John Wayne

John Wayne

Highest Rated: 100% Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

Lowest Rated: 14% Hellfighters (1968)

Birthday: May 26, 1907

Birthplace: Winterset, Iowa, USA

John Wayne, one of the greatest stars of all time, was an icon of both Western films in particular and of American cinema in general. Born Marion Michael Morrison on May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa, he played football for USC and held several behind-the-scenes jobs at Fox before moving in front of the cameras in the late 1920s in a series of bit roles. Director John Ford, who had befriended "Duke" Wayne, recommended him for the lead in Raoul Walsh's 1930 western epic, "The Big Trail." He also appeared in a number of lower-budget movies during this time, though his aura of easygoing authority and physical presence shone even in these lesser-known projects. In 1939, Ford cast Wayne as the Ringo Kid in "Stagecoach." The role propelled Wayne into the top ranks of box-office stars and during the 1940s his legend began to take shape. But it was the movies he made at the end of the decade that established him as an actor of merit as well as a star of tremendous stature, as seen in such projects as Howard Hawks' "Red River" (1948). Two other John Ford films from the period gave Wayne the opportunity for great depth--"Fort Apache" (1948) and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" (1949)--the latter a particularly moving portrait of a man and an era reaching a turning point. Other major films included "Rio Bravo" (1959) for Hawks, and "The Searchers" (1956) and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962) for Ford. Wayne won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in "True Grit" (1969), but one of his greatest roles was still to follow - a role that also ended up being his last. In "The Shootist" (1976) he played a dying gunman who is just beginning to understand his own life and legend. It was the perfect elegy for Wayne, who was himself dying of cancer, and a role which he invested with a touching simplicity and directness--the hallmarks of both his acting career and personal popularity. John Wayne died on June 11, 1979, in Los Angeles.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet That's Action! Unknown (Character) - 1977
86% 88% The Shootist John Bernard Books (Character) - 1976
20% 40% Brannigan Lt. Brannigan (Character) - 1975
44% 70% Rooster Cogburn Rooster Cogburn (Character) - 1975
44% 57% McQ McQ (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 64% Cahill, United States Marshal J.D. Cahill (Character) - 1973
33% 58% The Train Robbers Lane (Character) - 1973
79% 88% The Cowboys Wil Andersen (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 29% Cancel My Reservation Himself (Character) - 1972
83% 85% Big Jake Jacob McCandles (Character) - 1971
83% 74% Chisum John Chisum (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Substitute for Victory Host - 1970
68% 72% Rio Lobo Col. Cord McNally (Character) - 1970
29% 65% The Undefeated Col. John Henry Thomas (Character) - 1969
89% 84% True Grit Rooster Cogburn (Character) - 1969
14% 75% Hellfighters Chance Buckman (Character) - 1968
23% 61% The Green Berets Col. Mike Kirby (Character),
Director
- 1968
90% 77% The War Wagon Taw Jackson (Character) - 1967
100% 87% El Dorado Cole Thornton (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hondo and the Apaches Producer - 1967
No Score Yet 49% Cast a Giant Shadow Gen. Mike Randolph (Character) - 1966
38% 81% In Harm's Way Capt. Rockwell Torrey (Character) - 1965
100% 81% The Sons of Katie Elder John Elder (Character) - 1965
41% 64% The Greatest Story Ever Told Centurion at crucifixion (Character) - 1965
40% 29% Circus World Matt Masters (Character) - 1964
55% 77% Donovan's Reef Michael Patrick "Guns" Donovan (Character) - 1963
67% 85% McLintock! George Washington McLintock (Character) - 1963
86% 74% How the West Was Won Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman (Character) - 1962
63% 77% Hatari! Sean Mercer (Character) - 1962
87% 90% The Longest Day Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort (Character) - 1962
94% 92% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Tom Doniphon (Character) - 1962
100% 75% The Comancheros Ranger Capt. Jake Cutter (Character) - 1961
52% 63% The Alamo Col. Davy Crockett (Character),
Director,
Producer
- 1960
50% 76% North to Alaska Sam McCord (Character) - 1960
91% 75% The Horse Soldiers Col. John Marlowe (Character) - 1959
100% 91% Rio Bravo Sheriff John T. Chance (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 41% The Barbarian and the Geisha Townsend Harris (Character) - 1958
60% 39% Jet Pilot Col. Jim Shannon (Character) - 1957
40% 57% The Wings of Eagles Frank W. "Spig" Wead (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 33% Legend of the Lost Joe January (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 10% The Conqueror Temujin/Genghis Khan (Character) - 1956
98% 88% The Searchers Ethan Edwards (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 30% Gun the Man Down Producer - 1956
No Score Yet 52% The Sea Chase Captain Karl Ehrlich (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 45% Blood Alley Capt. Tom Wilder (Character) - 1955
33% 59% The High and the Mighty Dan Roman (Character),
Producer
- 1954
No Score Yet 49% Track of the Cat Producer - 1954
No Score Yet 40% Ring of Fear Producer - 1954
80% 62% Island in the Sky Captain Dooley (Character) - 1953
86% 74% Hondo Hondo Lane (Character),
Producer
- 1953
No Score Yet 63% Trouble Along the Way Stephen Aloysius Williams (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 40% Big Jim McLain Jim McLain (Character) - 1952
91% 91% The Quiet Man Sean Thornton (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 52% Operation Pacific Lt Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford (Character) - 1951
75% 64% Flying Leathernecks Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby (Character) - 1951
77% 70% Rio Grande Lt. Col. Kirby York (Character) - 1950
100% 80% Sands of Iwo Jima Sgt. John M. Stryker (Character) - 1949
95% 80% She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Captain Nathan Cutting Brittles (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 63% The Fighting Kentuckian John Breen (Character),
Producer
- 1949
100% 83% Fort Apache Capt. Kirby York (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 49% Wake of the Red Witch Capt. Ralls (Character) - 1948
83% 78% 3 Godfathers Robert Marmaduke Hightower (Character) - 1948
100% 87% Red River Thomas Dunson (Character) - 1948
71% 67% Angel and the Badman Quirt Evans (Character),
Producer
- 1947
No Score Yet 34% Tycoon Johnny Munroe (Character) $107.1K 1947
No Score Yet 53% Without Reservations Rusty (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 36% Flame of Barbary Coast Duke Fergus (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 63% Back to Bataan Col. Joseph Madden (Character) - 1945
91% 73% They Were Expendable Lt. (j.g.) "Rusty" Ryan (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 43% Dakota John Devlin (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 72% Tall in the Saddle Rocklin (Character) - 1944
