• May 26, 1907
  • Winterset, Iowa
  • Male
  • American

John Wayne


Marion Mitchell Morrison, known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor, filmmaker, Oscar winner 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 lost a football scholarship to the University of Southern California as a result of a bodysurfing accident, and began working for the Fox Film Corporation. He appeared mostly in small 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. Leading roles followed in numerous B movies during the 1930s, most of them also Westerns, without becoming a major name. It was John Ford's Stagecoach (1939) that made him a mainstream star, and he starred in 142 motion pictures altogether. According to one biographer, "John Wayne personified for millions the nation's frontier heritage." Wayne's other roles in Westerns include a cattleman driving his herd on the Chisholm Trail in Red River (1948), a Civil War veteran whose niece is abducted by a tribe of Comanches in The Searchers (1956), a troubled rancher competing with a lawyer (James Stewart) for a woman's hand in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), and a cantankerous one-eyed marshal in True Grit (1969), for which he received the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also remembered for his roles in The Quiet Man (1952), Rio Bravo (1959) with Dean Martin, 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 made his last public appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony on April 9, 1979. (cc-by-sa wikipedia)


Movie NameRelease Date
Big Jim McLain August 30, 1952
The Quiet Man September 14, 1952
The Longest Day October 4, 1962
Angel and the Badman February 15, 1947
Rio Grande November 15, 1950
True Grit June 21, 1969
The Sons of Katie Elder July 14, 1965
El Dorado June 12, 1967
The Big Trail November 1, 1930
Fort Apache June 14, 1948
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon October 22, 1949
The Shootist July 21, 1976
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance April 22, 1962
Reap the Wild Wind June 4, 1942
Rio Bravo April 4, 1959