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Birth information

1 February 1894 Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA

Death information

31 August 1973 Palm Desert, California, USA

Given Name

John Martin Feeney

Nickname

Pappy
Coach
Uncle Jack
The Admiral
The Liberal Democrat at Republic
Jack

How tall is John Ford?

1.83 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Mary Ford

Life Story of John Ford

John Ford is, arguably, The Great American Director. When Orson Welles, who repeatedly screened Ford's Stagecoach (1939) as a crash course in filmmaking before helming his first film, Citizen Kane (1941), was asked who his three favorite directors were, he answered, "John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." Along with D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, the first-generation pioneers who created the narrative film in America, if not the world, Ford -- who came of age when movie production began shifting from its New York-New Jersey base to California in the second decade of the 20th Century -- ranks with William Wyler, Frank Capra and Howard Hawks as not only being among the greatest of American directors, but as an artist who helped define what America was on the silver screen. Ford's cinematic art is as much a part of Americana as a Frederic Remington painting of the Old West, a subject both lovingly portrayed in their respective media. (Ford was said to have possessed a painterly gift as a filmmaker.) Such was the respect he was held by his peers in the industry, he won four Academy Awards as Best Director, a record that still stands.

The legend known as John Ford was...

Significant features of John Ford

Regardless of where his westerns were set, filming exteriors at Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah, USA.
Funeral goers in his movies usually sing the hymn "Shall We Gather at the River."
If a doomed character plays poker, the last hand he...

How much money has John Ford earned?

Stagecoach (1939) $50,000
How Green Was My Valley (1941) 100,000
They Were Expendable (1945) $300,000
Two Rode Together (1961) $225,000 plus 25% of the net profits

Publications and Magazines about John Ford

Lindsay Anderson About John Ford. 1983
William Darby John Ford's Westerns: A Thematic Analysis, with a Filmography. 1996
Scott Eyman Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford. 1999
Joseph McBride Searching for John Ford: A Life. 2001
Andrew Sinclair John Ford. 1979
Joseph McBride and Michael Wilmington John Ford. 1975
Bill Levy John Ford: A Bio-Bibliography. 1998
John Ford, Gerald Peary (ed) John Ford: Interviews. 2001
Francisco Javier Urquijo John Ford. 1991
Peter Bogdanovich John Ford. 1968
Andrew Sarris The John Ford Movie Mystery. 1975
Dan Ford Pappy: The Life of John Ford. 1979
Tag Gallagher John Ford: The Man and His Films. 1986
Ronald L. Davis John Ford: Hollywood's Old Master. 1995
John Baxter The Cinema of John Ford. 1971
J.A. Place The Western Films of John Ford. 1974
J.A. Place The Non-Western Films of John Ford. 1999
Kevin Stoehr and Michael C. Connelly, editors John Ford in Focus: Essays on the Filmmaker's Life and Work. 2008
Gaylyn Studlar, Matthew Bernstein, eds. John Ford Made Westerns: Filming the Legend in the Sound Era. 2001
Brian Spittles John Ford. 2002
Richard J. Anobile, ed. John Ford's "Stagecoach" Starring John Wayne. 1975
Sidney A. Pearson Jr. (ed.) Print the Legend: Politics, Culture and Civic Virtue in the Films of John Ford. 2009
Matheson, Sue The Westerns and War Films of John Ford. 2016
Scott Allen Nollen Three Bad Men: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond. 2013

Biographical movies about John Ford

Serenity at Sea: John Ford and the Araner 2006
John Ford 1993
The American West of John Ford 1971
Directed by John Ford 1971
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford 1973
John Ford's America 1989
John Ford Goes to War 2002
John Ford: Memorial Day 1970 1974
Monument Valley: John Ford Country 2006
John Ford and John Wayne 2002
A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne and the Searchers 1998
Cinéma, de notre temps: "Le loup et l'agneau - Ford et Hitchcock" 2001
Omnibus: "John Ford: Part One" Episode #30.12 1992

What movies did John Ford play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Vietnam! Vietnam! (1971) , 7 Women (1966) , Cheyenne Autumn (1964) , Donovan's Reef (1963) , The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) , Two Rode Together (1961) , Korea (1959) , The Last Hurrah (1958) , The Sun Shines Bright (1953) , The Quiet Man (1952) , Rio Grande (1950) , Wagon Master (1950) , Mighty Joe Young (1949) , She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) , 3 Godfathers (1948) , Fort Apache (1948) , The Fugitive (1947) , They Were Expendable (1945) , Nazi Concentration...

