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John Wayne

Previous star: Merv Griffin

Biography

Wayne in a 1965 publicity photo

Source: Wikipedia

Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, and producer. An Academy Award-winner, Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. An enduring American icon, for several generations of Americans he epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height.

Fact file

  • Born: Marion Robert Morrison May 26, 1907 Winterset, Iowa, U.S.
  • Died: June 11, 1979 (aged 72) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Stomach cancer
  • Other names: Marion Mitchell Morrison Michael Morrison Duke Morrison The Duke
  • Education: Glendale High School
  • Alma mater: University of Southern California
  • Occupation: Actor, director, producer
  • Years active: 1926–1976
  • Home town: Glendale, California
  • Political party: Republican
  • Spouse(s): Josephine Alicia Saenz (m. 1933–45) Esperanza Baur (m. 1946–54) Pilar Pallete (m. 1954–79)
  • Children: with Josephine: Michael Wayne Mary LaCava Patrick Wayne Melinda Munoz with Pilar: Marisa Wayne Aissa Wayne John Ethan Wayne
  • Website: www.johnwayne.com

Read more about John Wayne at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

elliseshafer
Variety, 2020-07-11 16:40:22
USC announced on Friday that its School of Cinematic Arts will remove an exhibit dedicated to John Wayne after student protests regarding the actor’s racist past. Wayne attended USC on a football scholarship in the 1920s and the exhibit honoring him was created in 2012. Controversy has been brewing for ...

John Wayne's Family Says He's Not Racist Amid Airport Naming Debate
TMZ, 2020-06-29 21:22:17
John Wayne was NOT a racist ... at least according to his son, who just weighed in on the controversial debate about renaming the Orange County airport that bears his name. John's son, Ethan Wayne, says he's trying to set the record straight on the…

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Variety, 2020-06-27 19:12:22
The Democratic Party of Orange County passed an emergency resolution this week calling on the Orange County Board of Supervisors to change the name of John Wayne Airport. Submitted by Ada Briceño, chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County, along with Chapman University professors Fred Smoller and Dr. Michael ...

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