John Ford

1894 - 1973

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John Martin Feeney (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973), known professionally as John Ford, was an American film director and producer. He is regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers during the Golden Age of Hollywood, and was one of the first American directors to be recognized as an auteur. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Ford has received more than 4,460,883 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). John Ford is the 38th most popular film director (down from 35th in 2019), the 242nd most popular biography from United States (down from 241st in 2019) and the 9th most popular American Film Director.

John Ford is most famous for his westerns, such as Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

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Among film directors, John Ford ranks 38 out of 2,041Before him are Roger Vadim, Quentin Tarantino, Andrzej Wajda, Tinto Brass, Tim Burton, and Ken Loach. After him are Krzysztof Kieślowski, James Cameron, David Lynch, Lars von Trier, Billy Wilder, and Vittorio De Sica.

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Among people born in 1894, John Ford ranks 9Before him are Rudolf Hess, Edward VIII, Aldous Huxley, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Maximilian Kolbe, and Georges Lemaître. After him are Boris III of Bulgaria, Moshe Sharett, Jean Renoir, Norbert Wiener, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, and Fritz Sauckel. Among people deceased in 1973, John Ford ranks 18Before him are Hans Kelsen, İsmet İnönü, Walter Ulbricht, J. Hans D. Jensen, Ivan Konev, and Ludwig von Mises. After him are Paavo Nurmi, Pearl S. Buck, Henri Charrière, Max Horkheimer, Pablo Casals, and Víctor Jara.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Ford ranks 242 out of 20,380Before him are Robert Wadlow (1918), Carl David Anderson (1905), Diane Keaton (1946), Audie Murphy (1925), Charlton Heston (1923), and Samuel Colt (1814). After him are Noah Webster (1758), Frank Zappa (1940), John Rawls (1921), Philip K. Dick (1928), David Lynch (1946), and Emily Greene Balch (1867).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, John Ford ranks 9Before him are Stanley Kubrick (1928), Woody Allen (1935), Francis Ford Coppola (1939), George Lucas (1944), Quentin Tarantino (1963), and Tim Burton (1958). After him are David Lynch (1946), Oliver Stone (1946), Brian De Palma (1940), Stephen Hillenburg (1961), Robert Zemeckis (1952), and Chuck Jones (1912).