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American film actor

John Wayne is ...

Dead
Born 26 May 1907 in Winterset
Died 11 Jun 1979 in Los Angeles
Age72 years
Causestomach cancer
Correction?
John Wayne
John Wayne
Publicity portrait of John Wayne. Frank Driggs Collection.

About John Wayne

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, most 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.

Death

Although he enrolled in a cancer vaccine study in an attempt to ward off the disease, Wayne died of stomach cancer at the age of 72 on June 11, 1979, at the UCLA Medical Center, and was buried in the Pacific View Memorial Park cemetery in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach. According to his son Patrick and his grandson Matthew Muñoz, a priest in the California Diocese of Orange, he converted to Roman Catholicism shortly before his death. He requested that his tombstone read "Feo, Fuerte y Formal", a Spanish epitaph Wayne described as meaning "ugly, strong, and dignified". The grave, which went unmarked for 20 years, is now marked with a quotation 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."

Among the cast and crew who filmed The Conqueror (1956) on location near St. George, Utah, 91 developed some form of cancer at various times, including stars Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Pedro Armendáriz, and director Dick Powell. The film was shot in southwestern Utah, east of and generally downwind from the site of recent U.S. Government nuclear weapons tests in southeastern Nevada. Many contend that radioactive fallout from these tests contaminated the film location and poisoned the film crew working there. Despite the suggestion that Wayne's 1964 lung cancer and his 1979 stomach cancer resulted from nuclear contamination, he believed his lung cancer to have been a result of his six-packs-a-day cigarette habit.

Films

John Wayne has worked on the following films:

