May 26, 1907 - June 11, 1979
John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979) was an
Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American film actor. He
epitomized rugged masculinity and has become an enduring American icon.
He's famous for his distinctive voice, walk, and height. In 1999, the
American Film Institute named Wayne 13th among the Greatest Male Stars
of All Time. A Harris Poll released in 2007 placed him 3rd among
America's favorite film stars, the only deceased star on the list and
the only one who has appeared on the poll every year.
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holds the record for the most leading roles by an actor, at more than 140.
John Wayne was born
Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, IA, in 1907. As a boy in Glendale,
California, Marion had a dog named Duke. Over time, the local firefighters
started calling him Duke, too. His academic and athletic success at
Glendale High led to a football scholarship at the University of Southern
California (USA). However, a body surfing accident at Newport Beach cut
short his promising athletic career, so he looked to studio work to help
pay his tuition. In an early film called The Big Trail, Marion Morrison
became John Wayne, and the movie business was never the same.
John Wayne’s monumental
film career spanned five decades. He appeared in more than 175 films, more
than a dozen directed by John Ford alone. For an entire generation, he was
Hollywood’s biggest and most durable box-office star. Incredibly
versatile, John Wayne starred in just about every genre Hollywood offered:
war movies, romantic comedies, police dramas, and histories.
But it was the Western in
the American cinema where John Wayne made his most lasting mark. He was
nominated three times for the Academy Award, winning an Oscar for Best
Actor in 1970 for True Grit. And his powerful performances in The
Searchers has been singles out by filmmakers and actors alike as the
greatest performance by an actor ever on film.
In 1979, John Wayne was
awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. A year later, President Jimmy Carter
awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest
civilian honor. John Wayne is among only a handful of individuals who have
received both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold
The John Wayne legend
lives on to this day. John Wayne still spears in the Harris Poll’s
annual listings of America’s favorite movie start, ranking third in the
2010 poll. He has the distinction of being the only actor on this list
every year since 1994.
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