Biography

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, many 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.

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, many 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 219

Birthday 1907-05-26

Day of Death 1979-06-11

Place of Birth Winterset, Iowa, USA

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Also Known As

  • Duke
  • The Duke

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 John Wayne on Film as Himself
2013 John Ford & Monument Valley as Himself (archive footage)
2013 Talking Pictures(1 episode) as Himself - Archive footage
2009 John Wayne - Eine amerikanische Legende as Himself
2000 John Wayne - Ein Leben für den Film as Himself
1998 JOHN WAYNE - AMERICAN LEGEND as Himself
1997 The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
1993 La classe américaine as George Abitbol (Archive Footage)
1993 Young Duke: Making Of A Movie Star as Himself
1993 The John Wayne Story - The Later Years as Himself
1991 Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire as Himself (archive footage)
1990 John Wayne: American Hero Of The Movies
1977 That's Action as self
1976 The Shootist as John Bernard Books
1976 Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch as Jerry Mason
1976 Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend as Himself/Narrator
1975 Rooster Cogburn as Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as Himself
1975 Brannigan as Lt. Jim Brannigan
1974 McQ as Det. Lt. Lon McQ
1973 Cahill U.S. Marshal as J.D. Cahill
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ...(2 episodes)
1973 The Train Robbers as Lane
1972 Cancel My Reservation as Himself (uncredited)
1972 The Cowboys as Wil Andersen
1971 The American West of John Ford as Himself
1971 Directed by John Ford as Himself (uncredited)
1971 Big Jake as Jacob McCandles
1971 V.I.P. Schaukel(2 episodes)
1970 Chisum as John Simpson Chisum
1970 Raquel! as Himself
1970 Rio Lobo as Colonel Cord McNally
1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land as Himself
1970 No Substitute for Victory as Himself
1969 The Undefeated as Colonel John Henry Thomas
1969 True Grit as Marshall Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn
1969 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour(2 episodes)
1968 Hellfighters as Chance Buckman
1968 The Green Berets as Colonel Mike Kirby
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In(14 episodes)
1967 The War Wagon as Taw Jackson
1967 Dateline: Hollywood(1 episode)
1966 El Dorado as Cole Thornton
1966 Cast a Giant Shadow as Gen. Mike Randolph
1965 The Sons of Katie Elder as John Elder
1965 In Harm's Way as Capt. Rockwell Torrey
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told as Centurion at crucifixion
1964 Circus World as Matt Masters
1964 The Odyssey of Rita Hayworth as Himself (archive footage)
1963 McLintock! as George Washington McLintock
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1963 Donovan's Reef as Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan
1962 How the West Was Won as Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
1962 The Civil War as William Tecumseh Sherman
1962 Flashing Spikes
1962 The Lucy Show(1 episode)
1962 The Beverly Hillbillies(1 episode)
1962 The Longest Day as Col. Benjamin Vandervoort
1962 Hatari! as Sean Mercer
1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as Tom Doniphon
1961 The Comancheros as Jake Cutter
1961 Alcoa Premiere(1 episode)
1960 North to Alaska as Sam McCord
1960 The Alamo as Col. Davy Crockett
1959 The Horse Soldiers as Col John Marlowe
1959 Rio Bravo as Sheriff John T. Chance (Grant)
1958 The Barbarian and the Geisha as Townsend Harris
1958 I Married a Woman as Leonard - Screen Husband (uncredited)
1957 Legend of the Lost as Joe January
1957 Jet Pilot as Col. Jim Shannon
1957 The Wings of Eagles as Frank W. 'Spig' Wead
1956 The Conqueror as Temujin, later Genghis Khan
1956 The Searchers as Ethan Edwards
1956 Cinépanorama(52 episodes)
1955 Screen Directors Playhouse: Rookie of the Year as Mike Cronin
1955 Screen Director's Playhouse(35 episodes) as Mike Cronin
1955 Blood Alley as Capt. Tom Wilder
1955 Casablanca(10 episodes)
1955 Gunsmoke(1 episode)
1955 The Sea Chase as Captain Karl Ehrlich
1954 Producers' Showcase(38 episodes)
1954 The High and the Mighty as Dan Roman
1953 Hondo as Hondo Lane
1953 Island in the Sky as Captain Dooley
1953 Trouble Along the Way as Stephen Aloysius Williams
1953 The Academy Awards(6 episodes)
1952 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1952 Big Jim McLain as Jim McLain
1952 The Quiet Man as Sean Thornton
1951 Flying Leathernecks as Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby
1951 I Love Lucy(1 episode)
1951 The Screen Director
1951 Operation Pacific as Lt Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford
1950 Dakota
1950 Rio Grande as Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour(2 episodes)
1949 Sands of Iwo Jima as Sgt John M Stryker
1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Capt. Nathan Cutting Brittles
1949 The Fighting Kentuckian as John Breen
1948 Wake of the Red Witch as Capt. Ralls
1948 3 Godfathers as Robert Marmaduke Hightower
1948 Red River as Thomas Dunson
