John Wayne

John Wayne

  • Born on
    • May 26th, 1907
  • Died on
    • June 11th, 1979
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.

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Acting (116 Credits)

2014And the Oscar Goes to...
1993La Classe américaine as George Abitbol (archive footage)
1976The Shootist as John Bernard Books
1975Rooster Cogburn as Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn
1975Brannigan as Lt. Jim Brannigan
1974McQ as Det. Lt. Lon McQ
1973Cahill U.S. Marshal as J.D. Cahill
1973The Train Robbers as Lane
1972The Cowboys as Wil Andersen
1971Big Jake as Jacob McCandles
1970Rio Lobo as Colonel Cord McNally
1970Chisum as John Simpson Chisum
1969The Undefeated as Colonel John Henry Thomas
1969True Grit as Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn
1968Hellfighters as Chance Buckman
1968The Green Berets as Colonel Mike Kirby
1967The War Wagon as Taw Jackson
1966El Dorado as Cole Thornton
1966Cast a Giant Shadow as Gen. Mike Randolph
1965The Sons of Katie Elder as John Elder
1965In Harm's Way as Capt. Rockwell Torrey
1965The Greatest Story Ever Told as Centurion at crucifixion
1964Circus World as Matt Masters
1963McLintock! as George Washington McLintock
1963Donovan's Reef as Michael "Guns" Donovan
1962Hatari! as Sean Mercer
1962The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as Tom Doniphon
1962How the West Was Won as William Sherman
1962The Longest Day as Col. Benjamin Vandervoort
1961The Comancheros as Jake Cutter
1960North to Alaska as Sam McCord
1960The Alamo as Col. Davy Crockett
1959Rio Bravo as John Chance
1959The Horse Soldiers as Col John Marlowe
1958The Barbarian and the Geisha as Townsend Harris
1957Legend of the Lost as Joe January
1957The Wings of Eagles as Frank W. 'Spig' Wead
1957Jet Pilot as Col. Jim Shannon
1956The Searchers as Ethan Edwards
1956The Conqueror as Temujin, later Genghis Khan
1955Blood Alley as Capt. Tom Wilder
1955The Sea Chase as Captain Karl Ehrlich
1954The High and the Mighty as Dan Roman
1953Island in the Sky as Captain Dooley
1953Trouble Along the Way as Stephen Aloysius Williams
1953Hondo as Hondo Lane
1952Big Jim McLain as Jim McLain
1952The Quiet Man as Sean Thornton
1951Operation Pacific as Duke E. Gifford
1951Flying Leathernecks as Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby
1950Rio Grande as Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke
1949She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Capt. Nathan Cutting Brittles
1949The Fighting Kentuckian as John Breen
1949Sands of Iwo Jima as Sgt. John M. Stryker
19483 Godfathers as Robert Marmaduke Hightower
1948Fort Apache as Capt. Kirby York
1948Wake of the Red Witch as Capt. Ralls
1948Red River as Thomas Dunson
1947Angel and the Badman as Quirt Evans
1947Tycoon as Johnny Munroe
1946Without Reservations as Rusty Thomas
1945Back to Bataan as Colonel Joseph Madden
1945Flame of Barbary Coast as Duke Fergus
1945Dakota as John Devlin
1945They Were Expendable as Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan
1944Tall in the Saddle as Rocklin
1944The Fighting Seabees as Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan
1943In Old Oklahoma as Daniel F Somers
1943A Lady Takes a Chance as Duke Hudkins
1942Flying Tigers as Jim Gordon
1942In Old California as Tom Craig
1942Reunion in France as Pat Talbot
1942Lady for a Night as Jackson Morgan
1942Reap the Wild Wind as Captain Jack Stuart
1942Pittsburgh as Charles 'Pittsburgh' Markham
1942The Spoilers as Roy Glennister
1941The Shepherd of the Hills as Young Matt
1940Three Faces West as John Phillips
1940The Long Voyage Home as Ole Olsen
1940Dark Command as Bob Seton
1940Seven Sinners as Lieutenant Dan Brent
1939New Frontier as Stony Brooke
1939Stagecoach as The Ringo Kid
1939Allegheny Uprising as Jim Smith
1937Born to the West as Dare Rudd
1936Winds of the Wasteland as John Blair
1935Texas Terror as John Higgins
1935Paradise Canyon as John Wyatt
1935The Desert Trail as John Scott / John Jones
1935Rainbow Valley as John Martin
1935The Dawn Rider as John Mason
1935Westward Ho as John Wyatt
1934The Lucky Texan as Jerry Mason
1934Randy Rides Alone as Randy Bowers
1934West of the Divide as Ted Hayden aka Gat Ganns
1934The Trail Beyond as Rod Drew
1934The Lawless Frontier as John Tobin
1934The Man from Utah as John Weston
1934'Neath the Arizona Skies as Chris Morrell
1934Blue Steel as John Carruthers
1934The Star Packer as U.S. Marshal John Travers
1933Sagebrush Trail as John Brant
1933Riders of Destiny as Singin' Sandy Saunders
1933The Man from Monterey as John Holmes
1933The Telegraph Trail as John Trent
1933His Private Secretary as Dick Wallace
1933Baby Face as Jimmy McCoy Jr.
1932The Hurricane Express as The Air Pilot
1932Haunted Gold as John Mason
1932The Big Stampede as Deputy Sheriff John Steele
1932Ride Him, Cowboy as John Drury
1930The Big Trail as Breck Coleman
1928Four Sons as Officer (uncredited)
1928Noah's Ark as Flood Extra (uncredited)
1926Brown of Harvard as Yale Football Player (uncredited)
1926Bardelys the Magnificent as Guard (uncredited)

Director (2 Credits)


Himself (2 Credits)

2010Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff as Himself (archive footage)
1971Directed by John Ford as Himself (uncredited)


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