The Longest Day
1962 war film
1962
True Grit
1969 American western film
1969
How the West Was Won
1962 film by John Ford, Richard Thorpe, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall
1962
The Green Berets
1968 film by John Wayne, Mervyn LeRoy, Ray Kellogg
1968
Stagecoach
1939 film by John Ford
1939
Rio Bravo
American Western film directed by Howard Hawks
1959
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
1962 film by John Ford
1962
The Sons of Katie Elder
1965 film by Henry Hathaway
1965
The Greatest Story Ever Told
1965 film by George Stevens, David Lean
1965
Hondo
1954 film by John Farrow
1954
In Harm's Way
1965 film by Otto Preminger
1965
The Shootist
1976 film by Don Siegel
1976
El Dorado
1966 film by Howard Hawks
1966
Red River
1948 Western film
1948
Flying Tigers
1942 black-and-white war film, starring John Wayne and John Carroll as pilots in the mercenary fighter group fighting the Japanese in China prior to the U.S. entry into World War II
1942
Tall in the Saddle
1944 film by Edwin L. Marin
1944
Hatari!
1962 film by Howard Hawks
1962
McLintock!
1963 film by Andrew V. McLaglen, James Edward Grant, Maureen O'Hara, John Wayne, Yvonne De Carlo, Patrick Wayne
1963
Baby Face
1933 film by Alfred E. Green
1933
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
1950 film by John Ford
1950
The Big Trail
1930 film by Raoul Walsh
1930
The Long Voyage Home
1940 film by John Ford
1940
The Conqueror
1956 film by Dick Powell
1956
Circus World
1964 film by Henry Hathaway
1964
Sands of Iwo Jima
1950 film by Allan Dwan
1950
Chisum
1970 Western film
1970
Rooster Cogburn
1975 American western film
1975
Rio Lobo
1970 film by Howard Hawks
1970
Rio Grande
1950 film by John Ford
1950
Angel and the Badman
1947 film by James Edward Grant
1947
The Sea Chase
1955 film by John Farrow
1955
North to Alaska
1960 film by Henry Hathaway, John Wayne
1960
Island in the Sky
1953 film by William A. Wellman
1953
Back to Bataan
1945 film by Edward Dmytryk
1945
The Cowboys
1972 film
1972
Jet Pilot
1957 film by Josef von Sternberg
1957
Flying Leathernecks
1951 film by Nicholas Ray
1951
Fort Apache
1948 film by John Ford
1948
They Were Expendable
1945 film by John Ford, Robert Montgomery
1945
Reap the Wild Wind
serialized story by Thelma Strabel
1942
Noah's Ark
1928 film
1928
Donovan's Reef
1963 film by John Ford
1963
Brannigan
1975 film by Douglas Hickox
1975
McQ
1974 film by John Sturges
1974
The Horse Soldiers
1959 film by John Ford
1959
The Undefeated
1969 film by Andrew V. McLaglen, John Wayne
1969
Hellfighters
1968 film by Andrew V. McLaglen
1968
Blood Alley
1955 seafaring adventure movie
1955
Big Jake
1971 Western film
1971
Wake of the Red Witch
1948 film by Edward Ludwig
1948
The Barbarian and the Geisha
1958 film by John Huston
1958
The Comancheros
1961 film by Michael Curtiz
1961
The Wings of Eagles
1957 film by John Ford
1957
Cast a Giant Shadow
1966 film by Melville Shavelson
1966
Pittsburgh
1942 film
1942
Operation Pacific
1951 film by George Waggner
1951
Rainbow Valley
1935 western film starring John Wayne
1935
The Three Musketeers
1933 serial
1933
3 Godfathers
1948 film by John Ford
1948
The Spoilers
1942 film by Rex Beach, Ray Enright
1942
Allegheny Uprising
1939 film by William A. Seiter
1939
Bardelys the Magnificent
1926 film by King Vidor
1926
The Fighting Seabees
1944 film by Edward Ludwig
1944
Big Jim McLain
1952 film by Edward Ludwig
1952
The War Wagon
1967 film by Kirk Douglas, Howard Keel, Bruce Dern, Robert Walker, Jr., Bruce Cabot, Burt Kennedy, John Wayne, Keenan Wynn, Gene Evans, Clair Huffaker, Joanna Barnes
1967
Hangman's House
1928 film by John Ford
1928
Reunion in France
1942 feature film
1942
The Fighting Kentuckian
1950 film by George Waggner
1950
Trouble Along the Way
1953 film by Michael Curtiz
1953
Dark Command
1940 film by Raoul Walsh
1940
College Coach
1933 film by William A. Wellman
1933
The Train Robbers
1973 film by Burt Kennedy
1973
Cahill U.S. Marshal
1973 film by Andrew V. McLaglen
1973
Legend of the Lost
1957 film by Henry Hathaway
1957
The Shadow of the Eagle
1932 film by Ford Beebe, B. Reeves Eason
1932
Flame of Barbary Coast
1945 film by John Wayne, Joseph Kane, Joseph Schildkraut, Ann Dvorak, Borden Chase, William Frawley
