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John Wayne

Highest Rated:   100% El Dorado (1967)
Lowest Rated:   14% Hellfighters (1968)
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Birthplace:   Winterset, Iowa, USA
Arguably the most popular -- and certainly the busiest -- movie leading man in Hollywood history, John Wayne entered the film business while working as a laborer on the Fox lot during summer vacations from U.S.C., which he attended on a football scholarship. He met and was befriended by John Ford, a young director who was beginning to make a name for himself in action films, comedies, and dramas. Wayne was cast in small roles in Ford's late-'20s films, occasionally under the name Duke Morrison. It was Ford who recommended Wayne to director Raoul Walsh for the male lead in the 1930 epic Western The Big Trail, and, although it was a failure at the box office, the movie showed Wayne's potential as a leading man. During the next nine years, be busied himself in a multitude of B-Westerns and serials -- most notably Shadow of the Eagle and The Three Mesquiteers series -- in between occasional bit parts in larger features such as Warner Bros.' Baby Face, starring Barbara Stanwyck. But it was in action roles that Wayne excelled, exuding a warm and imposing manliness onscreen to which both men and women could respond. In 1939, Ford cast Wayne as the Ringo Kid in the adventure Stagecoach, a brilliant Western of modest scale but tremendous power (and incalculable importance to the genre), and the actor finally showed what he could do. Wayne nearly stole a picture filled with Oscar-caliber performances, and his career was made. He starred in most of Ford's subsequent major films, whether Westerns (Fort Apache [1948], She Wore a Yellow Ribbon [1949], Rio Grande [1950], The Searchers [1956]); war pictures (They Were Expendable [1945]); or serious dramas (The Quiet Man [1952], in which Wayne also directed some of the action sequences). He also starred in numerous movies for other directors, including several extremely popular World War II thrillers (Flying Tigers [1942], Back to Bataan [1945], Fighting Seabees [1944], Sands of Iwo Jima [1949]); costume action films (Reap the Wild Wind [1942], Wake of the Red Witch [1949]); and Westerns (Red River [1948]). His box-office popularity rose steadily through the 1940s, and by the beginning of the 1950s he'd also begun producing movies through his company Wayne-Fellowes, later Batjac, in association with his sons Michael and Patrick (who also became an actor). Most of these films were extremely successful, and included such titles as Angel and the Badman (1947), Island in the Sky (1953), The High and the Mighty (1954), and Hondo (1953). The 1958 Western Rio Bravo, directed by Howard Hawks, proved so popular that it was remade by Hawks and Wayne twice, once as El Dorado and later as Rio Lobo. At the end of the 1950s, Wayne began taking on bigger films, most notably The Alamo (1960), which he produced and directed, as well as starred in. It was well received but had to be cut to sustain any box-office success (the film was restored to full length in 1992). During the early '60s, concerned over the growing liberal slant in American politics, Wayne emerged as a spokesman for conservative causes, especially support for America's role in Vietnam, which put him at odds with a new generation of journalists and film critics. Coupled with his advancing age, and a seeming tendency to overact, he became a target for liberals and leftists. However, his movies remained popular. McLintock!, which, despite well-articulated statements against racism and the mistreatment of Native Americans, and in support of environmentalism, seemed to confirm the left's worst fears, but also earned more than ten million dollars and made the list of top-grossing films of 1963-1964. Virtually all of his subsequent movies, including the pro-Vietnam War drama The Green Berets (1968), were very popular with audiences, but not with critics. Further controversy erupted with the release of The Cowboys, which outraged liberals with its seeming justification of violence as a solution to lawlessness, but it was successful enough to generate

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The First Rebel
  • Jim Smith
2015
No Score Yet TV Mania Too!
