John Ford

Director, Producer, Assistant director
As one of the most influential directors in Hollywood history, John Ford was as famous for defining the Western genre as he was for his collaborations with screen icon John Wayne. Having started his career in the silent ... Read more »
Born: 02/01/1894 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA

Filmography

Director (82)

Chesty 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Young Cassidy 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Cheyenne Autumn 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Seven Women 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Alcoa Premiere 1955 - 1956, 1961 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

Donovan's Reef 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

("The Civil War") (Director)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Two Rode Together 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Sergeant Rutledge 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Horse Soldiers 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Gideon's Day 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Korea: Battlegorund for Liberty 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Hurrah 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wings of Eagles 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Rising of the Moon 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (Tv Show)

Director

The Growler Story 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Searchers 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Mister Roberts 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Long Gray Line 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Hondo 1953 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Mogambo 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

The Quiet Man 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Rio Grande 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Wagonmaster 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Fort Apache 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

Three Godfathers 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

My Darling Clementine 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

They Were Expendable 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

December 7th 1942 (Movie)

(Director)

How Green Was My Valley 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

The Battle of Midway 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

The Grapes of Wrath 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

The Long Voyage Home 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

Stagecoach 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

Drums Along the Mohawk 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

Young Mr. Lincoln 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

Hurricane 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

Wee Willie Winkie 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

Mary of Scotland 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

The Informer 1934 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lost Patrol 1933 (Movie)

(Director)

Arrowsmith 1930 (Movie)

(Director)

Men Without Women 1929 (Movie)

(Director)

Up the River 1929 (Movie)

(Director)

Salute 1928 (Movie)

(Director)

Air Mail (Movie)

(Director)

Doctor Bull (Movie)

(Director)

Four Men and a Prayer (Movie)

(Director)

Four Sons (Movie)

(Director)

Hangman's House (Movie)

(Director)

Hell Bent (Movie)

(Director)

Hoodman Blind (Movie)

(Director)

Judge Priest (Movie)

(Director)

Just Pals (Movie)

(Director)

Kentucky Pride (Movie)

(Director)

Lightnin' (Movie)

(Director)

Little Miss Smiles (Movie)

(Director)

Marked Men (Movie)

(Director)

Mother Machree (Movie)

(Director)

North of Hudson Bay (Movie)

(Director)

Pilgrimage (Movie)

(Director)

Riders of Vengeance (Movie)

(Director)

Steamboat Round the Bend (Movie)

(Director)

Submarine Patrol (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Punch (Movie)

(Director)

The Black Watch (Movie)

(Director)

The Iron Horse (Movie)

(Director)

The Outcasts of Poker Flat (Movie)

(Director)

The Plough and the Stars (Movie)

(Director)

The Prisoner of Shark Island (Movie)

(Director)

The Sun Shines Bright (Movie)

(Director)

The Wallop (Movie)

(Director)

The World Moves On (Movie)

(Director)

Three Bad Men (Movie)

(Director)

Tobacco Road (Movie)

(Director)

Upstream (Movie)

(Director)

What Price Glory? (Movie)

(Director)

When Willie Comes Marching Home (Movie)

(Director)

Whole Town's Talking (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (18)

Vietnam! Vietnam! 1970 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Donovan's Reef 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gideon's Day 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Korea: Battlegorund for Liberty 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Hurrah 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Quiet Man 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rio Grande 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wagonmaster 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fort Apache 1948 (Movie)

(Producer)

They Were Expendable 1945 (Movie)

(Producer)

December 7th 1942 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hoodman Blind (Movie)

(Producer)

Mighty Joe Young (Movie)

(Producer)

The Iron Horse (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sun Shines Bright (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Bad Men (Movie)

(Producer)

Upstream (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (9)

Hollywood Mavericks 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Directed By John Ford 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Big Time (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Directed by John Ford (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Does It (Movie)

Grand Priest (Actor)

Tornado (Movie)

Jack Dayton (Actor)
Writer (7)

The Last Outlaw 1935 (Movie)

(From Story)

Men Without Women 1929 (Movie)

(From Story)

Hell Bent (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Riders of Vengeance (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Big Punch (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Three Bad Men (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Tornado (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

The Battle of Midway 1941 (Movie)

(Photography)
Editor (1)

The Battle of Midway 1941 (Movie)

(Editor)
Other (3)

The Thing Called Love 1993 (Movie)

("The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance") (Film Clips)

Directed By John Ford 1971 (Movie)

film extracts (Other)

The Battle of Midway 1941 (Movie)

commentary (Other)

Biography

As one of the most influential directors in Hollywood history, John Ford was as famous for defining the Western genre as he was for his collaborations with screen icon John Wayne. Having started his career in the silent era, Ford honed his craft making scores of short films before become one of Hollywood's most decorated directors, winning a total of four Best Director Academy Awards. His first came with "The Informer" (1935), but it was his second for the seminal "Stagecoach" (1939) that cemented his place in cinema history. The film marked the true beginning of his collaboration with Wayne, even though the actor had appeared in uncredited roles in a number of his silent movies. By this time, Ford had developed a reputation as being harsh with his actors and was once accused of being "the only person who could make Wayne cry." But his ability to blend art and commerce in films like "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940), "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" (1949) and "The Quiet Man" (1952) assured performers of a platform for displaying their finest work. Ford was also a pioneer of location shooting and often shot in Utah's Monument Valley, a virtually prehistoric landscape that he helped make famous in "The Searchers" (1956), widely considered the best Western ever made. With "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962), his last great film, Ford capped a career that influenced generations of directors while offering audiences some of cinema's most important films.

Relationships

Edward Feeney

Brother
on many films by John Ford

Francis Ford Actor

Brother

Patrick Ford

Son
has worked in numerous capacities on films by John Ford

Daniel Ford

Grandson

Barbara Nugent

Daughter
born c. 1922 assistant editor on "Rio Grande"

Mary Smith

Wife
married from July 1920 until his death

EDUCATION

Portland High School

Portland , Maine

Milestones

1921

Contract director at Fox

1917

First feature film as director on "Straight Shooting"

1917

Contract director at Universal

1913

Hired by Universal

Made Chief of Field Photographic Branch, Office of Strategic Services (rank as lieutenant commander, rear admiral) during WWII

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