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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, Ulster-Scots, 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 »

Known For

The Searchers
The Searchers Ethan Edwards
(1956)
Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo Sheriff John T. Chance
(1959)
True Grit
True Grit Rooster Cogburn
(1969)

Filmography

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 1976 The Shootist
J.B. Books
 1975 Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn
 1975 Brannigan
Lt. Brannigan
 1974 McQ
McQ
 1973 Cahill U.S. Marshal
J. D. Cahill
 1973 The Train Robbers
Lane
 1972 Cancel My Reservation
John Wayne (uncredited)
 1972 The Cowboys
Wil Andersen
 1971 Big Jake
Jacob McCandles
 1970 Rio Lobo
Col. Cord McNally
 1970 Chisum
John Chisum
 1969 The Undefeated
Col. John Henry Thomas
 1969 True Grit
Rooster Cogburn
 1968 Hellfighters
Chance Buckman
 1968 The Green Berets
Col. Mike Kirby
 1967 El Dorado
Cole Thornton
 1967 The War Wagon
Taw Jackson
 1967 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
John Wayne
- The Indians Are Coming (1967) ... John Wayne (uncredited)
 1966 Cast a Giant Shadow
Gen. Mike Randolph
 1965 The Sons of Katie Elder
John Elder
 1965 In Harm's Way
Rock
 1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
Centurion at Crucifixion
 1964 Circus World
Matt Masters
 1963 McLintock!
George Washington 'G.W.' McLintock
 1963 Donovan's Reef
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan
 1962 How the West Was Won
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Marine Sergeant
- Flashing Spikes (1962) ... Marine Sergeant (as Marion Morrison)
 1962 The Longest Day
Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort
 1962 Hatari!
Sean Mercer
 1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Tom Doniphon
 1961 The Comancheros
Capt. Jake Cutter
 1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
- The Colter Craven Story (1960) ... Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman (as Michael Morris)
 1960 North to Alaska
Sam McCord
 1960 The Alamo
Col. Davy Crockett
 1959 The Horse Soldiers
Col. John Marlowe
 1959 Rio Bravo
Sheriff John T. Chance
 1958 The Barbarian and the Geisha
Townsend Harris
 1958 I Married a Woman
Leonard - Screen Husband (uncredited)
 1957 Legend of the Lost
Joe January
 1957 Jet Pilot
Col. Jim Shannon
 1957 The Wings of Eagles
Frank W. 'Spig' Wead
 1956 The Searchers
Ethan Edwards
 1956 The Conqueror
Temujin, later Genghis Khan
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Mike Cronin
- Rookie of the Year (1955) ... Mike Cronin
 1955 Blood Alley
Capt. Tom Wilder
 1955 The Sea Chase
Capt. Karl Ehrlich
 1954 The High and the Mighty
Dan Roman
 1953 Hondo
Hondo Lane
 1953 Island in the Sky
Capt. Dooley
 1953 Trouble Along the Way
Steve Aloysius Williams
 1952 Big Jim McLain
Jim McLain
 1952 The Quiet Man
Sean Thornton
 1951 Flying Leathernecks
Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby
 1951 Operation Pacific
Lt Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford
 1950 Rio Grande
Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke
 1949 Sands of Iwo Jima
Sgt. John M. Stryker
 1949 The Fighting Kentuckian
John Breen
 1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Capt. Nathan Cutting Brittles
 1948 Wake of the Red Witch
Capt. Ralls
 1948 3 Godfathers
Robert Marmaduke Sangster Hightower
 1948 Red River
Thomas Dunson
 1948 Fort Apache
Capt. Kirby York
 1947 Tycoon
Johnny
 1947 Angel and the Badman
Quirt Evans
 1946 Without Reservations
Rusty
 1945 They Were Expendable
Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan
 1945 Dakota
John Devlin
 1945 Back to Bataan
Col. Joseph Madden
 1945 Flame of Barbary Coast
Duke Fergus
 1944 Tall in the Saddle
Rocklin
 1944 The Fighting Seabees
Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan
 1943 In Old Oklahoma
Daniel F. Somers
 1943 A Lady Takes a Chance
Duke Hudkins
 1942 Reunion in France
Pat Talbot
 1942 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Markham
 1942 Flying Tigers
Capt. Jim Gordon
 1942 In Old California
Tom Craig
 1942 The Spoilers
Roy Glennister
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Captain Jack Stuart
