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John Wayne

Actor | * 05/26/1907 († 72, 06/11/1979) | Winterset, Iowa, USA
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Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed 'Duke', was an American actor, filmmaker and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. He was among the top box office draws for three decades. Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa but grew up in Southern California. He was president of Glendale High School class of 1925. He found work at local film studios when he lost his football scholarship to the University of Southern California as a result of a bodysurfing accident, initially working for the Fox Film Corporation. He appeared mostly in bit parts, but his first leading role came in Raoul Walsh's Western The Big Trail (1930), an early widescreen film epic which was a box-office failure. Only leading roles in numerous B movies followed during the 1930s, most of them also Westerns. Wayne's career was rejuvenated when John Ford's Stagecoach (1939) made him an instant mainstream star. He starred in 142 motion pictures altogether, including the dozens with his name above the title produced before 1939. According to one biographer, "John Wayne ... ()
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Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor and filmmaker. An Academy Award-winner for True Grit (1969), Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. Born in Winterset, Iowa, Wayne grew up in Southern California. He was president of Glendale High class of 1925. He found work at local film studios when he lost his football scholarship to the University of Southern California as a result of a bodysurfing accident. Initially working for the Fox Film Corporation, he appeared mostly in small bit parts. His first leading role came in Raoul Walsh's The Big Trail (1930), which led to leading roles in numerous B movies throughout the 1930s, many of them in the Western genre. Wayne's career took off in 1939, with John Ford's Stagecoach making him an instant star. He went on to star in 142 pictures. Biographer Ronald Davis said, "John Wayne personified for millions the nation's frontier heritage. Eighty-three of his movies were Westerns, and in them, he played cowboys, cavalrymen, and unconquerable loners extracted from the Republic's central creation myth." Wayne's other well-known Western roles include a cattleman driving his herd north on the Chisholm Trail in Red River (1948), a Civil War veteran whose young niece is abducted by a tribe of Comanches in The Searchers (1956), and a troubled rancher competing with a lawyer for a woman's hand in marriage in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). He is also remembered for his roles in The Quiet Man (1952), Rio Bravo (1959), and The Longest Day (1962). In his final screen performance, he starred as an aging gunfighter battling cancer in The Shootist (1976). 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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Western | Drama | Action

Known for these Movies & Shows

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

PG-13

1962 | 3.9/5 | 2h 3min
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McLintock!

Certification unknown

1963 | 3.4/5 | 2h 7min
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True Grit

G

1969 | 3.7/5 | 2h 8min
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The Alamo

Certification unknown

1960 | 3.5/5 | 2h 47min
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Awards & Nominations for John Wayne

Presidential Medal of Freedom Academy Award for Best Actor Congressional Gold Medal California Hall of Fame Golden Plate Award 2x Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Picture

Movies with John Wayne as Actor(185)

