John Ford was an American film director who has a record four 'Academy Awards for Best Director' under his name for 'The Informer', 'The Grapes of Wrath', 'How Green Was My Valley' and 'The Quiet Man'. He earned fame for filming Western movies such as 'Stagecoach', 'The Searchers', and 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance'.
Following a short acting career, mostly in his older brother's films, he began directing in the silent era with the 1917 two-reeler film 'The Tornado' and shot his first feature-length film 'Straight Shooting' the same year. Some of his best films from the era are presumably lost.
He began filming talkies during the 1930s and went on to direct several successful films like 'Drums Along the Mohawk', 'Young Mr. Lincoln', 'Fort Apache', 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon' and 'Rio Grande'. Ironically, one of his favorites, 'The Sun Shines Bright', was a box-office failure.