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Marion Michael Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor, director, producer and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. He was among the top box office draws for three decades famous for his roles in Western Films. Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa but grew up in Southern California. He lost a football scholarship to the University of Southern California as a result of a bodysurfing accident, and began working for the Fox Film Corporation. He appeared mostly in small parts, but his first leading role came in Raoul Walsh's Western The Big Trail (1930), an early widescreen film epic which was a box-office failure. Leading roles followed in numerous B movies during the 1930s, most of them also Westerns, without becoming a major name. It was John Ford's Stagecoach (1939) that made him a mainstream star, and he starred in 142 motion pictures altogether. According to one biographer, "John Wayne personified for millions the nation's frontier heritage."Wayne's other roles in Westerns include a cattleman driving his herd on the Chisholm Trail in Red River (1948), a Civil War veteran whose niece is abducted by a tribe of Comanches in The Searchers (1956), a troubled rancher competing with a lawyer (James Stewart) for a woman's hand in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), and a cantankerous one-eyed marshal in True Grit (1969), for which he received the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also remembered for his roles in The Quiet Man (1952), Rio Bravo (1959) with Dean Martin, 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 made his last public appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony on April 9, 1979.

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McQ (1974)Rate it:
Cahill (1973)Rate it:
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The Cowboys (1972)Rate it:
Big Jake (1971)Rate it:
Rio Lobo (1970)Rate it:
Chisum (1970)Rate it:
True Grit (1969)Rate it:
The Undefeated (1969)Rate it:
Hellfighters (1968)Rate it:
The Green Berets (1968)Rate it:
The War Wagon (1967)Rate it:
El Dorado (1967)Rate it:
In Harm's Way (1965)Rate it:
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)Rate it:
Circus World (1964)Rate it:
Donovan's Reef (1963)Rate it:
McLintock! (1963)Rate it:
Hatari! (1962)Rate it:
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)Rate it:
The Comancheros (1961)Rate it:
North to Alaska (1960)Rate it:
The Alamo (1960)Rate it:
The Horse Soldiers (1959)Rate it:
Rio Bravo (1959)Rate it:
The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)Rate it:
The Wings of Eagles (1957)Rate it:
Jet Pilot (1957)Rate it:
Legend of the Lost (1957)Rate it:
The Searchers (1956)Rate it:
The Conqueror (1956)Rate it:
Blood Alley (1955)Rate it:
The Sea Chase (1955)Rate it:
The High and the Mighty (1954)Rate it:
Island in the Sky (1953)Rate it:
Hondo (1953)Rate it:
Trouble Along the Way (1953)Rate it:
The Quiet Man (1952)Rate it:
Big Jim McLain (1952)Rate it:
Operation Pacific (1951)Rate it:
Flying Leathernecks (1951)Rate it:
Rio Grande (1950)Rate it:
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)Rate it:
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)Rate it:
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)Rate it:
3 Godfathers (1948)Rate it:
Red River (1948)Rate it:
Fort Apache (1948)Rate it:
Angel and the Badman (1947)Rate it:
Without Reservations (1946)Rate it:
Dakota (1945)Rate it:
Back to Bataan (1945)Rate it:
They Were Expendable (1945)Rate it:
Tall in the Saddle (1944)Rate it:
The Fighting Seabees (1944)Rate it:
A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)Rate it:
In Old Oklahoma (1943)Rate it:
The Spoilers (1942)Rate it:
Flying Tigers (1942)Rate it:
Pittsburgh (1942)Rate it:
Reap the Wild Wind (1942)Rate it:
Reunion in France (1942)Rate it:
A Man Betrayed (1941)Rate it:
The Shepherd of the Hills (1941)Rate it:
The Long Voyage Home (1940)Rate it:
Dark Command (1940)Rate it:
Seven Sinners (1940)Rate it:
Allegheny Uprising (1939)Rate it:
Stagecoach (1939)Rate it:
Westward Ho (1935)Rate it:
The Trail Beyond (1934)Rate it:
The Man from Utah (1934)Rate it:
West of the Divide (1934)Rate it:
Haunted Gold (1932)Rate it:
The Big Stampede (1932)Rate it:
Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)Rate it:
The Big Trail (1930)Rate it:

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