Michael D. Ford
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|Michael D. Ford|
Ford in 2006
|Born||Michael Dickins Ford
1928 (age 88–89)
|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 The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and followed by nominations for 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.