When director Mack Sennett left to set up Keystone Studios, Sterling followed him.
There, he performed as "Chief Teeheezel" in the Keystone Cops series of slapstick comedies in a successful career that spanned twenty-five years.
Making a smooth transition to talking films, Ford Sterling made the last of his more than two hundred and seventy film appearances in 1936. He died in 1939 of a heart attack (following long standing diabetes) in Los Angeles, California and is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Foreign his contribution to the motion picture industry, Ford Sterling has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6612 Hollywood Boulevard