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John Ford

Film director John Ford

Full Name: John Martin Feeney
Profession: Film director

United States of America

Biography: John Ford was a legendary film director whose career spanned the silent era through to the 1960s. Throughout his career Ford was particularly associated with westerns such as "The Searchers" (1956).

Ford won a record 4 Best Director Academy Awards, including one for "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) and "The Quiet Man" (1952).

In 1941 his film "How Green Was My Valley" famously beat "Citizen Kane" to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Born: February 1, 1895
Birthplace: Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: August 31, 1973 (aged 78)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1920-07-03 Film director John Ford (26) weds Mary Smith (25)

Historical Events

  • 1934-09-28 "Judge Priest" film directed by John Ford, starring Will Rogers is released
  • 1935-09-06 "Steamboat Round the Bend" film directed by John Ford and starring Will Rogers released weeks after Rogers' death
  • 1940-01-24 "The Grapes of Wrath", directed by John Ford and based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name, starring Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell, is released
  • 1941-10-28 "How Green Was My Valley" based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, directed by John Ford and starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara premieres in New York (Best Picture 1942)
  • 1952-07-21 "The Quiet Man" film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara is released in the UK
  • 1956-03-13 "The Searchers" American western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood is released

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