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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.

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Aug 14, 1881 In Portland, Maine, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Billy and His Pal 1911-02-15
Latest Project:
Movie The Sun Shines Bright 1953-05-02
Known For
Poster of My Darling Clementine
Poster of The Grapes of Wrath
Poster of Stagecoach
Poster of The Texans
Movie The Sun Shines Bright Feeney 1953-05-02
Movie The Quiet Man Dan Tobin 1952-07-21
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Movie Wagon Master Mr. Peachtree 1950-04-22
Movie Frontier Investigator Ed Garnett 1949-05-01
Movie She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Connelly - Fort Stark Suttlers Barman (uncredited) 1949-10-22
Movie San Antone Ambush Major Farnsworth 1949-10-06
Movie The Timber Trail Ralph Baker 1948-06-14
Movie Fort Apache Fen - Stage Guard (uncredited) 1948-06-14
Movie Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' Race Checker / Fisherman (uncredited) 1948-06-01
Movie 3 Godfathers Drunk (uncredited) 1948-12-31
Movie The Far Frontier Alf Sharper 1948-12-29
Movie The Plunderers Barnaby 1948-10-30
Movie Eyes of Texas Thad Cameron 1948-06-15
Movie Gunfighters Cook (uncredited) 1947-07-15
Movie High Tide Pop Garrow 1947-09-13
Movie Bandits of Dark Canyon Horse Trader 1947-12-15
Movie Driftwood Abner Green 1947-09-15
Movie Accomplice King Connors 1946-09-29
Movie My Darling Clementine Dad - Old Soldier (uncredited) 1946-10-17
Movie Wake Up and Dream Old Man at Counter 1946-12-02
Movie Murder, He Says Lee 1945-01-01
Movie Mom and Dad Dr. Rubin 1945-01-03
Movie Hangover Square Ogilby - Fulham Antique Dealer (uncredited) 1945-02-07
Movie Incendiary Blonde Ranch Owner (uncredited) 1945-07-25
Movie Wildfire Ezra Mills 1945-07-18
Movie The White Gorilla Mr. Stacey 1945-07-12
Movie Home in Indiana Ed - Seated Opposite J.T. in Bar (uncredited) 1944-06-15
Movie The Climax Backstage Attendant (Uncredited) 1944-10-20
Movie The Princess and the Pirate Drunken Pirate (uncredited) 1944-11-17
Movie The Ox-Bow Incident Alva 'Dad' Hardwicke (uncredited) 1943-03-11
Movie The Desperadoes Hank (uncredited) 1943-05-25
Movie The Man Who Wouldn't Die Caretaker 1942-04-27
Movie The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Tavern Keeper 1942-08-28
Movie King of the Mounties Zeke Collins (Ch. 4) 1942-10-17
Movie Outlaws of Pine Ridge Bartender 1942-10-27
Movie Romance of the Rio Grande Stagecoach Driver 1941-01-17
Movie Western Union Eastbound Stagecoach Driver 1941-02-21
Movie They Died with Their Boots On Veteran (uncredited) 1941-11-20
Movie Riders of the Purple Sage Inebriated Courtroom Spectator 1941-10-09
Movie The Grapes of Wrath (uncredited) (unconfirmed) 1940-03-15
Movie Viva Cisco Kid Proprietor 1940-04-12
Movie Lucky Cisco Kid Court Clerk 1940-06-28
Movie Diamond Frontier Derek Bluje 1940-09-30
Movie South of Pago Pago Foster 1940-07-19
Movie Three Faces West Farmer Bill, with Higgins 1940-07-03
Movie Stagecoach Billy Pickett (uncredited) 1939-03-03
Movie Young Mr. Lincoln Sam Boone 1939-06-09
Movie Drums Along the Mohawk Joe Boleo 1939-11-10
Movie Geronimo Scout 1939-11-26
Movie Bad Lands Charlie Garth 1939-08-28
Movie Mannequin Tim O'Rourke (Uncredited) 1938-01-21
Movie The Girl of the Golden West Miner 1938-03-18
Movie The Texans Uncle Dud 1938-08-12
Movie Kentucky Moonshine Grandpa Hatfield 1938-05-20
Movie In Old Chicago Driver 1938-04-15
Movie A Star Is Born William Gregory (uncredited) 1937-04-27
Movie Slave Ship Scraps 1937-06-16
Movie The Prisoner of Shark Island Cpl. O'Toole 1936-02-12
Movie Paddy O'Day Immigration Officer Tom McGuire 1936-01-17
Movie Charlie Chan's Secret Captain of salvage ship 1936-01-10
Movie Charlie Chan at the Circus John Gaines 1936-03-27
Movie Little Miss Nobody Detective 1936-06-05
