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John Wayne (I) (1907–1979)

John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Scots-Irish, and Irish ancestry. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert. Until ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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 1974 Maude (TV Series)
- Maude Meets the Duke (1974) ... Duke
 1974 McQ
 1967 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
John Wayne
- The Indians Are Coming (1967) ... John Wayne (uncredited)
 1966 Magic Mansion (TV Series)
John Wayne
 1964 Circus World
Matt Masters
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Marine Sergeant
- Flashing Spikes (1962) ... Marine Sergeant (as Marion Morrison)
 1958 I Married a Woman
Leonard - Screen Husband (uncredited)
 1953 Hondo
Hondo Lane
 1952 Miracle in Motion (Short)
 1947 Tycoon
 1945 They Were Expendable
Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan
 1943 In Old Oklahoma
Daniel F. Somers
 1942 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Markham
 1942 In Old California
Tom Craig
 1942 Lady for a Night
Jackson Morgan
 1941 Lady from Louisiana
John Reynolds
 1939 Allegheny Uprising
Jim Smith
 1937 Adventure's End
Duke Slade
 1937 Idol of the Crowds
Johnny Hanson
 1937 I Cover the War!
Bob Adams
 1937 California Straight Ahead!
Biff Smith
 1936 Sea Spoilers
Bob Randall
 1936 Winds of the Wasteland
John Blair
 1936 The Lonely Trail
Captain John Ashley
 1936 King of the Pecos
John Clayborn
 1936 The Lawless Nineties
John Tipton
 1936 The Oregon Trail
Capt John Delmont
 1935 Paradise Canyon
John Wyatt posing as John Rogers
 1935 The Dawn Rider
John Mason
 1935 The Desert Trail
John Scott posing as John Jones
 1935 Texas Terror
John Higgins
 1934 The Lawless Frontier
John Tobin
 1934 The Trail Beyond
Rod Drew
 1934 The Star Packer
John Travers
 1934 West of the Divide
Ted Hayden posing as Gat Ganns
 1934 The Lucky Texan
Jerry Mason
 1933 College Coach
Student Greeting Phil (uncredited)
 1933 Baby Face
Jimmy McCoy Jr.
 1933 His Private Secretary
Dick Wallace
 1933 Central Airport
Co-Pilot in Wreck (uncredited)
 1933 The Three Musketeers
Lt. Tom Wayne
 1932 Haunted Gold
John Mason
 1932 That's My Boy
Football Player (uncredited)
 1932 The Hollywood Handicap (Short)
 1932 Lady and Gent
Buzz Kinney
 1932 Two-Fisted Law
 1932 Texas Cyclone
Steve Pickett
 1932 The Shadow of the Eagle
Craig McCoy
 1932 Running Hollywood (Short)
 1931 Maker of Men
Dusty Rhodes
 1931 The Range Feud
Clint Turner
 1931 Arizona
Lt. Bob Denton
 1931 Three Girls Lost
Gordon Wales
 1930 Cheer Up and Smile
Roy (uncredited)
 1930 Rough Romance
Lumberjack (uncredited)
 1930 Born Reckless
Extra (uncredited)
 1930 Men Without Women
Radioman on Surface (uncredited)
 1929 The Forward Pass
Extra (uncredited)
 1929 Salute
Midshipman Bill (uncredited)
 1929 Words and Music
Pete Donahue (as Duke Morrison)
 1929 The Black Watch
42nd Highlander (uncredited)
 1929 Speakeasy
Extra (uncredited)
 1928 Noah's Ark
Flood Extra (uncredited)
 1928 Hangman's House
Horse Race Spectator / Condemned Man in Flashback (uncredited)
 1928 Four Sons
Officer (uncredited)
 1928 Mother Machree
Extra (uncredited)
 1927 Seeing Stars (Short)
Tall Boy (uncredited)
 1927 The Drop Kick
Football Player / Extra in Stands (uncredited)
 1927 Annie Laurie
Extra (uncredited)
 1927 The Draw-Back (Short)
Opposing Football Player (uncredited)
 1926 The Great K & A Train Robbery
Extra (uncredited)
 1926 Bardelys the Magnificent
Guard (uncredited)
 1926 Brown of Harvard
Yale Football Player (uncredited)
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Other Works:

TV commercial: Camel cigarettes. NOTE: Shot on the set of his film Big Jim McLain (1952). See more »

Publicity Listings:

11 Biographical Movies | 46 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 32 Articles | 7 Pictorials | 12 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Michael Morris | Duke Morrison | Marion Michael Morrison | Marion Morrison


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Personal Quote:

[on presenting the Best Picture Oscar in 1979] Oscar and I have something in common. Oscar first came to the Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We're both a little weatherbeaten, but we're still here and plan to be around for a whole lot longer. See more »


Shortly before he began filming Legend of the Lost (1957) Wayne was devastated when the US government sided with the Soviet Union during the Suez Crisis, and took no action in response to the Soviet invasion of Hungary. Wayne believed Richard Nixon learned from the mistakes of November 1956 to correctly handle the Yom Kippur War in 1973. See more »


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