Birth information

1 February 1894 Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA

Death information

31 August 1973 Palm Desert, California, USA

Given Name

John Martin Feeney

Nickname

Pappy
Coach
Uncle Jack
The Admiral
The Liberal Democrat at Republic
Jack

How tall is John Ford?

1.83 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Mary Ford

Life Story of John Ford

John Ford is, arguably, The Great American Director. When Orson Welles, who repeatedly screened Ford's Stagecoach (1939) as a crash course in filmmaking before helming his first film, Citizen Kane (1941), was asked who his three favorite directors were, he answered, "John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." Along with D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, the first-generation pioneers who created the narrative film in America, if not the world, Ford -- who came of age when movie production began shifting from its New York-New Jersey base to California in the second decade of the 20th Century -- ranks with William Wyler, Frank Capra and Howard Hawks as not only being among the greatest of American directors, but as an artist who helped define what America was on the silver screen. Ford's cinematic art is as much a part of Americana as a Frederic Remington painting of the Old West, a subject both lovingly portrayed in their respective media. (Ford was said to have possessed a painterly gift as a filmmaker.) Such was the respect he was held by his peers in the industry, he won four Academy Awards as Best Director, a record that still stands.

The legend known as John Ford was...

Significant features of John Ford

Regardless of where his westerns were set, filming exteriors at Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah, USA.
Funeral goers in his movies usually sing the hymn "Shall We Gather at the River."
If a doomed character plays poker, the last hand he...

How much money has John Ford earned?

Stagecoach (1939) $50,000
How Green Was My Valley (1941) 100,000
They Were Expendable (1945) $300,000
Two Rode Together (1961) $225,000 plus 25% of the net profits

Publications and Magazines about John Ford

Lindsay Anderson About John Ford. 1983
William Darby John Ford's Westerns: A Thematic Analysis, with a Filmography. 1996
Scott Eyman Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford. 1999
Joseph McBride Searching for John Ford: A Life. 2001
Andrew Sinclair John Ford. 1979
Joseph McBride and Michael Wilmington John Ford. 1975
Bill Levy John Ford: A Bio-Bibliography. 1998
John Ford, Gerald Peary (ed) John Ford: Interviews. 2001
Francisco Javier Urquijo John Ford. 1991
Peter Bogdanovich John Ford. 1968
Andrew Sarris The John Ford Movie Mystery. 1975
Dan Ford Pappy: The Life of John Ford. 1979
Tag Gallagher John Ford: The Man and His Films. 1986
Ronald L. Davis John Ford: Hollywood's Old Master. 1995
John Baxter The Cinema of John Ford. 1971
J.A. Place The Western Films of John Ford. 1974
J.A. Place The Non-Western Films of John Ford. 1999
Kevin Stoehr and Michael C. Connelly, editors John Ford in Focus: Essays on the Filmmaker's Life and Work. 2008
Gaylyn Studlar, Matthew Bernstein, eds. John Ford Made Westerns: Filming the Legend in the Sound Era. 2001
Brian Spittles John Ford. 2002
Richard J. Anobile, ed. John Ford's "Stagecoach" Starring John Wayne. 1975
Sidney A. Pearson Jr. (ed.) Print the Legend: Politics, Culture and Civic Virtue in the Films of John Ford. 2009
Matheson, Sue The Westerns and War Films of John Ford. 2016
Scott Allen Nollen Three Bad Men: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond. 2013

Biographical movies about John Ford

Serenity at Sea: John Ford and the Araner 2006
John Ford 1993
The American West of John Ford 1971
Directed by John Ford 1971
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford 1973
John Ford's America 1989
John Ford Goes to War 2002
John Ford: Memorial Day 1970 1974
Monument Valley: John Ford Country 2006
John Ford and John Wayne 2002
A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne and the Searchers 1998
Cinéma, de notre temps: "Le loup et l'agneau - Ford et Hitchcock" 2001
Omnibus: "John Ford: Part One" Episode #30.12 1992

What movies did John Ford play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Vietnam! Vietnam! (1971) , 7 Women (1966) , Cheyenne Autumn (1964) , Donovan's Reef (1963) , The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) , Two Rode Together (1961) , Korea (1959) , The Last Hurrah (1958) , The Sun Shines Bright (1953) , The Quiet Man (1952) , Rio Grande (1950) , Wagon Master (1950) , Mighty Joe Young (1949) , She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) , 3 Godfathers (1948) , Fort Apache (1948) , The Fugitive (1947) , They Were Expendable (1945) , Nazi Concentration...