Movie Educating Father Sheriff Hart 1936-05-23
Movie The Plough and the Stars Old Man (Uncredited) 1936-12-26
Movie Sins of Man Town Drunk 1936-06-19
Movie The Informer 'Judge' Flynn 1935-05-09
Movie Goin' to Town Sheriff 1935-04-25
Movie Paris in Spring Drunken Peasant 1935-05-27
Movie The Arizonian Mayor Ed Comstock 1935-06-27
Movie This Is the Life Sticky Jones 1935-10-07
Movie Steamboat Round the Bend Efe 1935-09-06
Movie Pirate Treasure Dick's Friend at the Airfield 1934-01-29
Movie Murder in Trinidad Davenant 1934-05-16
Movie Sleepers East Well-Wisher at Train Station (uncredited) 1934-01-01
Movie Charlie Chan's Courage Hewitt 1934-07-06
Movie Judge Priest Juror No. 12 1934-09-15
Movie The Man from Monterey Don Pablo Gonzales 1933-07-15
Movie Life in the Raw Sheriff Myles 1933-07-07
Movie Gordon of Ghost City Jim Carmody 1933-08-13
Movie Charlie Chan's Greatest Case Captain Hallett 1933-09-14
Movie Doctor Bull Mr. Herring 1933-09-22
Movie Smoky Horse Buyer 1933-12-08
Movie Destry Rides Again Judd Ogden 1932-04-17
Movie Scandal for Sale Belmont Hotel Desk Clerk 1932-04-01
Movie The Rider of Death Valley Gabe 1932-04-23
Movie Heroes of the West Cavalry Captain 1932-06-19
Movie The Lost Special Botter Hood 1932-12-06
Movie Possessed Drunken Husband (uncredited) 1931-11-21
Movie A Free Soul Skid Row Drunk (uncredited) 1931-06-02
Movie Frankenstein Hans (uncredited) 1931-11-21
Movie Battling with Buffalo Bill Jim Rodney 1931-11-22
Movie Kathleen Mavourneen James, the butler 1930-06-19
Movie Song of the Caballero Don Pedro Madero 1930-06-29
Movie Sons of the Saddle 'Red' Slade 1930-08-03
Movie Abraham Lincoln Sheridan's Aide (uncredited) 1930-08-25
Movie Mister Antonio Unknown 1929-10-15
Movie The Trail of '98 Gold Commissioner's Assistant (uncredited) 1928-03-20
Movie Sisters of Eve Unknown 1928-09-01
Movie Upstream Juggler 1927-01-30
Movie The Devil's Saddle Pete Hepburn 1927-07-10
Movie The Heart of Maryland Unknown 1927-07-13
Movie The Wreck of the Hesperus John Hazzard 1927-10-31
Movie Officer '444' Fire Chief 1926-05-14
Movie Lash of the Whip 'Hurricane' Smith 1926-06-29
Movie The Four-Footed Ranger Unknown 1925-03-25
Movie Soft Shoes Quig Mundy 1925-01-01
Movie The Fighting Heart Town Fool 1925-10-18
Movie Hearts of Oak Unknown 1924-10-05
Movie Three Jumps Ahead Unknown 1923-03-25
Movie Thundering Hoofs Unknown 1922-09-30
Movie The Stampede Robert Wagner 1921-01-01
Movie Action Soda Water Manning 1921-09-12
Movie The Mystery Of 13 Phil Kelly / Jim Kelly 1919-08-01
Movie The Craving Carroll Wayles 1918-09-21
Movie The Leap Unknown 1917-01-01
Movie Unmasked Fred Francis - a Crook 1917-01-01
Movie Who Was the Other Man? Unknown 1917-09-03
Movie The Vault of Mystery Unknown 1917-01-02
Movie John Ermine of the Yellowstone John Ermine 1917-11-05
Movie The Adventures of Peg o' the Ring Dr. Lund, Junior 1916-01-02
Movie Behind the Mask Unknown 1916-04-08
Movie The Bandit's Wager Nan's Brother / The Bandit 1916-11-05
Movie The Broken Coin Unknown 1915-06-21
Movie The Campbells Are Coming Unknown 1915-10-18
Movie The Phantom Violin Unknown 1914-10-01
Movie Lucille Love: The Girl of Mystery Unknown 1914-01-02
Movie A Study in Scarlet Sherlock Holmes 1914-12-29
Movie When Lincoln Paid Unknown 1913-01-31
Movie The Heart of an Indian The Indian chief 1912-03-01
Movie The Deserter The Deserter 1912-03-15
Movie War on the Plains Drake, a Treacherous Prospector 1912-02-23
Movie Blazing the Trail Blake 1912-04-14
Movie On Secret Service Abraham Lincoln 1912-11-01
Movie The Invaders Colonel James Bryson 1912-11-29
Movie The Post Telegrapher Bob Evans - the Post Telegrapher 1912-04-30
Movie Custer's Last Fight General George A. Custer 1912-10-03
Movie The Lieutenant's Last Fight Colonel Garvin 1912-05-31
Movie Billy and His Pal Jim - the Cowpuncher 1911-02-15
Movie When the Tables Turned Unknown 1911-06-15