John Martin Feeney (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973), known professionally as John Ford, was an American film director and naval officer. He is renowned both for Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939), The Searchers (1956), and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) and adaptations of classic 20th century American novels such as The Grapes of Wrath (1940). He was the recipient of six Academy Awards including a record four wins for Best Director.
John Martin Feeney
February 1, 1894
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, U.S.
|Died||August 31, 1973 79) (aged|
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California|
Mary McBride Smith
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1942–1945 (active)|
|Rank|| Commander (active)|
Rear Admiral (reserve)
|Unit||Office of Strategic Services|
11th Naval District
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
|Battles/wars||World War II Korean War|
|Awards|| Legion of Merit with Combat "V"|
Meritorious Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
In a career of more than 50 years, Ford directed more than 140 films (although most of his silent films are now lost) and he is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers of his generation. Ford's work was held in high regard by his colleagues, with Akira Kurosawa, Orson Welles and Ingmar Bergman among those who named him one of the greatest directors of all time.