Ford in 1946
|Born||John Martin Feeney
February 1, 1894
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, U.S.
|Died||August 31, 1973
Palm Desert, CA, U.S.
|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|
U.S. Naval Reserve
|Years of service||1942–45 (active)
Rear Admiral (reserve)
World War II
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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.