as himself2016 John Wayne on Film
as Himself (archive footage)2013 John Ford & Monument Valley
as George Abitbol (Archive Footage)1993 La classe américaine
as Himself (archive footage)1991 Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire
as self1977 That's Action
as Jerry Mason1976 Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
as John Bernard Books1976 The Shootist
as Himself/Narrator1976 Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend
as (archive footage)1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
as Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn1975 Rooster Cogburn
as Lt. Jim Brannigan1975 Brannigan
as Det. Lt. Lon McQ1974 McQ
as J.D. Cahill1973 Cahill U.S. Marshal
as Lane1973 The Train Robbers
as Wil Andersen1972 The Cowboys
as Himself (uncredited)1972 Cancel My Reservation
as Jacob McCandles1971 Big Jake
as Himself (uncredited)1971 Directed by John Ford
as himself1970 Raquel!
as himself1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land
as John Simpson Chisum1970 Chisum
as Colonel Cord McNally1970 Rio Lobo
as Colonel John Henry Thomas1969 The Undefeated
as Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn1969 True Grit
as Chance Buckman1968 Hellfighters
as Colonel Mike Kirby1968 The Green Berets
as Taw Jackson1967 The War Wagon
as Gen. Mike Randolph1966 Cast a Giant Shadow
as Cole Thornton1966 El Dorado
as John Elder1965 The Sons of Katie Elder
as Centurion at crucifixion1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
as Capt. Rockwell Torrey1965 In Harm's Way
as Matt Masters1964 Circus World
as Himself (archive footage)1964 The Odyssey of Rita Hayworth
as George Washington McLintock1963 McLintock!
as Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan1963 Donovan's Reef
as Sean Mercer1962 Hatari!
as Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman1962 How the West Was Won
as Col. Benjamin Vandervoort1962 The Longest Day
as Jake Cutter1961 The Comancheros
as Sam McCord1960 North to Alaska
as Col. Davy Crockett1960 The Alamo
as Col John Marlowe1959 The Horse Soldiers
as Sheriff John T. Chance (Grant)1959 Rio Bravo
as Townsend Harris1958 The Barbarian and the Geisha
as Leonard - Screen Husband (uncredited)1958 I Married a Woman
as Joe January1957 Legend of the Lost
as Col. Jim Shannon1957 Jet Pilot
as Frank W. 'Spig' Wead1957 The Wings of Eagles
as Ethan Edwards1956 The Searchers
as Temujin, later Genghis Khan1956 The Conqueror
as Capt. Tom Wilder1955 Blood Alley
as Captain Karl Ehrlich1955 The Sea Chase
as Dan Roman1954 The High and the Mighty
as Hondo Lane1953 Hondo
as Stephen Aloysius Williams1953 Trouble Along the Way
as Captain Dooley1953 Island in the Sky
as Jim McLain1952 Big Jim McLain
as Sean Thornton1952 The Quiet Man
as Lt Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford1951 Operation Pacific
as Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby1951 Flying Leathernecks
as Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke1950 Rio Grande
as Capt. Nathan Cutting Brittles1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
as John Breen1949 The Fighting Kentuckian
as Sgt John M Stryker1949 Sands of Iwo Jima
as Thomas Dunson1948 Red River
as Robert Marmaduke Hightower1948 3 Godfathers
as Capt. Ralls1948 Wake of the Red Witch
as Capt. Kirby York1948 Fort Apache
as Quirt Evans1947 Angel and the Badman
as Johnny Munroe1947 Tycoon
as Rusty Thomas1946 Without Reservations
as Tom Wayne1946 Desert Command
as Duke Fergus1945 Flame of Barbary Coast
as Colonel Joseph Madden1945 Back to Bataan
as Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan1945 They Were Expendable
as John Devlin1945 Dakota
as Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan1944 The Fighting Seabees
as Rocklin1944 Tall in the Saddle
as Daniel F Somers1943 War of the Wildcats
as Duke Hudkins1943 A Lady Takes a Chance
as Capt. Jack Stuart1942 Reap the Wild Wind
as Jackson Morgan1942 Lady for a Night
as Tom Craig1942 In Old California
as Pat Talbot1942 Reunion in France
as Charles 'Pittsburgh' Markham1942 Pittsburgh
as Roy Glennister1942 The Spoilers
as Jim Gordon1942 Flying Tigers
as Lynn Hollister1941 A Man Betrayed
as Young Matt1941 The Shepherd of the Hills
as John Reynolds1941 Lady from Louisiana
as Lieutenant Dan Brent1940 Seven Sinners
as John Phillips1940 Three Faces West
as Bob Seton1940 Dark Command
as Ole Olsen1940 The Long Voyage Home
as The Ringo Kid1939 Stagecoach
as Stony Brooke1939 The Night Riders
as Stony Brooke1939 Three Texas Steers
as Stony Brooke1939 Wyoming Outlaw
as Stony Brooke1939 New Frontier
as Jim Smith1939 Allegheny Uprising
as Stony Brooke1938 Pals of the Saddle
as Stony Brooke1938 Overland Stage Raiders
as Stony Brooke1938 Santa Fe Stampede
as Stony Brooke1938 Red River Range
as Biff Smith1937 California Straight Ahead
as Dare Rudd1937 Born to the West
as Duke Slade1937 Adventure's End
as Johnny Hanson1937 Idol of the Crowds
as Bob Adams1937 I Cover the War
as Capt John Delmont1936 The Oregon Trail
as Captain John Ashley1936 The Lonely Trail
as John Blair1936 Winds of the Wasteland
as Pat Glendon1936 Conflict
as Bob Randall1936 Sea Spoilers
as John Clayborn1936 King of the Pecos
as John Tipton1936 The Lawless Nineties
as John Higgins1935 Texas Terror
as John1935 The New Frontier
as John Wyatt1935 Westward Ho
as John Middleton1935 Lawless Range
as John Scott / John Jones1935 The Desert Trail
as John Wyatt1935 Paradise Canyon
as John Mason1935 The Dawn Rider
as John Martin1935 Rainbow Valley
as Chris Morrell1934 'Neath the Arizona Skies
as Rod Drew1934 The Trail Beyond
as John Carruthers1934 Blue Steel
as U.S. Marshal John Travers1934 The Star Packer
as Ted Hayden aka Gat Ganns1934 West of the Divide
as Jerry Mason1934 The Lucky Texan
as John Weston1934 The Man From Utah
as Randy Bowers1934 Randy Rides Alone
as John Tobin1934 The Lawless Frontier
as John Brant1933 Sagebrush Trail
as Dick Wallace1933 His Private Secretary
as John Bishop1933 Somewhere in Sonora
as Jimmy McCoy Jr.1933 Baby Face
as Co-Pilot in Wreck (uncredited)1933 Central Airport
as John Trent1933 The Telegraph Trail
as Student Greeting Phil (uncredited)1933 College Coach
as Captain John Holmes1933 The Man from Monterey
as Singin' Sandy Saunders1933 Riders of Destiny
as Lt. Tom Wayne1933 The Three Musketeers
as Buzz Kinney1932 Lady and Gent
as Steve Pickett1932 Texas Cyclone
as Duke1932 Two-Fisted Law
as Deputy Sheriff John Steele1932 The Big Stampede
as The Air Pilot1932 The Hurricane Express
as John Mason1932 Haunted Gold
as Craig McCoy1932 The Shadow of the Eagle
as John Drury1932 Ride Him, Cowboy
as Dusty Rhodes1931 Maker of Men
as Clint Turner1931 The Range Feud
as Lt. Bob Denton1931 Arizona
as Peter Brooks1931 Girls Demand Excitement
as Lumberjack1930 Rough Romance
as Breck Coleman1930 The Big Trail
as Extra (uncredited)1930 Born Reckless
as Radioman on Surface (uncredited)1930 Men Without Women
as Midshipman Bill (uncredited)1929 Salute
as Extra1929 Speakeasy
as Pete Donahue1929 Words and Music
as 42nd Highlander (uncredited)1929 The Black Watch
as Flood Extra (uncredited)1929 Noah's Ark
as Officer (uncredited)1928 Four Sons
as Man on Stool1928 A Home Made Man
as Horse Race Spectator / Condemned Man in Flashback1928 Hangman's House
as Extra (uncredited)1928 Mother Machree
as Opposing Football Player1927 The Draw-Back
as Football Player / Extra in Stands1927 The Drop Kick
as Extra (uncredited)1927 Annie Laurie
as Yale Football Player (uncredited)1926 Brown of Harvard
as Extra (uncredited)1926 The Great K&A Train Robbery

