John Wayne’s film career spanned a magnificent 50 years and 2006 marks the 80th anniversary of his screen debut. From that uncredited debut as a Yale football player in Brown of Harvard* to his final appearance in The Shootist, Wayne thrilled audiences the world over.
Born Marion Robert Morrison and nicknamed The Duke, John Wayne starred in over 170** films and is ultimately remembered for his classic Westerns. These included The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man (famously shot on location in Eire), Rio Grande, Fort Apache, The Alamo, The Shootist and True Grit, for which he won his only Oscar in 1969.
Upon his death in 1979, President Reagan commented ‘he gave the whole world the image of what an American should be.’ He, however, wanted to be remembered as ‘Feo, Fuerte y Formal’, ugly, strong and dignified.
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