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About John Ireland (1914 – 1992)

John Ireland was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on January 30, 1914. His birth name was John Benjamin Ireland. Ireland died March 21, 1992, in Santa Barbara, California from leukemia.

Even though John Ireland was born in Canada, he was raised in New York. He performed as a swimmer in a water carnival. He began his career doing minor roles on Broadway. His first big break in pictures came in 1945. John Ireland appeared as Windy the letter-writing G.I. in the classic war epic A WALK IN THE SUN.

John Ireland married Elaine Sheldon Rosen in 1940, but they were later divorced in 1948. In 1949, Ireland married actress Joanne Dru who starred in THE LONG HOT SUMMER, in 1965. They were later divorced in 1957.

Actor - entertainer Tommy Noonan was John Ireland's half brother. They starred together in the film, I SHOT JESSE JAMES, in 1949. His brother-in-law was actor Peter Marshall.

John Ireland was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the reporter in ALL THE KING'S MEN.

In 1953, John Ireland with his wife Joanne Dru and son Peter Ireland co-produced and co-directed the western mini-classic, HANNAH LEE.

In 1960, he starred in SPARTACUS, in a supporting role.

John Ireland's best work was in LITTLE BIG HORN, in 1951, and THE BUSHWHACKERS in 1952.

Often, one could read about John Ireland in the tabloids in his time about his connections with young stars, Natalie Wood and Sue Lyon.  At the age of 45, John Ireland had a notorious affair with 16 year old actress, Tuesday Weld, who starred in Peyton Place.

In John Ireland's later years, he owned a restaurant in Santa Barbara, California, named Ireland's.

John Ireland's notable movie credits include...

WAXWORK II: LOST IN TIME - 1992
BIG BAD JOHN - 1990
MESSENGER OF DEATH - 1988
THUNDER RUN - 1986
MIAMI GOLEM - 1985
MARTIN'S DAY - 1984
INCUBUS - 1981
TOURIST - 1980
DELTA FOX - 1979
THE MILLIONAIRE - 1978
TOMORROW NEVER COMES - 1978
THE SWISS CONSPIRACY - 1976
FAREWELL, MY LOVELY - 1975
ESCAPE TO THE SUN - 1972
THE ADVENTURERS - 1970
ARIZONA BUSHWHACKERS - 1968
DAY OF THE NIGHTMARE - 1965
THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE- 1964
THE CEREMONY - 1963
SPARTACUS - 1960
PARTY GIRL - 1958
HELL'S HORIZON - 1955
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS - 1955
THE 49TH MAN - 1953
THE BUSHWHACKERS - 1952
LITTLE BIG HORN - 1951
ALL THE KING'S MEN - 1949
THE GANGSTER - 1947
A WALK IN THE SUN - 1945


Awards won by John Ireland...

The Golden Boot Award - 1989
Walk of Fame - Star at 1610 Vine Street


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Ireland in LITTLE BIGHORN - 1951.

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John Ireland in THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (1964).

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John Ireland in SPARTACUS (1960).