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John Wayne

John Wayne (May 26, 1907 - June 11, 1979) was an American actor whose career spanned the evolutionary phase of American cinema, appearing in silent movies and "talkies" alike. Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison, Robert changed to Michael in childhood; nicknamed Duke after his Airedale dog. He was born in Winterset, Iowa, and died in Los Angeles, California.

He appeared in many strong masculine ("macho") roles in western films and war films, but he also had a down-to-earth sense of humour which allowed him to appear in a pink bunny suit for an episode of "Rowan and Martin's Laugh In", as well as in comedy movies. According to the Internet Movie Database Wayne played the male lead in 142 of his film appearances, an as yet unsurpassed record. He had a long collaboration with director John Ford.

Despite his prolific output John Wayne won only a single Best Leading Actor Oscar, and that was for the 1969 movie True Grit. He received the nomination for the Best Leading Actor in Sands of Iwo-Jima, and as producer for Best Picture for The Alamo.

John Wayne died on June 11, 1979 and was interred in the Pacific View Memorial Park cemetery in Corona del Mar, California, USA.

There is an airport named after him, John Wayne Airport, in Orange County, California

List of Films: The Quiet Man, The Alamo, True Grit, Sands of Iwo-Jima, Hondo, The Searchers, Rio Bravo, Rio Grande, Stagecoach, The War Wagon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

John Wayne Facts

Birth NameMarion Michael Morrison
BirthdayMay 26, 1907
BirthplaceWinterset, Iowa, USA
Date of deathJune 11, 1979 (Los Angeles, California, USA, age 72)
Height6' 4" (1m93)  How tall is John Wayne compared to you?
Awards1970 Academy Awards: Best Actor (for True Grit)
1970 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (for True Grit)
1966 Golden Globe Awards: Cecil B. DeMille Award

Selected Filmography

Primal Fear
The Running Man
Toy Story 2
Rio Lobo
12:00 P.M.
Sands of Iwo Jima
Island in the Sky
Under Siege
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