1945
Riders of Destiny
1933 western film starring John Wayne
1933
The Hurricane Express
1932 film by Armand Schaefer, J. P. McGowan
1932
Without Reservations
1946 film by Mervyn LeRoy
1946
In Old Oklahoma
1943 film by Albert S. Rogell
1943
Lady for a Night
1942 American drama film
1942
Blue Steel
1934 western film starring John Wayne
1934
A Lady Takes a Chance
1943 film by William A. Seiter
1943
Four Sons
1928 film by John Ford
1928
Born to the West
1937 film by Charles Barton
1937
'Neath the Arizona Skies
1934 western film starring John Wayne
1934
The Shepherd of the Hills
1941 film by Henry Hathaway
1941
The Trail Beyond
1934 western film starring John Wayne
1934
Lady from Louisiana
1941 film by Bernard Vorhaus
1941
The Lawless Frontier
1934 western film starring John Wayne
1934
Sagebrush Trail
1933 western film starring John Wayne
1933
Winds of the Wasteland
1936
The Desert Trail
1935 western film starring John Wayne
1935
Texas Terror
1935 western film starring John Wayne
1935
Born Reckless
1930 film by John Ford, Andrew Bennison
1930
Seven Sinners
1940 film by Tay Garnett, Phil Karlson
1940
Tycoon
1947 film by Richard Wallace
1947
The Life of Jimmy Dolan
1933 film by Archie Mayo
1933
The Night Riders
1939 film by George Sherman
1939
Dakota
1945 film by Joseph Kane
1945
Paradise Canyon
1935 western film starring John Wayne
1935
The Dawn Rider
1935 western film starring John Wayne
1935
Words and Music
1929 film by James Tinling
1929
Ride Him, Cowboy
1932 film by Fred Allen
1932
Three Faces West
1940 film by Bernard Vorhaus
1940
The Drop Kick
1927 film by Millard Webb
1927
That's My Boy
1932 film by Roy William Neill
1932
The Lucky Texan
1934 western film starring John Wayne
1934
New Frontier
1939 film by George Sherman
1939
The Man from Utah
1934 western film starring John Wayne
1934
The Lawless Nineties
1936 film by Joseph Kane
1936
Conflict
1936 film by David Howard
1936
Red River Range
1938 film by George Sherman
1938
Randy Rides Alone
1934 western film starring John Wayne
1934
Central Airport
1933 film by Alfred E. Green, William A. Wellman
1933
Overland Stage Raiders
1938 film by George Sherman
1938
The Forward Pass
1929 film by Edward F. Cline
1929
Rough Romance
1930
Santa Fe Stampede
1938 film by George Sherman
1938
A Man Betrayed
1941 film by John H. Auer
1941
The Star Packer
1934 western film starring John Wayne
1934
Men Without Women
1930 film by John Ford
1930
Westward Ho
1935 film by Robert N. Bradbury
1935
Three Girls Lost
1931
West of the Divide
1934 western film starring John Wayne
1934
In Old California
1942 film by William C. McGann
1942
Salute
1929 film
1929
Maker of Men
1931 film by Edward Sedgwick
1931
Three Texas Steers
1939 film by George Sherman
1939
The Oregon Trail
1936 film by Jack Natteford, Scott Pembroke
1936
Wyoming Outlaw
1939 film by George Sherman
1939
The Deceiver
1931 film by Louis King
1931
Pals of the Saddle
1938 film by George Sherman
1938
Speakeasy
1929 film by Benjamin Stoloff
1929
Adventure's End
1937 film by Arthur Lubin
1937
Idol of the Crowds
1937 film by Arthur Lubin
1937
Arizona
1931 film by George B. Seitz
1931
Two-Fisted Law
1932 film by D. Ross Lederman
1932
Range Feud
1931 film by D. Ross Lederman
1931
Flashing Spikes
1962 film by John Ford
1962
Lady and Gent
1932 film by Stephen Roberts
1932
King of the Pecos
1936 film by Bernard McConville, Joseph Kane
1936
Texas Cyclone
1932 film by D. Ross Lederman
1932
The Man from Monterey
1933 film by Mack V. Wright
1933
Cheer Up and Smile
1930 film by Sidney Lanfield
1930
I Cover the War
1937 film by Arthur Lubin
1937
California Straight Ahead!
1937 film by Arthur Lubin
1937
The Lonely Trail
1936
Girls Demand Excitement
1931 film by Seymour Felix
1931
Somewhere in Sonora
1933 film by Mack V. Wright
1933
Sea Spoilers
1936 film by Frank R. Strayer
1936
His Private Secretary
1933
Lawless Range
1935 western film
1935
Haunted Gold
1932 film by Mack V. Wright
1932
The Big Stampede
1932 film by Tenny Wright
1932
Rookie of the Year
The Telegraph Trail
1933 American Western film
1933
The New Frontier
1935 film by Carl Pierson
1935
Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend
1976 documentary
1976