Director John Ford Statue.

Better late than never: Portland honors hometown Hollywood hero

John Ford, director of such AMC cable staples as "The Grapes of Wrath," and "Mister Roberts," has finally been honored by his home town of Portland, ME.

Navy Secretary John H. Dalton unveiled a 10-foot-high bronze statue of Ford in Portland's Gorham Corner, a former Irish neighborhood where Ford's father ran a saloon.

On hand at the unveiling were Patrick Wayne, son of John Wayne, and Billy Yellow, a Navajo Indian who did stunt riding in many of Ford's westerns. Ford was present only in spirit, as he died in 1973.

[07/19/1998]
Address:
2 Pleasant St., Portland, ME
Directions:
Downtown, at the V corner of Pleasant and York Sts.
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