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John Wayne (I) (1907–1979)


John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert. Until... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Searchers
The Searchers Ethan Edwards
(1956)
Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo Sheriff John T. Chance
(1959)
True Grit
True Grit Rooster Cogburn
(1969)

Filmography

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 1974 McQ
McQ
 1972 Cancel My Reservation
John Wayne (uncredited)
 1967 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
John Wayne
- The Indians Are Coming (1967) ... John Wayne (uncredited)
 1964 Circus World
Matt Masters
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Marine Sergeant
- Flashing Spikes (1962) ... Marine Sergeant (as Marion Morrison)
 1958 I Married a Woman
Leonard - Screen Husband (uncredited)
 1953 Hondo
Hondo Lane
 1947 Tycoon
Johnny
 1945 They Were Expendable
Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan
 1943 In Old Oklahoma
Daniel F. Somers
 1942 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Markham
 1942 In Old California
Tom Craig
 1942 Lady for a Night
Jackson Morgan
 1941 Lady from Louisiana
John Reynolds
 1939 Allegheny Uprising
Jim Smith
 1937 Adventure's End
Duke Slade
 1937 Idol of the Crowds
Johnny Hanson
 1937 I Cover the War!
Bob Adams
 1937 California Straight Ahead!
Biff Smith
 1936 Sea Spoilers
Bob Randall
 1936 Winds of the Wasteland
John Blair
 1936 The Lonely Trail
Capt. John Ashley
 1936 King of the Pecos
John Clayborn
 1936 The Lawless Nineties
John Tipton
 1936 The Oregon Trail
Capt John Delmont
 1935 Paradise Canyon
John Wyatt posing as John Rogers
 1935 The Dawn Rider
John Mason
 1935 The Desert Trail
John Scott posing as John Jones
 1935 Texas Terror
John Higgins
 1934 The Lawless Frontier
John Tobin
 1934 The Trail Beyond
Rod Drew
 1934 The Star Packer
John Travers
 1934 West of the Divide
Ted Hayden posing as Gat Ganns
 1934 The Lucky Texan
Jerry Mason
 1933 College Coach
Student Greeting Phil (uncredited)
 1933 Baby Face
Jimmy McCoy Jr.
 1933 His Private Secretary
Dick Wallace
 1933 Central Airport
Co-Pilot in Wreck (uncredited)
 1933 The Three Musketeers
Tom Wayne
 1932 Haunted Gold
John Mason
 1932 That's My Boy
Football Player (uncredited)
 1932 Lady and Gent
Buzz Kinney
 1932 Two-Fisted Law
Duke
 1932 Texas Cyclone
Steve Pickett
 1932 The Shadow of the Eagle
Craig McCoy
 1932 Running Hollywood (Short)
Emcee
 1931 Maker of Men
Dusty Rhodes
 1931 The Range Feud
Clint Turner
 1931 Arizona
Lt. Bob Denton
 1931 Three Girls Lost
Gordon Wales
 1930 Cheer Up and Smile
Roy (uncredited)
 1930 Rough Romance
Lumberjack (uncredited)
 1930 Born Reckless
Extra (uncredited)
 1930 Men Without Women
Radioman on Surface (uncredited)
 1929 The Forward Pass
Extra (uncredited)
 1929 Salute
Midshipman Bill (uncredited)
 1929 Words and Music
Pete Donahue (as Duke Morrison)
 1929 The Black Watch
42nd Highlander (uncredited)
 1929 Speakeasy
Extra (uncredited)
 1928 Noah's Ark
Flood Extra (uncredited)
 1928 Hangman's House
Horse Race Spectator / Condemned Man in Flashback (uncredited)
 1928 Four Sons
Officer (uncredited)
 1928 Mother Machree
Extra (uncredited)
 1927 Seeing Stars (Short)
Tall Boy (uncredited)
 1927 The Drop Kick
Football Player / Extra in Stands (uncredited)
 1927 Annie Laurie
Extra (uncredited)
 1927 The Draw-Back (Short)
Opposing Football Player (uncredited)
 1926 The Great K & A Train Robbery
Extra (uncredited)
 1926 Bardelys the Magnificent
Guard (uncredited)
 1926 Brown of Harvard
Yale Football Player (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1970s) Regional TV commercial: Great Western Savings Bank. See more »

Publicity Listings:

11 Biographical Movies | 46 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 34 Articles | 7 Pictorials | 13 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Michael Morris | Duke Morrison | Marion Michael Morrison | Marion Morrison

Height:

6' 4½" (1.94 m)
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Personal Quote:

[1973] My build-up was done through constant exposure. By the time I went overseas to visit our boys during the Second World War, they had already seen my movies when they were back home. Now their kids are grown up and their kids are seeing my movies. I'm part of the family . . . I think Steve McQueen and Robert Redford have a chance of becoming lasting stars. And certainly that big kid - what ... See more »

Trivia:

On Monday, June 11th, 1979, the flame of the Olympic Torch at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, was lit for honoring him, in memory. It remained lit until the funeral four days later, Friday, June 15th, 1979. See more »

Trademark:

Distinctive cat-like walk See more »

Nickname:

JW See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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