He dated the actor and drag queen Divine while the two were each at the height of their popularity.
In 1989, Leo Ford was crowned King of the Beaux Arts Ball in New York City. His Queen was Melissa Slade.
He paired with Lance in Leo & Lance and Blonds Do It Best, both directed by William Higgins. In his starring role for the film Games, directed by Steve Scott, Ford played a medal-winning swimmer in the Gay Games competition with porn legend Al Parker playing a photographer assigned to take professional portraits of the athlete. In a scene that foreshadowed what happened to Ford in real life, the character he played in Games had a severe motorcycle accident that left him hospitalized, and in a coma. He died in Los Angeles some years later at the age of 34, a few days after being hit by a car while on a motorcycle.