John Wayne, stage name of Marion Michael Morrison (1907-79). US film actor. Nicknamed The Duke’, he was the slow-speaking tough hero of scores of action films and Westerns. During his 40-year career he appeared in over 150 films, including Stagecoach (1939), The High and the Mighty (1954), The Searchers (1956), and True Grit (1969), for which he received an Oscar. His last film was The Shootist (1976). Wayne was also known for his right-wing patriotic views.
“John Wayne has been the success he has been over the years because he does what he does better than anybody else can. A lot of people have said he doesn’t really act. Just let them try to act like he does and they’ll find they can’t do it. Clint Eastwood”