John Wayne

American film actor John Wayne

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.
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John Wayne's personal information overview.
Birthday
26 May 1907
Deceased
11 June 1979
Death Place
Los Angeles

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Ex-Laker arrested at John Wayne Airport - OCRegister
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SANTA ANA – Former Los Angeles Laker Javaris Crittenton was arrested at John Wayne Airport on Monday night, hours after FBI officials announced that he was being sought by Atlanta authorities on murder charges ... - -
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Selby Man Copy Cat Happy Slapped While Watching John Wayne - The Spoof (satire)
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A Selby man was subject to a happy slap attack by his wife and sister-in-law today while watching the John Wayne western Rio Bravo. The incident appears to have been a copy cat version of a similar attack last month. Barry Glimpse, 47, of Ikea Close,
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The John Wayne of the American stage - Irish Times
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There's much about his work that clicks with Irish audiences, writes SARA KEATING SAM SHEPARD is the John Wayne of American theatre: an archetypal cowboy, restlessly exploring the frontiers of dramatic representation. He has written some of the
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John Wayne Parr Injures Hand, Is Out of September Bout With Frank Giorgi - Head Kick Legend
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While it looked as though John Wayne Parr would be competing twice in short order this fall, the Australian fighter has been forced out of his September bout with Frank Giorgi. Dave Walsh at LiverKick reports that Parr has injured his right hand,
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Laguna food, culture lands at John Wayne Airport - Coastline Pilot
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A rendering of the concept for the Fresh Market concession at John Wayne Airport. (Courtesy OCAIR.COM) By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com Travelers at John Wayne Airport will get a taste of Laguna Beach starting early next year with the addition
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John Wayne's Rooster Cogburn costume could be yours...for £100000 - Metro
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The costume worn by John Wayne in the 1969 classic Western True Grit is expected to fetch a six-figure sum when it goes under the hammer at auction. The Hollywood legend wore the outfit for his Oscar-winning role as Rooster Cogburn, the one-eyed US
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John Wayne's beloved yacht gets historical protection - Los Angeles Times
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The vessel, anchored in Newport Beach, is now among some 200 boats listed on the National Register of Historic Places. "While our focus has, and perhaps always will be, predominantly on buildings, the programs include a broad spectrum of property types ... -
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John Wayne mocking leads to assault - The Spokesman Review (blog)
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A homeless man was sentenced today to 15 months in prison after he attacked another man with a claw hammer for making fun of John Wayne. Joel S. Parsons, 42, had been charged with first-degree assault but agreed to a plea agreement for second-degree
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Gaffes are always lurking in campaigns - Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
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Like Dean, the congresswoman from Minnesota occasionally sticks her foot in her mouth, as she did when she confused John Wayne's Iowa birthplace and erroneously placed a Revolutionary War battlefield in the wrong state. Dean's gaffes tended to be
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Texas education program helps reduce hunting accidents - Sacramento Bee
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John Wayne starred as Rooster Cogburn. It's interesting what elements in a movie make an impression after 42 years. In case you've never seen "True Grit," it's the story of how a 14-year-old girl talks a drunkard federal marshal into pursuing the
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343: “Master Chief Is The John Wayne” Of Halo - TheSixthAxis
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Because Master Chief is the John Wayne character of that universe, and that's who you want to play.” The Halo 4 reveal trailer wasn't a total surprise at E3 this year, the game was spoiled by Microsoft themselves two hours before the show. ... - -
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Man took gun from deputy's holster, was on drugs, officials say - Los Angeles Times
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A man who grabbed a gun from the holster of a sheriff's deputy's gun Friday at John Wayne Airport admitted he had been taking drugs throughout the day leading up to the incident, authorities said Saturday. Police arrested Leonardo Alvarez, 31, ... - -
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Royal tour: who needs John Wayne? Prince William and Kate are out West - Telegraph.co.uk
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No one could accuse the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of not getting into the swing of things on their first overseas tour. By Gordon Rayner, in Calgary Dressed from head to toe in cowboy clothes – including 10 gallon hats – the royal couple let their
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Snoqualmie Tunnel gives cyclists, riders cool new link - The Seattle Times
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The Snoqualmie Tunnel on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is reopened, to the delight of hikers, bicyclists and backcountry horsemen. By Lynda V. Mapes Bicyclists go from bright sunshine into Snoqualmie Tunnel, a nearly 100-year-old railroad route under
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Wayne
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1979
    Age 71
    Wayne's enduring status as an iconic American was formally recognized by the U.S. government in the form of the two highest civilian decorations. On May 26, 1979, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
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    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.
  • 1975
    Age 67
    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.
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  • 1974
    Age 66
    The ceremony was held on January 15, 1974, at the Harvard Square Theater and the award was officially presented in honor of Wayne's "outstanding machismo and penchant for punching people".
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    Wayne took on the role of gritty detective McQ in the 1974 crime drama.
  • 1973
    Age 65
    In 1973, The Harvard Lampoon, a satirical paper run by Harvard University students, invited Wayne to receive The Brass Balls Award, created in his "honor", after calling him "the biggest fraud in history".
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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.
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  • 1971
    Age 63
    The grave, which went unmarked for 20 years, is now marked with a quotation from his controversial 1971 Playboy interview: "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.
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    In May 1971, Playboy magazine published an interview with Wayne which resulted in a firestorm of controversy.
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  • 1970
    Age 62
    In 1970, Wayne won a Golden Globe Award for his performance in True Grit.
    As shown below, Wayne was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning once for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1970.
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  • 1968
    Age 60
    He was asked to be the running mate for Democratic Alabama Governor George Wallace in 1968, but he rejected the offer and actively campaigned for Richard Nixon; Wayne addressed the Republican National Convention on its opening day in August 1968.
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    Due to his enormous popularity and his status as the most famous Republican star in Hollywood, wealthy Texas Republican Party backers asked Wayne to run for national office in 1968, as had his friend and fellow actor Senator George Murphy.
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    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.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1960
    Age 52
    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."
  • FORTIES
  • 1952
    Age 44
    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.
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  • 1949
    Age 41
    While these two polls are really an indication only of the popularity of series stars, Wayne also appeared in the Top Ten Money Makers Poll of all films from 1949 to 1957 and 1958 to 1974, taking first place in 1950, 1951, 1954, and 1971.
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    Broderick Crawford, who eventually got the role, won the 1949 Oscar for best male actor, ironically beating out Wayne, who had been nominated for Sands of Iwo Jima.
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    In 1949, director Robert Rossen offered the starring role of All the King's Men to Wayne.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1944
    Age 36
    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.
  • 1943
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1939
    Age 31
    He appeared in the similar Box Office poll in 1939 and 1940.
  • 1938
    Age 30
    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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1936
    Age 28
    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.
  • 1930
    Age 22
    By Wayne's own estimation, he appeared in about 80 of these horse operas from 1930 to 1939.
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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).
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1926
    Age 18
    Between 1926 and 1976, Wayne appeared in over 170 motion pictures, and became one of America's biggest box office stars.
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    Early in this period, he had a minor, uncredited role as a guard in the 1926 film Bardelys the Magnificent.
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  • 1924
    Age 16
    He played football for the 1924 league champion Glendale High School team.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1916
    Age 8
    Wayne's family moved to Palmdale, California, and then in 1916 to Glendale, California, where his father worked as a pharmacist.
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  • 1907
    Born
    The local paper, Winterset Madisonian, reported on page 4 of the May 30, 1907 edition that Wayne weighed 13 pounds at birth.
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