100% 73% The Fighting Seabees Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 52% In Old Oklahoma Daniel F. Somers (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet War of the Wildcats Daniel F. Somers (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 31% A Lady Takes a Chance Duke Hudkins (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cowboy and the Girl Duke Hudkins (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 47% Reunion in France Pat Talbot (Character) - 1942
67% 69% Flying Tigers Capt. Jim Gordon (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 44% Lady for a Night Jackson Morgan (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 49% The Spoilers Roy Glennister (Character) - 1942
80% 56% Reap the Wild Wind Captain Jack Stuart (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 45% In Old California Tom Craig (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 48% Pittsburgh Charles "Pittsburgh" Markham/Charles Ell (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 14% Lady From Louisiana John Reynolds (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 62% The Shepherd of the Hills Young Matt (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Betrayed Lynn Hollister (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 10% Wheel of Fortune Lynn Hollister (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 71% The Dark Command Bob Seton (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Refugee John Phillips (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 41% Seven Sinners Lt. Dan Brent (Character) - 1940
100% 70% The Long Voyage Home Olsen (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 33% Three Faces West John Phillips (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wyoming Outlaw Stony Brooke (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Texas Steers Stony Brooke (Character) - 1939
100% 86% Stagecoach The Ringo Kid aka Henry (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Riders Stony Brooke (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 39% Allegheny Uprising James Smith (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 38% Frontier Horizon Stony Brooke (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 12% Santa Fe Stampede Stony Brooke (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 48% Hell Town Dare Rudd (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 17% Overland Stage Raiders Stony Brooke (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Red River Range Stony Brooke (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 20% Pals of the Saddle Stony Brooke (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Cover the War Bob Adams (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventure's End Duke Slade (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Idol of the Crowds Johnny Hanson (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet California Straight Ahead Biff Smith (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sea Spoilers Bob Randall (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 40% The Lonely Trail Capt. John Ashely (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 43% King of the Pecos John Clayborn (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lawless Nineties John Tipton (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conflict Pat Glendon (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 37% Winds of the Wasteland John Blair (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oregon Trail Capt. John Delmont (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 35% Rainbow Valley John Martin (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 22% The Desert Trail John Scott/John Jones (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 17% The Lawless Frontier John Tobin (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 17% Westward Ho John Wyatt (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 20% Paradise Canyon John Wyatt/John Rogers (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 26% Texas Terror John Higgins (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 22% The Dawn Rider John Mason (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Frontier John (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 12% Lawless Range John Middleton (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 20% The Star Packer U.S. Marshal John Travers (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 35% West of the Divide Ted Hayden (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 47% The Trail Beyond Rod Drew (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 35% Blue Steel John Carruthers (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 26% 'Neath the Arizona Skies Chris Morrell (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 32% The Lucky Texan Jerry Mason (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 37% The Man From Utah John Weston (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 42% Randy Rides Alone Randy Bowers (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Central Airport Co-Pilot in Wreck (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 20% Somewhere in Sonora John Bishop (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 24% His Private Secretary Dick Wallace (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 17% The Life of Jimmy Dolan Smith (Character) - 1933
100% 81% Baby Face Jimmy McCoy Jr. (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 43% The Three Musketeers Lt. Tom Wayne (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 20% Telegraph Trail John Trent (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 17% The Man From Monterey Captain John Holmes (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 32% Riders of Destiny Singin' Sandy Saunders (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 41% Sagebrush Trail John Brant (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 30% Hurricane Express Larry Baker (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 12% Ride Him, Cowboy John Drury (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady and Gent Buzz Kinney (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two-Fisted Law Duke (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 36% Haunted Gold John Mason (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 20% Shadow of the Eagle Craig McCoy (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 27% The Big Stampede Deputy Sheriff John Steele (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 22% Texas Cyclone Steve Pickett (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 20% The Range Feud Clint Turner (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 80% Girls Demand Excitement Peter Brooks (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 40% Men Are Like That Lt. Bob Denton (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maker of Men Dusty Rhodes (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Girls Lost Gordon Wales (Character) - 1931
100% 70% The Big Trail Breck Coleman (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheer Up and Smile Roy (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rough Romance Unknown (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Drop Kick Football Player/Extra in Stands (Character) - 1927

