He played mostly heavies. But he also had great range.
Over a long career — beginning in the mid-Forties and covering more than 200 bigscreen and tv credits over a nearly 50-year span (he died in 1992) — John Ireland played everything from a ruminative World War II G.I. to a costumed army captain witnessing the immolation of Ingrid Bergman’s Joan of Arc.
He was a reliable supporting player in some great films — Howard Hawks’ 1948 western Red River (seen above)with costar Montgomery Clift)……. and John Ford’s My Darling Clementine (that’s our man second from right eyeing Henry Fonda)….
…Or, as the thoughtful World War II infantryman (in his movie debut) in director Lewis Milestone’s terrific 1945 outing, A Walk In The Sun….
…Or the meanie in Anthony Mann’s 1948 film noir Raw Deal. (Here he is getting his just desserts from Marsha Hunt.)
Ok, let’s see how much you remember about John Ireland. As usual questions today and answers tomorrow. Here we go:
1) Question: Born in Vancouver in 1914, Ireland is considered the first Canadian-American actor to be nominated for an Academy Award. For which one of the following pictures? a) 1949’s All The King’s Men; b) 1957’s Gunfight at the O.K. Corral; c) 1975’s Farewell My Lovely; or 1955’s Queen Bee.
2) Queston 2: Ireland’s eight-year marriage to which one of the following actresses made the couple duo of a Hollywood power couple? a) Ida Lupino; b) Jeanne Crain; c) Susan Haward; or d) Joanne Dru.
3) Question: Ireland engendered scandal sheet headlines in the Fifties because: a) of his extra-marital romance with Joan Crawford; b) his preference for much younger actresses; c) his considerable financial difficulties; or d) his drinking problem.
4) Question: In his later years, Ireland professionally deployed a skill he developed during his long career. What was it? a) He became an accountant; b) He became a pro wrestler for a short period; c) He became a chef/restaurateur; or d) He opened an acting school.
5) Question: In addition to being a busy actor, Ireland was also a director of some note. a) True; or b) False.