John (The Duke) Wayne Died 33 Years Ago This Week. Are You a Fan?
Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 to 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, and was named the all time top money making star. An enduring American icon, he epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height.
Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa but his family relocated to the greater Los Angeles area when he was four years old. He found work at local film studios when he lost his football scholarship to USC as a result of a bodysurfing accident. Initially working for the Fox Film Corporation, he mostly appeared in small bit parts. His acting breakthrough came in 1939 with John Ford's Stagecoach, making him an instant star. Wayne would go on to star in 142 pictures, primarily typecast in Western films.
Among his best known films are The Quiet Man (1952), which follows him as an Irish-American boxer and his love affair with a fiery spinster played by Maureen O'Hara; The Searchers (1956), in which he plays a Civil War veteran who seeks out his abducted niece; Rio Bravo (1959), playing a Sheriff with Dean Martin; True Grit (1969), playing a humorous U.S. Marshal who sets out to avenge a man's death in the role that won Wayne an Academy Award; and The Shootist (1976), his final screen performance in which he plays an aging gunslinger battling cancer.
In June 1999, the American Film Institute named Wayne 13th among the Greatest Male Screen Legends of All Time.
Read More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wayne
See Votes by State