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Forsaken Westerns Duke (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1971-1973 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Three Musketeers Lt. Tom Wayne (Character) 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet McHale's Navy Writer 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet 98% I Love Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke John Wayne (Guest Star) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lux Radio Theater Unknown (Character) 1951

QUOTES FROM John Wayne CHARACTERS

Tom Doniphon says: Liberty Valence is the toughest man south of the picket wire... next to me.

Col. David Crockett says: There's right or there's wrong. You gotta do one or the other.You do the one and you're living. You do the other and you may be walking around but you're dead as a beaver hat.

Col. John Henry Thomas says: She was a lady not a woman

Col. John Henry Thomas says: She was a lady not a woman.

Cole Thornton says: Cole Thornton: What about using a gun? Mississippi: Johnny didn't believe in using guns. Cole Thornton: He's dead. Think about that.

Cole Thornton says: What about using a gun?

Alan Bourdillon Trehearne (Mississippi) says: Johnny didn't believe in using guns.

Cole Thornton says: He's dead. Think about that.

John Bernard Books says: I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.

Wil Anderson says: well heres my word get the hell off my spread now

Wil Anderson says: Well, here's my word get the hell off my spread now.

Wil Anderson says: had my back broke once and my hip twice and on my worst day i get to beat the hell out of you

Wil Anderson says: Had my back broke once and my hip twice, and on my worst day I get to beat the hell out of you.

Wil Anderson says: You know, trail driving is not Sunday school picnic. You got to figure you're dealing with the dumbest oneriest critter on God's green earth. The cow is nothing but trouble tied up in a leather bag - and the horse ain't much better.

Cimarron says: They didn't even dig him a decent grave.

Wil Anderson says: Well, it's not how you're buried, it's how you're remembered.

Wil Anderson says: [repeated line] We're burnin' daylight.

George Washington McLintock says: [screaming at a homesteader] You've caused a lot of trouble this morning. Might have got somebody killed. Somebody oughta belt you in the mouth but I wont, I wont to hell I won't [knocks the man down a muddy hill]

Katherine McLintock says: [after walking out of her bedroom to find G.W. and Mrs. Warren at the bottom of the stairs] What's going on here?