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Supporting members of Ford's "Stock Company" include Ward Bond, Ken Curtis, Jane Darwell, Francis Ford, Ben Johnson, Victor McLaglen, Mae Marsh, Mildred Natwick, John Qualen, Woody Strode, Tom Tyler and Patrick Wayne.

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The character John Dodge in Ford's movie The Wings of Eagles (1957) is a spoof of Ford.

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He often used members of his family (including his two brothers, Francis Ford and Edward O'Fearna) in his films, but only in subordinate roles. Patrick Ford recalled, "My conversations with him, as his only son--that I know of--were always 'Yessir', until one day I said 'no sir', and then I was no longer around. Our family life was pretty much that of a ship master and his crew, or a wagon master and his people. He gave the orders, and we carried them out".

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Godfather of actress Anna Massey.

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John Ford and Bert Glennon

Was voted the 3rd Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly, right after Orson Welles, who himself considered Ford to be the best director of all time.

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John Wayne and John Ford

His apparently madcap affair with Katharine Hepburn, when both were married, inspired his friend Dudley Nichols to write the script for Bringing Up Baby (1938). When (after Hepburn broke off her relationship with Ford) she began her lifelong affair with Spencer Tracy, Ford was allegedly incensed and, after the two had had a fruitful collaboration early on in their careers, he neither spoke with or worked with Tracy for about 20 years.

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John Ford, Bert Glennon, and Jon Hall in ...dann kam der Orkan (1937)

In 1973 he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from Richard Nixon.

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John Ford and Bert Glennon in Höllenfahrt nach Santa Fé (1939)

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1640 Vine St. on February 8, 1960.

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John Ford and Bert Glennon in Höllenfahrt nach Santa Fé (1939)

Prior to making The Searchers (1956), Ford entered the hospital for the removal of cataracts. While recuperating after the surgery, he became impatient with the bandages covering his eyes and tore them off earlier than his doctors told him to. The result of that rash action was that Ford suffered a total loss of sight in one eye, which is how he came to wear his famous eyepatch.

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John Ford and Joseph MacDonald in Faustrecht der Prärie (1946)

Has won more directing Oscars than any other director: four, for The Informer (1935), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), and The Quiet Man (1952). He also won an Oscar for Best Documentary, Short Subject for The Battle of Midway (1942) and an Oscar for Best Documentary for December 7th (1943).

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John Ford and Joseph MacDonald in Faustrecht der Prärie (1946)

Because his friends and colleagues John Wayne, James Stewart and Ward Bond were very conservative Republicans, many assumed that Ford was as well. According to his friends, family, and co-workers, nothing could be further from the truth, as he was an activist liberal Democrat. His favorite Presidents were Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Ford once went up to the right-wing Victor McLaglen and Wayne on a film set and said, "You know, all of you guys should stop complaining. You made your money under Roosevelt." Wayne, who hated Roosevelt, said nothing and changed the subject. His respect for Ford meant that politics were rarely discussed.

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William Holden, John Wayne, John Ford, and Judson Pratt in Der letzte Befehl (1959)

Ford was disgusted by John Wayne's refusal to enlist in 1941. When Ford filmed They Were Expendable (1945) after World War II he included every actor's former military rank and branch (Ford himself was a Navy officer and combat photographer). Of course, there were no credentials behind Wayne's name, which the actor took as a real slap.

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John Wayne, John Ford, William H. Clothier, Constance Towers, etc.

Enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1934, commissioned as a lieutenant commander. He served on reserve and active status until 1951, when Captain John Ford was retired with the honorary rank of Rear Admiral. While on active duty during World War II he worked with the Office of Strategic Services, predecessor to the CIA. While he produced a number of documentaries and training films for the OSS, perhaps one of his more notable achievements was a one-hour compilation of films which had been produced by order of Gen. (and future President) Dwight D. Eisenhower, showing liberated concentration camps. The film, Nazi Concentration and Prison Camps (1945), was entered as evidence at the Nuremberg War Crime Trials.