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Rona Barrett's Hollywood: Nothing but the Truth
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Amérique, notre histoire
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet No Substitute for Victory: From Vietnam to Iraq
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Stagecoach Race
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet John Wayne: An American Legend
  • Actor
2003
50% Rooster Cogburn
  • Rooster Cogburn
1999
No Score Yet On Board With the Duke
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet The John Wayne Story: The Later Years
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet The John Wayne Story: The Early Years
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Young Duke
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet John Wayne: Bigger Than Life
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Family Day at the Movies
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Hollywood Home Movies
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Wild West
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Smoke That Cigarette
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Cowboys of the Saturday Matinee
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet John Wayne: The Duke Lives On
  • Actor
1984
93% The Shootist
  • John Bernard Books
1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies
  • Actor
1976
17% Brannigan
  • Lt. Brannigan
1975
50% McQ
  • McQ
1974
No Score Yet Cahill U.S. Marshal
  • J.D. Cahill
1973
20% The Train Robbers
  • Lane
1973
No Score Yet The Great American West of John Ford
  • Host
1973
No Score Yet Cancel My Reservation
  • Himself
1972
75% The Cowboys
  • Wil Andersen
1972
No Score Yet Directed by John Ford
  • Actor
1971
71% Rio Lobo
  • Col. Cord McNally
1971
No Score Yet Big Jake
  • Jacob McCandles
1971
83% Chisum
  • John Chisum
1970
No Score Yet Raquel!
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet This Little Bullet
  • Actor
1970
90% True Grit
  • Rooster Cogburn
1969
17% The Undefeated
  • Col. John Henry Thomas
1969
14% Hellfighters
  • Chance Buckman
1968
27% The Green Berets
  • Col. Mike Kirby
  • Director
  • Producer
1968
No Score Yet Hondo and the Apaches
  • Producer
1967
100% El Dorado
  • Cole Thornton
1967
83% The War Wagon
  • Taw Jackson
1967
No Score Yet Cast a Giant Shadow
  • Gen. Mike Randolph
1966
100% The Sons of Katie Elder
  • John Elder
1965
40% In Harm's Way
  • Capt. Rockwell Torrey
1965
37% The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Roman Centurion
1965
40% Circus World
  • Matt Masters
1964
60% McLintock!
  • George Washington McLintock
1963
100% How the West Was Won
  • General Sherman
1963
60% Donovan's Reef
  • Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan
1963
91% The Longest Day
  • Lt. Col. Vandervoort
1962
93% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • Tom Doniphon
1962
67% Hatari!
  • Sean Mercer
1962
No Score Yet Merv Griffin Show - 40 of the Most Interesting People of Our Time
  • Actor
1962
100% The Comancheros
  • Cutter
1961
43% North to Alaska
  • Sam McCord
1960
50% The Alamo
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Col. David Crockett
1960
100% Rio Bravo
  • Sheriff John T. Chance
1959
100% The Horse Soldiers
  • Col. John Marlowe
1959
No Score Yet China Doll
  • Executive Producer
1958
No Score Yet The Barbarian and the Geisha
  • Townsend Harris
1958
No Score Yet I Married a Woman
  • Leonard
1958
No Score Yet Legend of the Lost
  • Joe January
1957
No Score Yet The Wings of Eagles
  • Frank W. 'Spig' Wead
1957
60% Jet Pilot
  • Col. Jim Shannon
1957