TV Shows/Series with John Wayne as Actor(14)

Movies with John Wayne as Crew(20)

Production/Executive Producer1973 The Train Robbers
Production/Executive Producer1971 Big Jake
Directing/Director1968 The Green Berets
Directing/Director1961 The Comancheros
Directing/Director1960 The Alamo
Production/Producer1960 The Alamo
Production/Producer1956 Good-bye, My Lady
Production/Producer1956 Seven Men from Now
Production/Producer1955 Blood Alley
Production/Producer1954 The High and the Mighty
Production/Producer1954 Track of the Cat
Production/Producer1953 Hondo
Production/Producer1953 Island in the Sky
Production/Producer1951 Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen
Production/Producer1951 Bullfighter and the Lady
Production/Producer1950 The Dangerous Stranger
Production/Producer1949 The Fighting Kentuckian
Production/Producer1947 Angel and the Badman
Crew/Property Master1928 Four Sons
Crew/Property Master1928 Mother Machree

Additional Information

Full Name: John Wayne
Born: 05/26/1907 in Winterset
Died: 06/11/1979 in 1984 Summer Olympics (aged: 72)
Zodiac sign: Gemini (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: University of Southern California
Record Label: RCA Records
Spouses (current/former): Esperanza Baur, Pilar Pallete, Josephine Wayne
Partner (current/former): Marlene Dietrich
Children: Patrick Wayne, Michael Wayne, Ethan Wayne
Other names for John Wayne (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Duke"
"The Duke"
"ジョン・ウェイン"
"Marion Robert Morrison"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1004, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 03/13/2019