John Wayne

Highest Rated: 100% El Dorado (1967)
Lowest Rated: 14% Hellfighters (1968)
Birthday: May 26, 1907
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

CREDIT
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
90% 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
33% 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
88% True Grit Rooster Cogburn 1969
29% The Undefeated Col. John Henry Thomas 1969
14% Hellfighters Chance Buckman 1968
25% The Green Berets Col. Mike Kirby Director Producer 1968
No Score Yet Hondo and the Apaches Producer 1967
100% El Dorado Cole Thornton 1967
90% 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
90% 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
50% North to Alaska Sam McCord 1960
50% The Alamo Producer Director Col. David Crockett 1960
100% Rio Bravo Sheriff John T. Chance 1959
89% 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
95% 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
90% 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
71% 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Maude
1972-1978
John Wayne
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
  • 1967
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Himself
  • 1955

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