No Score Yet Gun the Man Down
  • Producer
1956
No Score Yet Goodbye, My Lady
  • Producer
1956
100% The Searchers
  • Ethan Edwards
1956
No Score Yet The Conqueror
  • Temujin
1956
No Score Yet Blood Alley
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Capt. Tom Wilder
1955
No Score Yet The Sea Chase
  • Captain Karl Ehrlich
1955
25% The High and the Mighty
  • Dan Roman
  • Producer
1954
No Score Yet Track of the Cat
  • Producer
1954
No Score Yet Island in the Sky
  • Capt. Dooley
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet Plunder of the Sun
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet Trouble Along the Way
  • Steve Aloysius Williams
1953
86% Hondo
  • Producer
  • Hondo Lane
1953
No Score Yet Big Jim McLain
  • Jim McLain
  • Producer
1952
90% The Quiet Man
  • Sean Thornton
1952
86% Flying Leathernecks
  • Major Daniel Xavier Kirby
1951
No Score Yet The Bullfighter and the Lady
  • Producer
1951
No Score Yet Operation Pacific
  • Lt. Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford
1951
75% Rio Grande
  • Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke
1950
100% Sands of Iwo Jima
  • Sgt. John Stryker
1950
No Score Yet The Fighting Kentuckian
  • John Breen
  • Producer
1949
No Score Yet Wake of the Red Witch
  • Capt. Ralls
1949
94% She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
  • Capt. Nathan Brittles
1949
82% Three Godfathers
  • Robert Marmaduke Hightower
1948
100% Fort Apache
  • Capt. Kirby York
1948
100% Red River
  • Tom Dunson
1948
No Score Yet Tycoon
  • Johnny
1947
71% Angel and the Badman
  • Quirt Evans
  • Producer
1947
No Score Yet Without Reservations
  • Rusty Thomas
1946
No Score Yet Desert Command
  • Tom
1946
89% They Were Expendable
  • Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan
1945
No Score Yet Dakota
  • John Devlin
1945
No Score Yet Back to Bataan
  • Col. Joe Madden
1945
No Score Yet Flame of Barbary Coast
  • Duke Fergus
1945
No Score Yet Tall in the Saddle
  • Rocklin
1944
100% The Fighting Seabees
  • Wedge Donovan
1944
No Score Yet In Old Oklahoma (War of the Wildcats)
  • Dan Somers
1943
No Score Yet A Lady Takes a Chance
  • Duke Hudkins
1943
No Score Yet Reunion in France
  • Pat Talbot
1942
No Score Yet Pittsburgh
  • 'Pittsburgh' Markham
1942
No Score Yet In Old California
  • Tom Craig
1942
No Score Yet The Spoilers
  • Cherry Malotte
1942
No Score Yet Lady for a Night
  • Jackson Morgan
1942
63% Flying Tigers
  • Jim Gordon
1942
No Score Yet The Night Riders
  • Actor
1942
67% Reap the Wild Wind
  • Capt. Jack Stuart
1942
No Score Yet The Shepherd of the Hills
  • Young Matt
1941
No Score Yet Lady from Louisiana (Lady from New Orleans)
  • John Reynolds
1941
No Score Yet A Man Betrayed (Citadel of Crime) (Wheel of Fortune)
  • Lynn Hollister
1941
100% The Long Voyage Home
  • Olson
1940
No Score Yet Seven Sinners
  • Lt. Dan Brent
1940
No Score Yet Three Faces West
  • John Phillips
1940
No Score Yet The Dark Command
  • Bob Seton
1940
No Score Yet Allegheny Uprising
  • Jim Smith
1939
No Score Yet New Frontier (Frontier Horizon)
  • Stony Brooke
1939
No Score Yet Wyoming Outlaw
  • Stony Brooks
1939
No Score Yet Three Texas Steers
  • Stony Brooke
1939
100% Stagecoach
  • The Ringo Kid
1939
No Score Yet Red River Range
  • Stony Brooke
1938
No Score Yet Santa Fe Stampede
  • Stony Brooke
1938
No Score Yet Overland Stage Raiders
  • Stony Brooke
1938
No Score Yet Pals of the Saddle
  • Stony Brooke
1938
No Score Yet Hell Town
  • Dare Rudd
1937
No Score Yet Adventure's End
  • Duke Slade
1937
No Score Yet Idol of the Crowds
  • Johnny Hanson
1937
No Score Yet I Cover the War
  • Bob Adams
1937
No Score Yet California Straight Ahead!
