John Ford

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John Ford

Ford in 1946
Born John Martin Feeney
February 1, 1894(1894-02-01)
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, U.S.
Died August 31, 1973(1973-08-31) (aged 79)[1]
Palm Desert, CA, U.S.
Occupation Movie director/producer
Years active 1917–66
Influenced by D. W. Griffith, F. W. Murnau
Influenced Orson Welles, Sergio Leone, Michael Cimino, Ingmar Bergman, Satoshi Kon, Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, David Lean, Michael Mann, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Capra, Federico Fellini, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Lloyd Kaufman, Elia Kazan, Satyajit Ray, Jean Renoir, Steven Spielberg, François Truffaut, Wim Wenders, John Carpenter
Military career
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch U.S. Navy
U.S. Naval Reserve
Years of service 1942–45 (active)
1946–62 (reserve)
Rank Commander (active)
Rear Admiral (reserve)
Battles/wars

World War II

John Ford (February 1, 1894 - August 31, 1973) was an American movie director. He is best known as a director of western movies. He was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

The Navy[change | change source]

Ford was a soldier in World War II. He served for the United States Navy as the leader of the photography division. On D-day, Ford and his soldiers crossed the English Channel. The soldiers arrived at Omaha Beach and watched the first boats land on the shore. Ford went on to the beach and filmed the battle take place.

Directing career[change | change source]

Ford started directing movies in 1917 after he moved to California. His first movies were made during The Silent Era, an era where there was no recorded sound in any movies. In 1956, Ford finished making a popular movie called The Searchers. The movie starred John Wayne as the hero. The Searchers is widely known today for its cultural and historical significance.

Death[change | change source]

In the early 1970s, Ford broke his hip and had to be put in a wheelchair. Ford died on August 31, 1973 at his home Palm Desert, California.

References[change | change source]

  1. Eyman, Scott. Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford. New York: Simon & Schuster. 1999. ISBN 0-684-81161-8 (excerpt c/o New York Times)