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  • BIRTH 12/08/1881
  • DEATH 05/09/1953
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 25
  • DIRECTOR 1

Francis Ford

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.

Francis Ford

Movies (25)

Frankenstein
Frankenstein
Hans (uncredited)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Connelly - Fort Stark Suttlers Barman (uncredited)
Stagecoach
Stagecoach
Billy Pickett (uncredited)
The Informer
The Informer
'Judge' Flynn
A Star Is Born
A Star Is Born
William Gregory (uncredited)
The Quiet Man
The Quiet Man
Dan Tobin
Young Mr. Lincoln
Young Mr. Lincoln
Sam Boone (uncredited)
Wagon Master
Wagon Master
Mr. Peachtree
Drums Along the Mohawk
Drums Along the Mohawk
Joe Boleo
The Princess and the Pirate
The Princess and the Pirate
Drunken Pirate (uncredited)
Murder, He Says
Murder, He Says
Lee - Old Townsman (uncredited)
Hangover Square
Hangover Square
Ogilby - Fulham Antique Dealer (uncredited)
Riders of the Purple Sage
Riders of the Purple Sage
Inebriated Courtroom Spectator
Charlie Chan's Courage
Charlie Chan's Courage
Hewitt
Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
Race Checker / Fisherman (uncredited)
Wildfire
Wildfire
Ezra Mills
Charlie Chan's Secret
Charlie Chan's Secret
Captain of salvage ship
The Mummy's Tomb
The Mummy's Tomb
Townsman (uncredited)
The Desperadoes
The Desperadoes
Hank
Tobacco Road
Tobacco Road
Possessed
Possessed
Drunken Husband (uncredited)
The Prisoner of Shark Island
The Prisoner of Shark Island
Corporal O'Toole
The Texans
The Texans
Uncle Dud
Doctor Bull
Doctor Bull
Mr. Herring
The Invaders
The Invaders
Colonel James Bryson

Director

The Invaders
The Invaders