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Francis Ford

Francis Ford

  • Born on
    • August 14th, 1881
  • Died on
    • September 5th, 1953
From Wikipedia Francis Ford (born Francis Feeney, August 14, 1881 – September 5, 1953) was a prolific film actor, writer, and director. He was the mentor and elder brother of film director John Ford. He also appeared in many of John Ford's movies, including Young Mr. Lincoln and The Quiet Man. Francis Ford was born in Portland, Maine. He was the son of John A. Feeney, who was born in the village of Spiddal, County Galway, Ireland in 1854. By 1878, John had moved to Portland, Maine and opened a saloon, at 42 Center Street, that used a false front to pose as grocery store. John opened four others in following years. After service in the infantry in the Spanish-American War, Francis left home. He drifted into the film business in New York City, working for David Horsley, Al Christie, and the Star Film Company's San Antonio operation under Gaston Méliès. He adopted the name Ford from the automobile. From San Antonio Francis began his Hollywood career working for Thomas H. Ince at Ince's Bison studio, directing and appearing in westerns. Francis Ford's younger brother, John M. Feeney, was a successful fullback and defensive tackle on a Portland High state championship football team, nicknamed "Bull". In 1914 Bull followed Francis to Hollywood, changed his name to John Ford and would eventually surpass his elder brother's considerable reputation. Francis Ford's son, Philip Ford, was also a film actor/director.

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Filmography

Acting (41 Credits)

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1953The Sun Shines Bright as Feeney
1952The Quiet Man as Dan Tobin
1950Wagon Master as Mr. Peachtree
1949She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Connelly - Fort Stark Suttlers Barman (uncredited)
1948The Far Frontier as Alf Sharper
1948Eyes of Texas as Thad Cameron
1948Fort Apache as Fen - Stage Guard (uncredited)
19483 Godfathers as Drunk (uncredited)
1947Gunfighters as Cook (uncredited)
1946My Darling Clementine as Dad - Old Soldier (uncredited)
1945Murder, He Says as Lee
1945Hangover Square as Ogilby - Fulham Antique Dealer (uncredited)
1944The Princess and the Pirate as Drunken Pirate (uncredited)
1944The Climax as Backstage Attendant (Uncredited)
1943The Desperadoes as Hank (uncredited)
1942The Man Who Wouldn't Die as Caretaker
1942The Ox-Bow Incident as Alva 'Dad' Hardwicke (uncredited)
1941Western Union as Eastbound Stagecoach Driver
1941They Died with Their Boots on as Veteran (uncredited)
1940Three Faces West as Farmer Bill, with Higgins
1940The Grapes of Wrath as (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
1939Drums Along the Mohawk as Joe Boleo
1939Stagecoach as Billy Pickett (uncredited)
1939Young Mr. Lincoln as Sam Boone (uncredited)
1938In Old Chicago as Driver
1937Mannequin as Tim O'Rourke (Uncredited)
1937A Star Is Born as William Gregory (uncredited)
1936Charlie Chan at the Circus as John Gaines
1936The Prisoner of Shark Island as Cpl. O'Toole
1936Charlie Chan's Secret as Captain of salvage ship
1936The Plough and the Stars as Old Man (Uncredited)
1935Steamboat Round the Bend as Efe
1935The Informer as 'Judge' Flynn
1935Goin' to Town as Sheriff
1934Judge Priest as Juror No. 12
1933Pilgrimage as Mayor Elmer Briggs
1933Doctor Bull as Mr. Herring
1931A Free Soul as Skid Row Drunk (uncredited)
1931Possessed as Drunken Husband (uncredited)
1931Frankenstein as Hans (uncredited)
1930Abraham Lincoln as Sheridan's Aide (uncredited)

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