Irish-American filmmaker who directed westerns such as The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Stagecoach.
He received bit parts as an actor when he first moved to California from Maine.
He directed more than 140 films and was a pioneer of location shooting and the long shot.
He was in a relationship with Elise Matthesen.
He directed the film The Grapes of Wrath, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.
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