John Ireland

Actor, Director, Professional swimmer
Tall, lean former professional swimmer who appeared on Broadway and toured in Shakespeare in the late 1930s and early 40s before entering film in the mid-40s. A supporting actor in several notable Westerns including "My ... Read more »
Born: 01/30/1914 in Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Actor (88)

Der Wurger Kommt Auf Leisen Socken 2014 (Movie)

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La Furie du Desir 2014 (Movie)

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La Sfida Dei Mackenna 2014 (Movie)

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Noi Non Siamo Angeli 2014 (Movie)

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Waxwork II: Lost in Time 1993 (Movie)

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Graveyard Story 1990 (Movie)

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In Vino Veritas 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Montgomery Clift: His Place in the Sun 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Messenger of Death 1988 (Movie)

Zenas Beecham (Actor)

Sundown 1988 (Movie)

Jefferson (Actor)

Thunder Run 1986 (Movie)

George Adams (Actor)

Martin's Day 1985 (Movie)

Brewer (Actor)

El Tesoro del Amazones 1984 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Cassie and Company 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Delta Fox 1982 (Movie)

Lucas Johnson (Actor)

The Incubus 1981 (Movie)

Hank Walden (Actor)

Garden of Venus 1980 (Movie)

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Guyana: Crime Of The Century 1980 (Movie)

Dave Cole (Actor)

The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Millionaire 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Bordello 1978 (Movie)

The Judge (Actor)

Guyana: Cult of the Damned 1978 (Movie)

Dave Cole (Actor)

Love and the Midnight Auto Supply 1978 (Movie)

Tony Santore (Actor)

The Shape of Things to Come 1978 (Movie)

Senator Smedley (Actor)

Maniac 1977 (Movie)

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Satan's Cheerleaders 1977 (Movie)

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Tomorrow Never Comes 1977 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Kino, the Padre on Horseback 1976 (Movie)

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Quel Pomeriggio Maledetto 1976 (Movie)

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Farewell, My Lovely 1975 (Movie)

Nulty (Actor)

Il Letto in Piazza 1974 (Movie)

Mr Milton (Actor)

Madam Kitty 1974 (Movie)

Clift (Actor)

The Swiss Conspiracy 1974 (Movie)

Dwight McGowan (Actor)

The House of Seven Corpses 1973 (Movie)

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Welcome to Arrow Beach 1973 (Movie)

Sheriff H "Duke" Bingham (Actor)

Habricha el Hashemesh 1971 (Movie)

Jacob Cagan (Actor)

The Adventurers 1970 (Movie)

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Arizona Bushwhackers 1968 (Movie)

Dan Shelby (Actor)

Villa Rides 1968 (Movie)

Dave--Man in Barber Shop (Actor)

Corri, Uomo, Corri 1967 (Movie)

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Fort Utah 1966 (Movie)

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I Saw What You Did 1964 (Movie)

Steve Marak (Actor)

55 Days at Peking 1963 (Movie)

Sergeant Harry (Actor)

The Ceremony 1963 (Movie)

Prison Warden (Actor)

The Fall of the Roman Empire 1963 (Movie)

Ballomar (Actor)

Wild in the Country 1961 (Movie)

Phil Macey (Actor)

Spartacus 1960 (Movie)

Crixus (Actor)

Party Girl 1958 (Movie)

Louis Canetto (Actor)

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 (Movie)

Ringo (Actor)

Philco Television Playhouse 1948 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gunslinger 1956 (Movie)

Cane Miro (Actor)

Queen Bee 1955 (Movie)

Judson Prentiss (Actor)

Security Risk 1954 (Movie)

Ralph Payne (Actor)

The Good Die Young 1954 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

The 49th Man 1953 (Movie)

John Williams (Actor)

The Fast and the Furious 1953 (Movie)

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Joan of Arc 1950 (Movie)

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All the King's Men 1948 (Movie)

Jack Burden (Actor)

Red River 1948 (Movie)

Cherry (Actor)

My Darling Clementine 1946 (Movie)

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A Southern Yankee (Movie)

Capt. Jed Calbern (Actor)

A Walk in the Sun (Movie)

Windy (Actor)