 1942 Lady for a Night
Jackson Morgan
 1941 The Shepherd of the Hills
Young Matt Matthews
 1941 Lady from Louisiana
John Reynolds
 1941 A Man Betrayed
Lynn Hollister
 1940 Seven Sinners
Dan
 1940 The Long Voyage Home
Olsen
 1940 Three Faces West
John Phillips
 1940 Dark Command
Bob Seton
 1939 Allegheny Uprising
Jim Smith
 1939 New Frontier
Stony Brooke
 1939 Wyoming Outlaw
Stony Brooke
 1939 Three Texas Steers
Stony Brooke
 1939 The Night Riders
Stony Brooke
 1939 Stagecoach
Ringo Kid
 1938 Red River Range
Stony Brooke
 1938 Santa Fe Stampede
Stony Brooke
 1938 Overland Stage Raiders
Stony Brooke
 1938 Pals of the Saddle
Stony Brooke
 1937 Born to the West
Dare Rudd
 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 Conflict
Pat Glendon
 1936 Sea Spoilers
Bob Randall
 1936 Winds of the Wasteland
John Blair
 1936 The Lonely Trail
Capt. John Ashley
 1936 King of the Pecos
John Clayborn
 1936 The Lawless Nineties
John Tipton
 1936 The Oregon Trail
Capt John Delmont
 1935 Lawless Range
John Middleton
 1935 The New Frontier
John Dawson
 1935 Westward Ho
John Wyatt
 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 Rainbow Valley
John Martin
 1935 Texas Terror
John Higgins
 1934 'Neath the Arizona Skies
Chris Morrell
 1934 The Lawless Frontier
John Tobin
 1934 The Trail Beyond
Rod Drew
 1934 The Star Packer
John Travers
 1934 Randy Rides Alone
Randy Bowers
 1934 The Man from Utah
John Weston
 1934 Blue Steel
John Beaumont posing as John Carruthers
 1934 West of the Divide
Ted Hayden posing as Gat Ganns
 1934 The Lucky Texan
Jerry Mason
 1933 Sagebrush Trail
John Brant - aka Smith
 1933 College Coach
Student Greeting Phil (uncredited)
 1933 Riders of Destiny
Singin' Sandy Saunders
 1933 The Man from Monterey
Capt. John Holmes
 1933 Baby Face
Jimmy McCoy Jr.
 1933 His Private Secretary
Dick Wallace
 1933 Somewhere in Sonora
John Bishop
 1933 Central Airport
Co-Pilot in Wreck (uncredited)
 1933 The Three Musketeers
Tom Wayne
 1933 The Telegraph Trail
John Trent
 1932 Haunted Gold
John Mason
 1932 The Big Stampede
John Steele
 1932 That's My Boy
Football Player (uncredited)
 1932 Ride Him, Cowboy
John Drury
 1932 The Hurricane Express
Larry Baker
 1932 Lady and Gent
Buzz Kinney
 1932 Two-Fisted Law
Duke
 1932 Texas Cyclone
Steve Pickett
 1932 The Shadow of the Eagle
Craig McCoy
 1932 Running Hollywood (Short)
Emcee
 1931 Maker of Men
Dusty Rhodes
 1931 The Range Feud
Clint Turner
 1931 The Deceiver
Richard Thorpe as a corpse
 1931 Arizona
Lt. Bob Denton
 1931 Three Girls Lost
Gordon Wales
 1931 Girls Demand Excitement
Peter Brooks
 1930 The Big Trail
Breck Coleman
 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)
Show Show Producer (25 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (13 credits)
Show Show Art department (7 credits)
Show Show Director (5 credits)
Show Show Costume and Wardrobe Department (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (3 credits)
Show Show Self (112 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (153 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1940s) Radio: Produced / starred in a series called "Three Sheets to the Wind", about an alcoholic detective. See more »

Publicity Listings:

11 Biographical Movies | 46 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 34 Articles | 7 Pictorials | 13 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:


Alternate Names:

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

Height:

6' 4½" (1.94 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

The guy you see on the screen really isn't me. I'm Duke Morrison and I never was and never will be a film personality like John Wayne. I know him well. I'm one of his closest students. I have to be. I make a living out of him. See more »

Trivia:

He had intended to make a trilogy of films featuring the character Rooster Cogburn, but the third film was canceled after Rooster Cogburn (1975) proved to be only a moderate hit at the box office. The third film was intended to be called "Sometime". See more »

Trademark:

His movies frequently reflected his conservative values See more »

Nickname:

JW See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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