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      John Wayne

      John Wayne

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

      Lowest Rated: 13% 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.

      Highest rated movies

      El Dorado poster
      El Dorado
      The Sons of Katie Elder poster
      The Sons of Katie Elder
      The Comancheros poster
      The Comancheros
      Sands of Iwo Jima poster
      Sands of Iwo Jima
      Red River poster Red River Fort Apache poster
      Fort Apache
      The Fighting Seabees poster
      The Fighting Seabees
      The Long Voyage Home poster
      The Long Voyage Home

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Movie Tough Guys Unknown (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Best Show in Town Unknown (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That's Action! Unknown (Character) - 1977
      83% 88% The Shootist John Bernard Books (Character) - 1976
      50% 69% Rooster Cogburn Rooster Cogburn (Character) - 1975
      18% 40% Brannigan Lt. Brannigan (Character) - 1975
      44% 57% McQ McQ (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 65% Cahill, United States Marshal J.D. Cahill (Character) - 1973
      33% 58% The Train Robbers Lane (Character) - 1973
      80% 88% The Cowboys Wil Andersen (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still Self - 1972
      No Score Yet 29% Cancel My Reservation Self - 1972
      71% 85% Big Jake Jacob McCandles (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Substitute for Victory Host - 1970
      83% 74% Chisum John Chisum (Character) - 1970
      70% 71% Rio Lobo Col. Cord McNally (Character) - 1970
      44% 65% The Undefeated Col. John Henry Thomas (Character) - 1969
      89% 84% True Grit Rooster Cogburn (Character) - 1969
      13% 74% Hellfighters Chance Buckman (Character) - 1968
      23% 61% The Green Berets Col. Mike Kirby (Character),
      Director
      - 1968
      90% 78% 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 50% Cast a Giant Shadow Gen. Mike Randolph (Character) - 1966
      42% 64% The Greatest Story Ever Told Centurion at crucifixion (Character) - 1965
      100% 82% The Sons of Katie Elder John Elder (Character) - 1965
      33% 80% In Harm's Way Capt. Rockwell Torrey (Character) - 1965
      50% 30% Circus World Matt Masters (Character) - 1964
      54% 76% Donovan's Reef Michael Patrick "Guns" Donovan (Character) - 1963
      57% 85% McLintock! George Washington McLintock (Character) - 1963
      86% 74% How the West Was Won Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman (Character) - 1962
      87% 90% The Longest Day Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort (Character) - 1962
      64% 76% Hatari! Sean Mercer (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% 64% The Alamo Col. Davy Crockett (Character),
      Director,
      Producer
      - 1960
      50% 76% North to Alaska Sam McCord (Character) - 1960
      96% 90% Rio Bravo Sheriff John T. Chance (Character) - 1959
      81% 75% The Horse Soldiers Col. John Marlowe (Character) - 1959
      40% 42% The Barbarian and the Geisha Townsend Harris (Character) - 1958
      67% 40% Jet Pilot Col. Jim Shannon (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 35% Legend of the Lost Joe January (Character) - 1957
      40% 57% The Wings of Eagles Frank W. "Spig" Wead (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 90% Goodbye, My Lady Producer - 1956
      No Score Yet 30% Gun the Man Down Producer - 1956
      94% 88% The Searchers Ethan Edwards (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 11% The Conqueror Temujin/Genghis Khan (Character) - 1956
      40% 45% Blood Alley Capt. Tom Wilder (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 54% The Sea Chase Captain Karl Ehrlich (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 50% Ring of Fear Producer - 1954
      42% 59% The High and the Mighty Dan Roman (Character),
      Producer
      - 1954
      No Score Yet 50% Track of the Cat Producer - 1954
      90% 74% Hondo Hondo Lane (Character),
      Producer
      - 1953
      83% 62% Island in the Sky Captain Dooley (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 62% Trouble Along the Way Stephen Aloysius Williams (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 39% Big Jim McLain Jim McLain (Character) - 1952
      91% 91% The Quiet Man Sean Thornton (Character) - 1952
      75% 63% Flying Leathernecks Maj. Daniel Xavier Kirby (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 51% Operation Pacific Lt Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford (Character) - 1951
      71% 70% Rio Grande Lt. Col. Kirby York (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 64% The Fighting Kentuckian John Breen (Character),
      Producer
      - 1949
      100% 80% Sands of Iwo Jima Sgt. John M. Stryker (Character) - 1949
      92% 79% She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Captain Nathan Cutting Brittles (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 51% Wake of the Red Witch Capt. Ralls (Character) - 1948
      85% 78% 3 Godfathers Robert Marmaduke Hightower (Character) - 1948
      100% 87% Red River Thomas Dunson (Character) - 1948
      100% 82% Fort Apache Capt. Kirby York (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 36% Tycoon Johnny Munroe (Character) $107.1K 1947
      71% 68% Angel and the Badman Quirt Evans (Character),
      Producer
      - 1947
      No Score Yet 55% Without Reservations Rusty (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 35% Flame of Barbary Coast Duke Fergus (Character) - 1945
      91% 73% They Were Expendable Lt. (j.g.) "Rusty" Ryan (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 43% Dakota John Devlin (Character) - 1945
      87% 63% Back to Bataan Col. Joseph Madden (Character) - 1945
