John Wayne

Film Actor
Born May 26, 1907

Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director and producer. An Academy Award-winner, Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades, and was named the all-time top money-making star. An enduring American icon, he epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height.… Read More

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The local paper, Winterset Madisonian, reported on page 4 of the May 30, 1907 edition that Wayne weighed 13 pounds at birth. … Read More
1916 9 Years Old Wayne's family moved to Palmdale, California, and then in 1916 to Glendale, California, where his father worked as a pharmacist. … Read More


1924 17 Years Old He played football for the 1924 league champion Glendale High School team. … Read More
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Early in this period, he had a minor, uncredited role as a guard in the 1926 film Bardelys the Magnificent. … Read More


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In 1930, director Raoul Walsh saw him moving studio furniture while working as a prop boy and cast him in his first starring role in The Big Trail (1930). … Read More
1936 29 Years Old Wayne was a prominent Republican in Hollywood, supporting anti-communist positions. Throughout most of his life, Wayne was a vocally prominent conservative Republican. Initially a self-described socialist during his college years, he voted for Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1936 presidential election and expressed admiration for Roosevelt's successor, fellow Democratic President Harry S. Truman.


1938 31 Years Old Wayne had several high-profile affairs, including one with Marlene Dietrich that lasted for three years and one with Merle Oberon that lasted from 1938 to 1947.
1939 32 Years Old …  He appeared in the similar Box Office poll in 1939 and 1940.
1943 36 Years Old Wayne toured U.S. bases and hospitals in the South Pacific for three months in 1943 and 1944. with the USO By many accounts, his failure to serve in the military was the most painful part of his life. … Read More
1944 37 Years Old He took part in creating the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals in February 1944, and was elected president of that organization in 1949.


In 1949, director Robert Rossen offered the starring role of All the King's Men to Wayne. … Read More
1952 45 Years Old An ardent anti-communist and vocal supporter of the House Un-American Activities Committee, in 1952 he made Big Jim McLain to show his support for the anti-communist cause. … Read More


1960 53 Years Old Wayne supported Vice President Richard Nixon in the presidential election of 1960, but expressed his vision of patriotism when John F. Kennedy won the election: "I didn't vote for him but he's my president, and I hope he does a good job."


He used his iconic star power to support conservative causes, including rallying support for the Vietnam War by producing, codirecting, and starring in the critically panned The Green Berets in 1968.
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As shown below, Wayne was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning once for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1970. … Read More
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In May 1971, Playboy magazine published an interview with Wayne which resulted in a firestorm of controversy. … Read More
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After his separation from his wife, Pilar, in 1973, Wayne became romantically involved and lived with his former secretary Pat Stacy (1941–1995) until his death in 1979. … Read More
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Wayne took on the role of gritty detective McQ in the 1974 crime drama.
1975 68 Years Old …  His status grew so large and legendary that when Japanese Emperor Hirohito visited the United States in 1975, he asked to meet John Wayne, the symbolic representation of his country's former enemy. … Read More
…  He appeared with many important Hollywood stars of his era, and his last public appearance was at the Academy Awards ceremony on April 9, 1979.
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