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John M. Ford
Original name: John Feeney
Birth: Feb. 1, 1894
Maine, USA
Death: Aug. 31, 1973
Riverside
Riverside County
California, USA

American Director. Born John Martin Feeney, he directed nearly 150 films in a career that spanned more than 50 years and is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers of all-time. He is best known for his Westerns and for pioneering the 'long shot' and location shooting. Ford, who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received during combat, won four Academy Awards for Best Director for 'The Informer' (1935), 'The Grapes of Wrath' (1940), 'How Green Was My Valley' (1941) and 'The Quiet Man'. He also won two Oscars for Best Documentary, 'The Battle of Midway' (1941) and 'December 7th' (1943). One of his most notable features is that he used a 'stock company' of actors, far more so than any other director. Among stars who appeared in at least two or more of his films, include John Wayne, Harry Carey, Sr., Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Richard Widmark, Victor McLaglen and Jeffrey Hunter. In 1973, he received the American Film Institutes first-ever Lifetime Acheivement Award and The Presidential Medal of Freedom from then-president Richard Nixon. Ford, who along with Frank Capra and John Huston were featured on a U.S. Postal Stamp in 2012, died after a battle with cancer. (bio by: Louis Mata) 
 
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 Children:
  Patrick Michael FORD (1921 - 1986)*
  Barbara Ford (1922 - 1985)*
 
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Cause of death: Cancer
 
Burial:
Holy Cross Cemetery
Culver City
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: M, L304, 5
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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