Anna Lucasta (Movie)

Danny Johnson (Actor)

I Shot Jesse James (Movie)

Bob Ford (Actor)

Little Big Horn (Movie)

Lt. John Haywood (Actor)

Marilyn: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Soft Touch (Movie)

"Early" Byrd (Actor)

Open Secret (Movie)

Paul Lester (Actor)

Railroaded (Movie)

Duke Martin (Actor)

Rawhide (TV Show)

Actor

Red Mountain (Movie)

Quantrell (Actor)

Repeat Performance (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Repeat Performance (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

Roughshod (Movie)

Lednov (Actor)

The Basketball Fix (Movie)

Pete Ferreday (Actor)

The Cheaters (TV Show)

Actor

The Gangster (Movie)

Karty (Actor)

The Phantom of Hollywood (TV Show)

Actor

The Power (Movie)

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Tourist (TV Show)

Actor

Vengeance Valley (Movie)

Hub Fasken (Actor)

Wake up and Dream (Movie)

Howard Williams (Actor)

Biography

Tall, lean former professional swimmer who appeared on Broadway and toured in Shakespeare in the late 1930s and early 40s before entering film in the mid-40s. A supporting actor in several notable Westerns including "My Darling Clementine" (1946) and "Red River" (1948) and a lead in small noirs likes "Railroaded" (1947), Ireland was nominated for an Oscar for his forceful performance as the newspaper reporter who evolves from devotee to cynical denouncer of demagogue Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford) in "All the King's Men" (1949).

Relationships

Daphne Ireland

Daughter

Michael Noonan

Half-Brother

Katherine Noonan

Half-Sister

Cameron Cameron

Son
mother Daphne Myrick

Joanne Dru Actor

Wife

Elaine Gudmand

Wife

Katherine Ireland

Mother

Kathy Ireland Actor

Child

John Ireland

Son
born 1942 mother Elaine Sheldon appeared as an actor in "C'mon, Let's Live a Little" (1967) produced "Slumber Party '57" (1976)

Peter Ireland

Son
born 1945 mother Elaine Sheldon

Daphne Myrick Cameron

Wife
Married 1962 until his death 1992

Tommy Noonan Actor

Half-Brother
Died in 1968

EDUCATION

studied theater at the Davenport Free Theater, New York City in the late 1930s

attended public schools in San Francisco and New York City; dropped out of school after seventh grade

Milestones

1987

Paid $2,000 for an ad in "Variety" that read, "I'm an actor. PLEASE let me work"; ad netted him a role as Jonathan Cartwright, the younger brother of Ben Cartwright in TV movie, "Bonanza: The Next Generation" (1988)

1982

Played Lyman "Shack" Shackelford on "Cassie & Company"

1975

Opened Ireland's Restaurant in Santa Barbara CA

1965

Played Jed Colby on TV series, "Rawhide"

1961

First TV series as regular, "The Cheaters"

1960

Formed Gamin Productions

1953

First film as co-director and co-producer (with Lee Garmes), "Outlaw Territory/Hannah Lee"

1951

TV debut in "Confession" on Philco Playhouse

1951

Co-founded Primrose Productions

1944

Film debut in "A Walk in the Sun"

1943

Signed by Fox, briefly under personal contract to Howard Hawks

1942

Appeared on Broadway in "Counter Attack", "Doctors Disagree" and "A New Life"

1940

Broadway stage debut as the First Murderer in "Macbeth"; production starred Maurice Evans and Judith Anderson

1940

Toured with the Shakespearean Repertory Company

1939

Apprenticed at Robin Hood, Arden, Delaware

1935

Performed underwater stunts and worked as a barker at the Aqua Carnival

Sued two television producers for breach of contract and slander; accused them of reneging on starring him in the Ellery Queen series during the McCarthy period; Ireland accepted substantial cash settlement

Toured with the Irish Repertory Players and Clare Tree Major's Children Theatre

Won Canadian swimming Marathon

Branded a deliquent and was sent to reform schools and summer camps

Family moved to US when Ireland was a child; grew up in Harlem

Bonus Trivia

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Wrote the lyrics to the song "No Head on My Pillow"

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