Michael D. Ford
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|Michael D. Ford|
Ford in 2006
|Born||Michael Dickins Ford
1928 (age 86–87)
|Alma mater||Goldsmiths College|
|Occupation||Film art director and set decorator|
|Known for||Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
|Awards||Academy Award for Best Art Direction (1982, 1998)|
Life and career
Born in southern England, Ford trained as an illustrator at Goldsmiths College, London. He worked as a scenic artist before "drifting into" the film industry via commercial television. His first film credit was Man in the Moon (1960); among his first major projects were The Anniversary (1968), with Bette Davis, and Kelly's Heroes (1970).
In 1982, Ford was a co-recipient of the Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his contributions as set decorator to Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). This was preceded by a nomination for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and followed by nominations for Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) and Empire of the Sun (1987). He won his second Academy Award in 1998 for his work on Titanic (1997). Ford has also served in a design capacity on the James Bond films The Living Daylights (1987), Licence to Kill (1989) and GoldenEye (1995).
In retirement, Ford amuses himself with painting and travelling.