Mentioned in tabloids of the times, in connection with much younger starlets, Natalie Wood..


He starred in All the King’s Men in 1949 and afterwards received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Later in his career, he a appeared in Messenger of Death and Waxwork II: Lost in Time.

Born in Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland, he was raised in New York City from the age of 18. He started out in minor stage roles on Broadway. A tall, lean former Irish professional swimmer who once performed in a water carnival, he appeared on Broadway and toured in Shakespeare in the late 1930s and early 40s before entering film in the mid-40s.

He made his screen debut as Pvt. Windy, the thoughtful letter-writing GI, in the 1945 war film A Walk in the Sun. This was followed by Wake Up and Dream in 1946. A supporting actor in several notable Westerns including John Ford’s My Darling Clementine and Howard Hawks’ 1948 film Red River (the scene between Ireland and Montgomery Clift, where they compare guns and take each other’s measure by “walking” a can across the ground with their pistol shots, is a film classic. And a lead in small noirs like Railroaded, Ireland was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his forceful performance as Jack Burden, the hard-boiled newspaper reporter who evolves from devotee to cynical denouncer of demagogue Willie Stark in All the King’s Men, making him the first Vancouver-born actor to receive an Academy Award nomination.

Occasionally his name was mentioned in tabloids of the times, in connection with much younger starlets, namely Natalie Wood, Barbara Payton and Sue Lyon. He attracted controversy by dating 16-year-old actress Tuesday Weld when he was 45.


Vengeance Valley

Dir. by Richard Thorpe (1951), starring Burt Lancaster, Hugh O’Brian & John Ireland

Vengeance Valley is a 1951 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, based on the novel by Luke Short. In 1979, the film entered the public domain due to MGM’s failure to renew its copyright..

Southwest Passage

Dir. by Ray Nazarro (1954), starring John Ireland, Joanne Dru & Rod Cameron

Southwest Passage is a 1954 film directed by Ray Nazarro..

Run, Man, Run

Dir. by Sergio Sollima (1968), starring John Ireland, Tomas Milian & Ricardo Palacios

Run, Man, Run is an Italian Zapata-themed spaghetti western movie. It is the second movie of Sergio Sollima centered on the character of Cuchillo, again played by Tomas Milian, after the two-years…


Dir. by Mark Robson (1949), starring John Ireland, Gloria Grahame & Claude Jarman

Roughshod is a black-and-white Western film directed by Mark Robson, starring Gloria Grahame and Robert Sterling.

Red River

Dir. by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson (1948), starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift & Shelley Winters

Red River is a 1948 Western film directed and produced by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, giving a fictional account of the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas along.

My Darling Clementine

Dir. by John Ford (1946), starring Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan & Linda Darnell

My Darling Clementine, a 1946 film, regarded as one of the best Western movies made by Director John Ford, stars Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp during the period leading up to Gunfight at the OK Corral..


Little Big Horn

Dir. by Charles Marquis Warren (1951), starring Lloyd Bridges, Hugh O’Brian & John Ireland

Little Big Horn is a 1951 film directed by Charles Marquis Warren. It stars Lloyd Bridges and John Ireland. It was nominated for an award by the Writers Guild of America in 1952. In an interview.

I Shot Jesse James

Dir. by Samuel Fuller (1949), starring John Ireland, Preston Foster & Gene Evans

I Shot Jesse James is a 1949 American film directed by Samuel Fuller about the murder of Jesse James by Robert Ford and Robert Ford’s life afterwards. The story is built around a fictional rivalry.


Dir. by Roger Corman (1956), starring Allison Hayes, John Ireland & Dick Miller

Gunslinger is a 1956 American western film starring Beverly Garland as Rose Hood, the widow of a slain town sheriff who inherits his job. Directed by Roger Corman from a screenplay by Mark Hanna and.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Dir. by John Sturges (1957), starring Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper & Burt Lancaster

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a 1957 American film starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday, based on a real event which took place on October 26, 1881. The picture was.


Gatling Gun

Dir. by Paolo Bianchini (1968), starring John Ireland, Tom Felleghy & George Rigaud

Fort Utah

Dir. by Lesley Selander (1967), starring Virginia Mayo, John Ireland & Jim Davis

Fort Utah is a 1967 western film directed by Lesley Selander and starring John Ireland and Virginia Mayo…
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