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John Ford

Film Director & Producer
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Net worth 2018: $1.6 Million
Residence: Cape Elizabeth
BirthDay: 1 February 1894
Sigh: Pisces
Died On: August 31, 1973
Education: Portland High School

John Ford was bornon 1 February 1894 in Cape Elizabeth, Irish, American, is Film Director & Producer. Best-known for directing Westerns and silent movies, John Ford is one of the most prominent filmmakers of all time. Though many of his silent films are now lost in Hollywood archives, his legacy lives on as ‘The Great American Director’. Through his career covering nearly 50 years, he directed over 140 films, many of which were nominated for top honors with some even winning the Academy Awards. The 40s and 50s proved to be a crucial period in his career, as some of his best works including ‘Grapes of Wrath’, ‘Fort Apache’, ‘She Wore a Yellow Ribbon’ and ‘The Quiet Man’ were released. From westerns to classics and romance, he has experimented with a wide range of genres and unlike many other directors of his time, he was successful in most. His trademark style was directing long shots with his protagonists set in rocky, natural topographies. Apart from directing films, he also served in the United States Navy and was also linked with the Republican Party - although essentially apolitical, he was an ardent supporter of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and routed his money to the IRA to back them.


In 2011, the Irish Film & Television Academy instituted ‘John Ford Ireland’, which celebrates the works of this illustrious director


Post-World War II, he was still an officer in the United States Navy Reserve and from 1946 to 1956 he directed sixteen features and a number of documentaries, such as ‘The Fugitive’, ‘Fort Apache’, the ‘Cavalry’ trilogy, ‘Willie Comes Marching Home’ and ‘The Sun Shines Bright’


This celebrated American filmmaker was the first director to win successive ‘Best Director’ Oscars in 1941 and 1942


He directed the film adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, in 1940


Released in 1939, ‘Stagecoach’ is largely considered Ford’s magnum opus


Year 1937 was considered as one of the highlight years in Ford’s career


In 1935, he directed ‘The Informer’, which went on to earn $950,000 at the box-office


In 1933, he began working with Will Rogers for ‘Pilgrimage’ and ‘Doctor Bull’ and the next year he also directed ‘The Lost Patrol’ and ‘Judge Priest’, the latter in association with Fox Film


He received his first Academy Award nomination in 1931 for movies like, ‘Seas Beneath’, ‘The Brat’ and ‘Arrowsmith’


He directed ‘Strong By’, ‘The Black Watch’ and ‘Salute’ in 1929 and all of three earned him appreciation and praise


In 1928, he directed ‘Mother Machree’ and the drama-film, ‘Napoleon’s Barber’


He tasted superlative success with the film, ‘The Iron Horse’, which released in 1924


After directing thirty six films in three years, he moved to the William Fox studio, where he directed the first film for them, ‘Just Pals’ in 1920


‘Bucking Broadway’ was the last film he made in the year 1917


He assumed the name, ‘Jack Ford’ which was his stage name and appeared in a number of theatre productions/plays including the 1915 classic, ‘The Birth of a Nation’


He moved to California in 1914 and began working in film production and acting, inspired by his elder brother, Francis, who was involved in showbiz

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