George Washington McLintock says: [Intoxicated, with Mrs. Warren sitting on his lap] Now Katherine, are you going to believe what you see, or what I tell you?

George Washington McLintock says: Agard, if you knew anything about Indians, you'd know that they're doing their level best to put up with our so-called 'benevolent patronage' in spite of the nincompoops that've been put in charge of it!

George Washington McLintock says: [after falling down the stairs for a third time] Drago, I am sleeping in the den!

George Washington McLintock says: And I am *not* intoxicated... yet!

George Washington McLintock says: I've got a touch of hangover, bureaucrat. Don't push me.

Cole Thornton says: Did you get him?

Alan Bourdillon Trehearne (Mississippi) says: Who?

Cole Thornton says: The fella that ran outta the church!

Alan Bourdillon Trehearne (Mississippi) says: Well, yes and no.

Cole Thornton says: Yes and no? Did you or didn't you?

Alan Bourdillon Trehearne (Mississippi) says: I hit the sign, and the sign hit him.

Cole Thornton says: Well, that's great.

Alan Bourdillon Trehearne (Mississippi) says: He was limping when he left!

Cole Thornton says: He was limping when he got here!

Cole Thornton says: Next time you shoot somebody, don't go near 'em till you're... sure they're dead!

Sheriff J.B. Harrah says: What the hell are you doin' here?

Cole Thornton says: I'm lookin' at a tin star with a... drunk pinned on it.

Tom Dunson says: I never liked strangers, maybe it is because no stranger ever good newsed me. Groot

Tom Dunson says: I never liked strangers, maybe it is because no stranger ever good newsed me.

Lt. Col. Owen Thursday says: [steps on scale] What is this scale used for?

Capt. Kirby York says: Weigh government beef, sir.

Lt. Col. Owen Thursday says: [adjusts scale] Seems I've gained seventy pounds since I've been in Arizona.

Feathers says: Me, I just talk all the time.

Sheriff John T. Chance says: You most certainly do.

Rooster Cogburn says: fill your hand you son of a bitch

Rooster Cogburn says: Fill your hands, you son of a bitch!

Rooster Cogburn says: Are you alright, sister?

Ethan Edwards says: Rev., you went and got yourself surrounded.

Capt. Reverend Clayton says: We'll, I plan on getting myself unsurrounded!

Ethan Edwards says: "That'll be the day."

Ethan Edwards says: That'll be the day.

George Washington McLintock says: Don't say it's a fine morning or I'll shoot ya!

Drago says: Take it easy, boss, he's just a little excited, that's all.

George Washington McLintock says: I know, I know. I'm gonna use good judgement. I haven't lost my temper in forty years, but pilgrim you caused a lot of trouble this morning, might have got somebody killed... and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won't, I won't. The *hell* I won't!

Jacob McCandles says: You can call me Father, you can call me Jacob, you can call me Jake. You can call me a dirty son-of-a-bitch, but if you EVER call me Daddy again, I'll finish this fight.

Woman at Railroad Station says: Sir!... Sir!... Here's a good stick, to beat the lovely lady.

Sean Thornton says: [flicks the switch/stick] Thanks...

Station Master says: D'you see that road over there?

Sean Thornton says: Yes.

Station Master says: Well don't go that way, it'll take nowhere.

Jacob McCandles says: Not hardly

Jacob McCandles says: Not hardly.

Sean Mercer says: "Oh you'll move around alright!"

Sean Mercer says: Oh you'll move around alright!

Sean Mercer says: "Start out easy"

Sean Mercer says: Let's go, start out easy.

Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn says: If they wanted a decent burial they shouldn't had gotten themselves killed in winter.

Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn says: Them men wanted a decent burial, they should have got themselves killed in summer.

Larry Baker says: "Don't let the rails get rusty, Dad"

Larry Baker says: Don't let the rails get rusty, Dad.

Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn says: Fill your hands, you son-of-a-bitch!

Capt. Nathan Brittles says: Never apologize and never explain, it's a sign of weakness.

Ethan Edwards says: Let's go home, Debbie.

Col. Mike Kirby says: Out here, due process is a bullet.

Ethan Edwards says: That'll be the day.