The Who2 Blog July 2006

John Ford's Extra Year

A recent letter from a reader in Maine questioned our birth date for director John Ford. We had 1895, but after some detailed review we now think the reader was right: Ford was born in 1894.

Ford himself, it seems, liked to claim 1895 as his date of birth. That being the case, it's no surprise that many sources online and off list his birth date as 1895. But the case for 1894 has been pretty well settled in the last two decades by some thoughtful biographers.

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