John Ford

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John Martin Feeney (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973), known professionally as John Ford, was an American film director. He was one of the most important and influential filmmakers of his generation.[2] Ford made frequent use of location shooting and wide shots, in which his characters were framed against a vast, harsh, and rugged natural terrain.

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John Ford
Ford in 1946
John Martin Feeney

(1894-02-01)February 1, 1894
DiedAugust 31, 1973(1973-08-31) (aged 79)
Resting placeHoly Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California[1]
OccupationFilm director/producer
Years active1913–1966
Political partyRepublican
Mary McBride Smith
(m. 1920)
Military career
AllegianceFlag_of_the_United_States.svg United States
Service/branchFlag_of_the_United_States_Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service1942–1945 (active)
1946–1962 (reserve)
RankUS_Navy_O5_infobox.svg Commander (active)
US_Navy_O8_infobox.svg Rear Admiral (reserve)
UnitOffice of Strategic Services
11th Naval District
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
Battles/warsWorld War II Korean War
AwardsLegion_of_Merit_ribbon_with_%22V%22_device_%28USN_and_USMC%29.svg Legion of Merit with Combat "V"
Purple_Heart_ribbon.svg Purple Heart
Meritorious_Service_Medal_ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
Air_Medal_ribbon.svg Air Medal
American_Campaign_Medal_ribbon.svg American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle_Eastern_Campaign_ribbon.svg European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific_Campaign_Medal_ribbon.svg Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal
World_War_II_Victory_Medal_ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal

He received six Academy Awards including a record four wins for Best Director for The Informer (1935), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), and The Quiet Man (1952). He is renowned for Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939), My Darling Clementine (1946), Rio Grande (1950), The Searchers (1956), and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).

In a career of more than 50 years, Ford directed more than 140 films (although most of his silent films are now lost). Ford's work was held in high regard by his colleagues, with Akira Kurosawa, Orson Welles and Ingmar Bergman naming him one of the greatest directors of all time.[3]