John Ford

John Ford

Original Name John Martin Feeney
Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
Death 31 Aug 1973 (aged 79)
Palm Desert, Riverside County, California, USA
Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section M, Lot 304, Space 5
Memorial ID 353 · View Source
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Motion Picture 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.

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