  • Biff Smith
1937
No Score Yet Helltown
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Conflict
  • Pat Glendon
1936
No Score Yet Sea Spoilers
  • Bob Randall
1936
No Score Yet Stagecoach Run
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Winds of the Wasteland
  • John Blair
1936
No Score Yet The Lonely Trail
  • Capt. John Ashley
1936
No Score Yet King of the Pecos
  • John Clayborn
1936
No Score Yet The Lawless Nineties
  • John Tipton
1936
No Score Yet The Oregon Trail
  • Capt. John Delmont
1936
No Score Yet Lawless Range
  • John Middleton
1935
No Score Yet The New Frontier
  • John Dawson
1935
No Score Yet Westward Ho
  • John Wyatt
1935
No Score Yet Paradise Canyon
  • John Wyatt
1935
No Score Yet The Dawn Rider
  • John Mason
1935
No Score Yet Desert Trail
  • John Scott/John Jones
1935
No Score Yet Rainbow Valley
  • John Martin
1935
No Score Yet Texas Terror
  • John Higgins
1935
No Score Yet Guns Along the Trail
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet 'Neath Arizona Skies
  • Chris Morrell
1934
No Score Yet The Lawless Frontier
  • John Tobin
1934
No Score Yet The Trail Beyond
  • Rod Drew
1934
No Score Yet The Star Packer (He Wore a Star)
  • U.S. Marshal John Travers
1934
No Score Yet Randy Rides Alone
  • Randy Bowers
1934
No Score Yet The Man from Utah
  • John Weston
1934
No Score Yet Blue Steel
  • John Carruthers
1934
No Score Yet Lucky Texan
  • Jerry Mason
1934
No Score Yet West of the Divide
  • Ted Hayden
1934
No Score Yet Gold Strike Fever
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Stolen Goods
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Sagebrush Trail
  • John Brant
1933
No Score Yet College Coach (Football Coach )
  • Student Greeting Phil
1933
No Score Yet Riders of Destiny
  • Singin' Sandy Saunders
1933
No Score Yet The Man from Monterey
  • Capt. John Holmes
1933
100% Baby Face
  • Jimmy McCoy
1933
No Score Yet His Private Secretary
  • Dick Wallace
1933
No Score Yet Life of Jimmy Dolan
  • Smith
1933
No Score Yet Somewhere in Sonora
  • John Bishop
1933
No Score Yet Central Airport
  • Co-Pilot in Wreck (uncredited)
1933
No Score Yet The Three Musketeers
  • Tom Wayne
1933
No Score Yet The Telegraph Trail
  • John Trent
1933
No Score Yet Telegraph Trail
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Man From Monterey
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Haunted Gold
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Haunted Gold
  • John Mason
1932
No Score Yet That's My Boy
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet The Big Stampede
  • John Steele
1932
No Score Yet Ride Him, Cowboy
  • John Drury
1932
No Score Yet Hurricane Express
  • Larry Baker
1932
No Score Yet Lady and Gent (The Challenger)
  • Buzz Kinney
1932
No Score Yet Two-Fisted Law
  • Duke
1932
No Score Yet Texas Cyclone
  • Steve Pickett
1932
No Score Yet The Shadow of the Eagle
  • Craig McCoy
1932
No Score Yet Two Fisted Law
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Big Stampede
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Maker of Men (Yellow)
  • Dusty
1931
No Score Yet Girls Demand Excitement
  • Peter Brooks
1931
No Score Yet Range Feud
  • Clint Turner
1931
No Score Yet The Deceiver
  • Richard Thorpe as a corpse
1931
No Score Yet Arizona
  • Lt. Bob Denton
1931
No Score Yet Three Girls Lost
  • Gordon Wales
1931
No Score Yet Cheer Up and Smile
  • Actor
1930
No Score Yet Rough Romance
  • Lumberjack
1930
No Score Yet Men Without Women
  • Sailor
1930
100% The Big Trail
  • Breck Coleman
1930
No Score Yet Salute
  • Football Player
1929
No Score Yet Words and Music
  • Pete Donahue
1929
No Score Yet The Black Watch
  • Extra
1929
No Score Yet Speakeasy
  • Extra
1929
No Score Yet The Forward Pass
  • Extra
1929
No Score Yet Mother Machree
  • Extra
1928
57% Noah's Ark
  • Extra
1928
No Score Yet Hangman's House
  • Spectator at Horse Race
1928
No Score Yet Four Sons
  • Extra
1928
No Score Yet The Dropkick
  • USC Football Player
1927
No Score Yet Annie Laurie
  • Extra
1927
No Score Yet Bardelys the Magnificent
  • Guard
1926
No Score Yet Brown of Harvard
  • Football player (uncredited)
1926
No Score Yet Great K & A Train Robbery
  • Extra
1926

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
  • Himself
  • 1955

Quotes from John Wayne's Characters