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Overview (4)

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died in Santa Barbara, California, USA  (leukemia)
Birth NameJohn Benjamin Ireland
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Canada, John Ireland was raised in New York. Performing as a swimmer in a water carnival, he moved into the legitimate theater, often appearing in minor roles in Broadway plays. His first big break in pictures came in 1945 when he appeared as Windy the introspective letter-writing G.I. in the classic war epic A Walk in the Sun (1945). Ireland was then often featured (mostly as a heavy) in several films. In 1949, he was nominated for best supporting actor for his role as the reporter in All the King's Men (1949). During the early 1950s, Ireland often starred as the emoting, brooding hero, almost exclusively in "B" pictures. In 1953, with his son Peter Ireland and wife, Joanne Dru, Ireland co-produced and co-directed the western mini-classic Hannah Lee: An American Primitive (1953) (aka Outlaw Territory). From the mid-'50s on. he appeared mainly in Italian "quickie" features and showed up occasionally in supporting roles in major pictures (Spartacus (1960)). Occasionally, his name was mentioned in tabloids of the times, in connection with young starlets, namely Natalie Wood and Sue Lyon. He was to play the role of the patriarch on the Ponderosa in Bonanza: The Next Generation (1988) but the series was not picked up. In addition to Hannah Lee: An American Primitive (1953), his best work was in Little Big Horn (1951) and The Bushwhackers (1951). In his later years, he owned and operated a tiny restaurant, Ireland's, in Santa Barbara, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

Spouse (3)

Daphne Myrick Cameron (22 July 1962 - 21 March 1992) (his death) (1 child)
Joanne Dru (7 August 1949 - 16 May 1957) (divorced)
Elaine Ruth Gudmand (1940 - 4 June 1948) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Often played attractive and sly but often unreliable or dangerous characters

Trivia (9)

Older half-brother of Tommy Noonan, who appeared with him in I Shot Jesse James (1949). Noonan also worked with Ireland's former brother-in-law, Peter Marshall.
He was the very first Vancouver-born actor to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Father of John Ireland and Peter Ireland.
Ex-brother-in-law of actor Peter Marshall.
He was known as one of the genuine "nice guys" of Hollywood, always eager to meet with his fans, sign autographs and pose for photographs.
In real life, he was a friend of Robert Mitchum. They lived in the same neighborhood in Santa Barbara in their last years.
Former stepfather of Dick Haymes Jr..
The October 22, 1969, issue of Variety, in a section on Italian films in progress, lists "Blood River", with director George Breakston, starring John Ireland, Julie Newmar, Fabio Testi, and Daniel Martin.
He replaced Wendell Corey in Red Mountain (1951) who had to drop out due to illness..

Personal Quotes (1)

[At age 45, on his affair with 16-year-old Tuesday Weld] If there wasn't such a difference in our ages I'd ask her to marry me. That and her mother are the only things that stop me.

Salary (1)

Satan's Cheerleaders (1977) $4,000

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