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||John (Morrison) Wayne was involved in the westward expansion of the USA.|
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Marion Robert Morrison was born 26 May 1907 in Winterset, Iowa, to parents Clyde Leonard Morrison and Mary Alberta Brown. An interesting tidbit about Marion's middle name is that his parents changed it to Mitchell upon deciding that they wanted to name their next son Robert.
The world knows Marion better as John Wayne, the famous actor, director and producer. John also carried the nickname "Duke" with him throughout his life, a nickname that stemmed from his childhood, given to him by a local fireman he passed every day on his way to school who called him "Little Duke" because he never went anywhere without his large Airedale Terrier named Duke.
John was four years old when his family moved from Winterset, Iowa to Los Angeles. Later, after losing a football scholarship due to an injury from a bodysurfing accident, he was able to get a jobs at local film studios. He played small bits for awhile until his first leading role came in the 1930 movie The Big Trail. From there John would go on to star in 142 films, primarily Western movies. Perhaps his best films are The Quiet Man and True Grit.
Academy Award winner John Wayne was among the top box-office draws for three decades. The actor was the epitome of rugged masculinity and easily distinguishable by his demeanor, his calm voice, his walk and his height (6 ft 4 inches).
John Wayne died on 11 June 1979 after a battle with stomach cancer. He requested that his tombstone read "Feo, Fuerte y Formal", a Spanish epitaph Wayne described as meaning "ugly, strong, and dignified". The tombstone went unmarked for 20 years but it now bears this quote from his controversial 1971 Playboy interview: "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."
In June 1999, the American Film Institute named him the 13th Greatest Male Screen Legend of All Time.
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On 26 Jan 2016 at 17:25 GMT Debby (Barton) Black wrote:
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