Hollywood film director John Ford was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on February 1st 1894 and died on August 31st 1973, at the age of 79. He is best remembered as one of the best directors of all time, an icon of cinema history, whose films managed to mythologized the Old West and along the way made actor John Wayne famous!
It wasn’t by accident that he fell into the motion picture industry. He followed his older brother to Hollywood, where he assisted his successful brother as a stagehand, prop man and as an occasional actor. Servicing his apprenticeship under his brother, he soon realized his real talents lay behind the camera. Therefore, it wasn’t long before he was making a name for himself, as a silent film director, many of which were Westerns.
Interestingly, Hollywood Westerns were a dim a dozen in those early days, especially in the 1930’s…
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