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(3 episodes)
1948 Fort Apache as Capt. Kirby York
1947 Tycoon as Johnny Munroe
1947 Angel and the Badman as Quirt Evans
1946 Desert Command as Tom Wayne
1946 Without Reservations as Rusty Thomas
1945 Dakota as John Devlin
1945 They Were Expendable as Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan
1945 Back to Bataan as Colonel Joseph Madden
1945 Flame of Barbary Coast as Duke Fergus
1944 Tall in the Saddle as Rocklin
1944 Memo for Joe
1944 The Fighting Seabees as Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan
1943 War of the Wildcats as Daniel F Somers
1943 A Lady Takes a Chance as Duke Hudkins
1942 Reunion in France as Pat Talbot
1942 Pittsburgh as Charles 'Pittsburgh' Markham
1942 Flying Tigers as Jim Gordon
1942 In Old California as Tom Craig
1942 The Spoilers as Roy Glennister
1942 Reap the Wild Wind as Capt. Jack Stuart
1942 Lady for a Night as Jackson Morgan
1941 The Shepherd of the Hills as Young Matt
1941 Lady from Louisiana as John Reynolds
1941 A Man Betrayed as Lynn Hollister
1940 The Long Voyage Home as Ole Olsen
1940 Seven Sinners as Lieutenant Dan Brent
1940 Three Faces West as John Phillips
1940 Dark Command as Bob Seton
1939 Allegheny Uprising as Jim Smith
1939 New Frontier as Stony Brooke
1939 Wyoming Outlaw as Stony Brooke
1939 Three Texas Steers as Stony Brooke
1939 The Night Riders as Stony Brooke
1939 Stagecoach as The Ringo Kid
1938 Red River Range as Stony Brooke
1938 Santa Fe Stampede as Stony Brooke
1938 Overland Stage Raiders as Stony Brooke
1938 Pals of the Saddle as Stony Brooke
1937 Born to the West as Dare Rudd
1937 Adventure's End as Duke Slade
1937 Idol of the Crowds as Johnny Hanson
1937 I Cover the War as Bob Adams
1937 California Straight Ahead as Biff Smith
1936 Conflict as Pat Glendon
1936 Sea Spoilers as Bob Randall
1936 Winds of the Wasteland as John Blair
1936 The Lonely Trail as Captain John Ashley
1936 King of the Pecos as John Clayborn
1936 The Lawless Nineties as John Tipton
1936 The Oregon Trail as Capt John Delmont
1935 Der einsame Rächer
1935 Lawless Range as John Middleton
1935 The New Frontier as John
1935 Texas Terror as John Higgins
1935 Westward Ho as John Wyatt
1935 Paradise Canyon as John Wyatt
1935 The Dawn Rider as John Mason
1935 The Desert Trail as John Scott / John Jones
1935 Rainbow Valley as John Martin
1934 'Neath the Arizona Skies as Chris Morrell
1934 The Lawless Frontier as John Tobin
1934 The Trail Beyond as Rod Drew
1934 The Star Packer as U.S. Marshal John Travers
1934 Randy Rides Alone as Randy Bowers
1934 The Man From Utah as John Weston
1934 Blue Steel as John Carruthers
1934 West of the Divide as Ted Hayden aka Gat Ganns
1934 The Lucky Texan as Jerry Mason
1933 Sagebrush Trail as John Brant
1933 College Coach as Student Greeting Phil (uncredited)
1933 Riders of Destiny as Singin' Sandy Saunders
1933 The Man from Monterey as Captain John Holmes
1933 Baby Face as Jimmy McCoy Jr.
1933 His Private Secretary as Dick Wallace
1933 The Life of Jimmy Dolan as Smith
1933 Somewhere in Sonora as John Bishop
1933 Central Airport as Co-Pilot in Wreck (uncredited)
1933 The Three Musketeers as Lt. Tom Wayne
1933 The Telegraph Trail as John Trent
1932 Haunted Gold as John Mason
1932 The Big Stampede as Deputy Sheriff John Steele
1932 Ride Him, Cowboy as John Drury
1932 The Hurricane Express as The Air Pilot
1932 Lady and Gent as Buzz Kinney
1932 Two-Fisted Law as Duke
1932 Texas Cyclone as Steve Pickett
1932 The Shadow of the Eagle as Craig McCoy
1932 An Innocent Man as John Brant
1931 The Range Feud as Clint Turner
1931 Maker of Men as Dusty Rhodes
1931 Arizona as Lt. Bob Denton
1931 Girls Demand Excitement as Peter Brooks
1930 The Big Trail as Breck Coleman
1930 Cheer Up and Smile as Roy
1930 Rough Romance as Lumberjack
1930 Born Reckless as Extra (uncredited)
1930 Men Without Women as Radioman on Surface (uncredited)
1929 Salute as Midshipman Bill
1929 Words and Music as Pete Donahue
1929 Noah's Ark as Flood Extra (uncredited)
1929 The Black Watch as 42nd Highlander (uncredited)
1928 A Home Made Man as Man on Stool
1928 Hangman's House as Horse Race Spectator / Condemned Man in Flashback
1928 Four Sons as Officer (uncredited)
1928 Mother Machree as Extra (uncredited)
1927 The Drop Kick as Football Player / Extra in Stands
1927 Annie Laurie as Extra (uncredited)
1927 The Draw-Back as Opposing Football Player
1926 The Great K&A Train Robbery as Extra (uncredited)
1926 Bardelys the Magnificent as Guard
1926 Brown of Harvard as Yale Football Player (uncredited)

Production

1973 The Train RobbersExecutive Producer
1971 Big JakeExecutive Producer
1960 The AlamoProducer
1956 Seven Men from NowProducer
1956 Good-bye, My LadyProducer
1955 Blood AlleyProducer
1954 Track of the CatProducer
1954 The High and the MightyProducer
1953 HondoProducer
1953 Island in the SkyProducer
1951 Bullfighter and the LadyProducer
1950 The Dangerous StrangerProducer
1949 The Fighting KentuckianProducer
1947 Angel and the BadmanProducer

Directing

1968 The Green BeretsDirector
1961 The ComancherosDirector
1960 The AlamoDirector

Crew

1928 Four SonsProperty Master
1928 Mother MachreeProperty Master

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