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John Wayne, John Ford, John Carradine, Nora Cecil, Berton Churchill, Andy Devine, etc.

A young would-be director once came to him for advice, and Ford pointed out two landscape photographs in his office. One had the horizon at the top of the picture, and the other had it at the bottom of the picture. Ford said "when you know why the horizon goes at the top of the frame or the bottom of a frame, then you're a director," and threw the kid out of his office. The would-be director was Steven Spielberg.

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John Ford and Wallace Beery in Ring frei für die Liebe (1932)

Was a character in "Short Letter, Long Farewell", a 1974 novel by the innovative Austrian writer and filmmaker Peter Handke.

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James Stewart, John Ford, and Richard Widmark in Zwei ritten zusammen (1961)

Profiled in "Through a Catholic Lens: Religious Perspectives of 19 Film Directors from Around the World", ed. by Peter Malone. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007.

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James Stewart, John Ford, and Linda Cristal in Zwei ritten zusammen (1961)

President Richard Nixon and California Gov. Ronald Reagan were present at the dinner at which Ford received the first American Film Institute dinner Lifetime Achievement Award. Nixon presented Ford with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and declared that, as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, he was promoting Rear Admiral John Ford to full Admiral for the remainder of the night. (It was 10:37 pm on the night of March 31, 1973, when Nixon began speaking). After the President's remarks, Ford responded with his own speech: "Thank you, sir. As [former POW] Captain Jeremiah Denton said--I hope I get through with this; I am about ready to bust out in crying--as Captain Denton said as he set foot for the first time in many years on continental American soil, 'I am stunned and bewildered at this reception.' He ended with 'God bless America.' I quote his words with feeling. There are some people in this world who don't think that we movie folks have any religion, but a glance around this distinguished audience is living refutation of that nonsense. In a recent telephone conversation with the President, he said, 'What is your reaction to the prisoners coming home?' I said, 'Frankly, sir, I broke down and blubbered and cried like a baby. Then I reached for my rosary and said a few decades of the beads, and I uttered a short fervent prayer, not an original prayer, but one spoken in millions of American homes today. It is a simple prayer, simply, God bless Richard Nixon'.".

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John Wayne, John Ford, Barry Fitzgerald, Francis Ford, etc.

John Wayne gave the eulogy at his funeral.

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John Ford and Mike Mazurki in Cheyenne (1964)

His filmmaking experience proved valuable to the US Navy during World War II. He photographed the attack on Omaha Beach on D-Day for the OSS.

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John Ford, Richard Widmark, Walter Baldwin, and George O'Brien in Cheyenne (1964)

His favorite actress was Maureen O'Hara and his favorite actor was John Wayne.

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John Ford in Der schwarze Falke (1956)

Often cast his older brother Francis Ford in very small and uncredited parts in his films. He had followed Francis out to Hollywood. Francis was a silent-era director-actor who helped John establish a career. Allegedly, the employment of Francis was for sadistic purposes, since John seemed to enjoy giving him small, unimportant parts and yelling at him in front of the cast and crew.

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John Ford in Der schwarze Falke (1956)

Had a great dislike of foul language and would often assault anyone who spoke that way in front of a woman.

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John Ford in Der schwarze Falke (1956)

Following his death, he was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA.

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He was famously untidy and his office was often littered with papers and books.

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John Wayne, John Ford, George Peppard, Milton R. Krasner, etc.

In December 2011 Clint Eastwood received the first John Ford Award from John Ford Ireland Film Symposium.

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John Ford, George Peppard, and Claude Johnson in Das war der wilde Westen (1962)

Among Ford's favorite of his films are The Sun Shines Bright (1953), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) and Wagon Master (1950).

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John Ford in Der schwarze Falke (1956)

There was a group of actors, known informally as the John Ford Stock Company (John Wayne, Harry Carey, John Carradine, Henry Fonda, etc.) that turned up regularly in Ford's films. They knew how to work with Ford and each other, which suited Ford's directing style: "I tell the actors what I want and they give it to me, usually on the first take.".

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John Ford, Grace Cunard, Francis Ford, and Jack Holt in The Broken Coin (1915)

Father of Barbara Ford, grandfather of Dan Ford.

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Younger brother of actor-director Francis Ford.

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