John WayneOscar Winner
John was born under the official name Morrison, Marion Robert on May 26th, 1907. He died on June 11th, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA (lung & stomach cancer). Known to his close friends as Duke, he has been a credited actor since the 1930 film The Big Trail.
John Wayne was among a small handful of elite super star actors with global appeal. He has starred in twenty-three films including the 1972 adventure film The Cowboys as the character Wil Andersen, the 1970 adventure movie Rio Lobo playing Col. Cord McNally and the 1968 drama release The Green Berets cast as Col. Mike Kirby.
John was a dependable supporting cast member. He has appeared in four films including: the 1962 western film How the West Was Won as the character Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, the 1946 comedy movie Without Reservations playing Rusty and the 1942 action release Reap the Wild Wind cast as Captain Jack Stuart.
John Wayne has earned salaries up to $1,000,000 for his acting and also participates in back end. His most commercially successful project to date has been the 1968 drama film The Green Berets, which brought in $22,000,000 at the box office.
John Wayne has directed on numerous occassions including: Blood Alley (1955), The Alamo (1960) and The Green Berets (1968). In 1955 John Wayne produced his first movie, the action film Blood Alley. Since then he went on to produce the adventure film The Alamo in 1960.
John is a cultural icon, having been featured on the cover of at least twelve magazines, captured in more than seven pictorials, interviewed in over two publications and featured in thirty magazine articles. He has been the subject of at least forty-eight books. He has been the subject of at least eleven biographical films.
As an actor John Wayne has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences on one occasion. He won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 movie True Grit.