      100% 72% The Fighting Seabees Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 73% Tall in the Saddle Rocklin (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 50% In Old Oklahoma Daniel F. Somers (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 33% A Lady Takes a Chance Duke Hudkins (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet War of the Wildcats Daniel F. Somers (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cowboy and the Girl Duke Hudkins (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 40% Lady for a Night Jackson Morgan (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 50% Reunion in France Pat Talbot (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 45% Pittsburgh Charles "Pittsburgh" Markham/Charles Ell (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 49% The Spoilers Roy Glennister (Character) - 1942
      80% 56% Reap the Wild Wind Captain Jack Stuart (Character) - 1942
      67% 69% Flying Tigers Capt. Jim Gordon (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 47% In Old California Tom Craig (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Betrayed Lynn Hollister (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 14% Lady From Louisiana John Reynolds (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 64% The Shepherd of the Hills Young Matt (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 10% Wheel of Fortune Lynn Hollister (Character) - 1941
      100% 70% The Long Voyage Home Olsen (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Refugee John Phillips (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 33% Three Faces West John Phillips (Character) - 1940
      100% 71% Dark Command Bob Seton (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 42% Seven Sinners Lt. Dan Brent (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 20% Wyoming Outlaw Stony Brooke (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Riders Stony Brooke (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 40% Three Texas Steers Stony Brooke (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 40% Allegheny Uprising James Smith (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 38% Frontier Horizon Stony Brooke (Character) - 1939
      100% 86% Stagecoach The Ringo Kid aka Henry (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 33% Pals of the Saddle Stony Brooke (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 29% Overland Stage Raiders Stony Brooke (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 20% Santa Fe Stampede Stony Brooke (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 50% Hell Town Dare Rudd (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 20% Red River Range 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 Lawless Nineties John Tipton (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 39% Winds of the Wasteland John Blair (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 40% The Lonely Trail Capt. John Ashely (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 50% King of the Pecos John Clayborn (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sea Spoilers Bob Randall (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conflict Pat Glendon (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oregon Trail Capt. John Delmont (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Frontier John (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 29% Westward Ho John Wyatt (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 12% Lawless Range John Middleton (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 26% Paradise Canyon John Wyatt/John Rogers (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 27% The Dawn Rider John Mason (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 23% The Desert Trail John Scott/John Jones (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 37% Rainbow Valley John Martin (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 32% Texas Terror John Higgins (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 17% The Lawless Frontier John Tobin (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 45% The Trail Beyond Rod Drew (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 36% Blue Steel John Carruthers (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 27% 'Neath the Arizona Skies Chris Morrell (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 20% The Star Packer U.S. Marshal John Travers (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 41% Randy Rides Alone Randy Bowers (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 35% The Man From Utah John Weston (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 39% West of the Divide Ted Hayden (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 32% The Lucky Texan Jerry Mason (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Central Airport Co-Pilot in Wreck (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 20% Somewhere in Sonora John Bishop (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 15% The Man From Monterey Captain John Holmes (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 43% The Three Musketeers Lt. Tom Wayne (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 23% His Private Secretary Dick Wallace (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 40% Sagebrush Trail John Brant (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 33% Riders of Destiny Singin' Sandy Saunders (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 20% Telegraph Trail John Trent (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two-Fisted Law Duke (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 27% Hurricane Express Larry Baker (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 20% Shadow of the Eagle Craig McCoy (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 22% Texas Cyclone Steve Pickett (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 31% Haunted Gold John Mason (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 33% The Big Stampede Deputy Sheriff John Steele (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 20% The Range Feud Clint Turner (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maker of Men Dusty Rhodes (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 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 Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1968 1971-1973
      No Score Yet 100% 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 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 97% I Love Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1955
      No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke John Wayne (Guest Star) 1955