The Irish American Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees
John Ford (born John Martin Feeney) was a legendary American film maker with a career spanning over 50 years including over 140 films. Mr. Ford was a unique figure in American cinematic history with a career spanning both silent and sound pictures. He is known for developing the practice of shooting on location and the 'long shot' that features the character against a vast background. Some of Ford's most famous films include Stagecoach, The Informer, The Grapes of Wrath, Young Mr. Lincoln, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance ,How Green Was My Valley, and of course, The Quiet Man starring John Wayne and 2011 IAHOF Inductee Maureen O’Hara. He was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 6. His father, John Augustine Feeney, was born in Spiddal County Galway and his mother, Barbara Curran, was born in the Aran Islands, in the town of Kilronan on the island of Inishmore.