John Wayne Facts

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Here are some quick facts about John Wayne!

John Wayne and Ben Johnson, in Chisum 1972

He was born Marion Robert Morrison but it was changed when his brother was born to Marion Michael Morrison

His nickname was-Duke

He was born May 26, 1907 Winterset, Iowa

His parents were Clyde Morrison & Mary Brown

His brother was Robert Morrison

His religion was Presbyterian but he converted to Roman Catholic

He was 6’4” and had brown hair and blue eyes

He went to school at Glendale High School, California and later attended the University of Southern California where he played football

There is much debate on which movie to credit as his first but most sources will agree that “Words and Music-1929” was his first on screen credit

The last movie he made was “The Shootist-1976”

He was nominated for 2 film awards (Sands of Iwo Jima and True Grit) but he finally won an Oscar for the part of Rooster Cogburn in “True Grit-1969”

He directed the movie “The Alamo” at a cost of $12,000,000 +

He is buried at the Pacific View Memorial Park, Newport Beach, California. He died on June 11,1979 at the age of 72.

His grave marker simply reads:

‘Feo, Fuerte y Formal” Spanish proverb meaning
“He was ugly,strong and had dignity”

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