John Wayne Biography

Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director and producer. An Academy Award-winner, Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. An enduring American icon, he epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height.

Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, but his family relocated to the greater Los Angeles area when he was nine years old. He found work at local film studios when he lost his football scholarship to USC as a result of a bodysurfing accident. Initially working for the Fox Film Corporation, he mostly appeared in small bit parts. His first leading role came in the widescreen epic The Big Trail, which led to leading roles in numerous films throughout the 1930s, many of them in the western genre. His career rose to further heights in 1939, with John Ford's Stagecoach making him an instant superstar. Wayne would go on to star in 142 pictures. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
John Wayne
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Actor, Film director, Film Producer, Businessperson
Ethnicity:
Scottish American, Scotch-Irish American
Religion:
Catholicism, Presbyterianism
Date of Birth:
May 26, 1907
Astrological Sign:
Gemini
Date of Death:
June 11, 1979
Age at Death:
72
Cause of Death:
Stomach cancer
Marriages
Divorces
  • 1945-12-25
    Actor John Wayne (38) divorces Josephine Saenz (37) after 12 years of marriage
  • 1954-11-01
    Actor John Wayne (47) divorces actress Esperanza Baur due to drunken violence after 7 years of marriage
John Wayne Timeline
  • 1970-04-07
    42nd Academy Awards - "Midnight Cowboy", John Wayne & Maggie Smith win
  • 1976-03-04
    2nd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Carol Burnett win (TV)
  • 1978-02-20
    4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)
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