John Wayne

  • Born: May 26, 1907 in Winterset, IA
  • Died: June 11, 1979 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Notable Works:
    • Stagecoach (1939)
    • Red River (1948)
    • The Quiet Man (1952)
  • Academy Award Nominations:
    • 1950 Best Actor for Sands of Iwo Jima
    • 1961 Best Picture for The Alamo
    • 1970 Best Actor for True Grit
  • Personal Favorite: The Searchers (1956)

176 films. 142 starring roles. 83 Westerns. 50 years of acting. Wayne was nicknamed Duke long before he adopted the stage name of John Wayne. He was born Marion Robert Morrison, weighing thirteen pounds. As a child, he never went anywhere without his Airedale Terrier, Duke. This bond led to the nickname, which he preferred to Marion. Today, Wayne is one of Hollywood’s greatest legends and cultural icons in history. He owes much of this success to director John Ford. Ford first used Duke for an extra role as a favor to Duke’s football coach at USC. In 1939, Wayne starred in Stagecoach, a John Ford film that was nominated for seven Oscars and won two. Over the next couple decades, Ford and Wayne would team up for The Long Voyage Home, They Were Expendable, Fort Apache, 3 Godfathers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, The Wings of Eagles, The Horse Soldiers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, How the West Was Won, and Donovan’s Reef.

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