John Wayne

 

 

Filmography

1926

Brown of Harvard
Bardelys the Magnificent
The Great K & A Train Robbery

 

1927

Annie Laurie
The Drop Kick

 

1928

Mother Machree
Four Sons
Hangman’s House
Noah’s Ark

 

1929

Speakeasy
The Black Watch
Words and Music
Salute
The Forward Pass

 

1930

Men Without Women
Born Reckless
Rough Romance
Cheer Up and Smile
The Big Trail

 

1931

Girls Demand Excitement
Three Girls Lost
Arizona
The Deceiver
The Range Feud
Maker of Men

 

1932

The Shadow of the Eagle
Texas Cyclone
Two-Fisted Law
Lady and Gent
The Hurricane Express
Ride Him, Cowboy 
That’s My Boy
The Big Stampede
Haunted Gold

 

1933

The Telegraph Trail
Central Airport
Somewhere in Sonora
His Private Secretary
The Life of Jimmy Dolan
Baby Face
The Man from Monterey
Riders of Destiny
The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
College Coach
Sagebrush Trail
An Innocent Man

 

1934

The Lucky Texan
Gold Strike River
West of the Divide
Blue Steel
Stolen Goods
The Man from Utah
Randy Rides Alone
The Star Packer
The Trail Beyond
The Lawless Frontier
Neath the Arizona Skies

 

1935

Texas Terror
Rainbow Valley
The Desert Trail
The Dawn Rider 
Cold Vengence 
Paradise Canyon 
Guns Along The Trail
Westward Ho
The New Frontier
Lawless Range

 

1936

The Oregon Trail
The Lawless Nineties
King of the Pecos
The Lonely Trail
Winds of the Wasteland 
Stagecoach Run 
Sea Spoilers
Conflict

 

1937

California Straight Ahead!
I Cover the War
Idol of the Crowds
Adventure’s End
Born to the West

 

1938

Pals of the Saddle
Overland Stage Raiders
Santa Fe Stampede
Red River Range

 

1939

Stagecoach
The Night Riders
Three Texas Steers
Wyoming Outlaw
New Frontier
Allegheny Uprising

 

1940

Dark Command
Three Faces West
The Long Voyage Home
Seven Sinners

 

1941

A Man Betrayed
Lady from Louisiana
The Shepherd of the Hills

 

1942

Lady for a Night
Reap the Wild Wind
The Spoilers
In Old California
Flying Tigers
Reunion in France
Pittsburgh

 

1943

A Lady Takes a Chance
In Old Oklahoma
War of the Wildcats

 

1944

The Fighting Seabees
Tall in the Saddle
Flame of Barbary Coast

 

1945

Back to Bataan
They Were Expendable
Dakota

 

1946

Without Reservations

 

1947

Angel and the Badman
Tycoon

 

1948

Red River
Fort Apache
3 Godfathers
Wake of the Red Witch

 

1949

The Fighting Kentuckian
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Sands of Iwo Jima

 

1950

Rio Grande

 

1951

Operation Pacific
Flying Leathernecks

 

1952

Miracle in Motion
The Quiet Man
Big Jim McLain

 

1953

Trouble Along the Way
Island in the Sky
Hondo

 

1954

The High and the Mighty

 

1955

The Sea Chase
Blood Alley

 

1956

The Conqueror
The Searchers

 

1957

The Wings of Eagles
Jet Pilot
Legend of the Lost

 

1958

The Barbarian and the Geisha

 

1959

Rio Bravo
The Horse Soldiers

 

1960

The Alamo
North to Alaska
Wagon Train

 

1961

The Comancheros

 

1962

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Hatari!
The Longest Day
How the West Was Won

 

1963

Donovan’s Reef
McLintock!

 

1964

Circus World

 

1965

The Greatest Story Ever Told
In Harm’s Way
The Sons of Katie Elder

 

1966

Cast a Giant Shadow
El Dorado

 

1967

The War Wagon

 

1968

The Green Berets
Hellfighters

 

1969

True Grit
The Undefeated

 

1970

No Substitute for Victory
Chisum
Rio Lobo
Swing Out, Sweet Land
Harry Jacks: A Man and His Art

 

1971

Big Jake

 

1972

The Cowboys
Cancel My Reservation

 

1973

The Train Robbers
Cahill, United States Marshal

 

1974

McQ

 

1975

Brannigan
Rooster Cogburn

 

1976

The Shootist

Awards

Wayne was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role:  Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), True Grit (1968).  He won for his role in True Grit.

In 1961, as a producer, his film The Alamo (1960) was also nominated for Best Picture.

 

Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.  ~ John Wayne

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Actors, Biographies

Born in Winterset, Iowa, Wayne grew up in Southern California. He found work at local film studios when he lost his football scholarship to the University of Southern California as a result of an accident. Early in his career, he had a minor, uncredited role as a guard in the 1926 film Bardelys the Magnificent. Wayne also appeared with his USC teammates playing football in Brown of Harvard (1926), The Dropkick (1927), and Salute (1929) and Columbia’s Maker of Men (1931) His first leading role came in Raoul Walsh’s The Big Trail (1930), which led to leading roles in numerous B movies throughout the 1930s, many of them in the Western genre.

Wayne’s career took off in 1939, with John Ford’s Stagecoach making him an instant star. Stagecoach was a huge critical and financial success. He went on to star in 142 pictures. 

Wayne’s other well-known Western roles include a cattleman driving his herd north on the Chisholm Trail in Red River (1948), a Civil War veteran whose young niece is abducted by a tribe of Comanches in The Searchers (1956), and a troubled rancher competing with a lawyer for a woman’s hand in marriage in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).

Wayne’s first color film was Shepherd of the Hills (1941), in which he co-starred with his longtime friend Harry Carey. The following year, he appeared in his only film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, the Technicolor epic Reap the Wild Wind (1942), in which he co-starred with Ray Milland and Paulette Goddard; it was one of the rare times he played a character with questionable values.

In 1949, director Robert Rossen offered the starring role of All the King’s Men to Wayne. Wayne refused, believing the script to be unAmerican in many ways. Broderick Crawford, who eventually got the role, won the 1949 Oscar for best male actor, ironically beating out Wayne, who had been nominated for Sands of Iwo Jima.

One of Wayne’s most popular roles was in The High and the Mighty (1954), directed by William Wellman, and based on a novel by Ernest K. Gann. His portrayal of a heroic copilot won widespread acclaim. Wayne also portrayed aviators in Flying Tigers (1942), Flying Leathernecks (1951), Island in the Sky (1953), The Wings of Eagles (1957), and Jet Pilot (1957).

He appeared in nearly two dozen of John Ford’s films over twenty years, including She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Quiet Man (1952), The Wings of Eagles (1957), and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) with James Stewart: the first movie in which he called someone “Pilgrim”. Ford’s The Searchers (1956), is often considered to contain Wayne’s finest and most complex performance.

He is also remembered for his roles in The Quiet Man (1952), Rio Bravo (1959), and The Longest Day (1962). In his final screen performance, he starred as an aging gunfighter battling cancer in The Shootist (1976).

He appeared with many important Hollywood stars of his era, and his last public appearance was at the Academy Awards ceremony on April 9, 1979.

Although he enrolled in a cancer vaccine study in an attempt to ward off the disease, Wayne died of stomach cancer at the age of 72 on June 11, 1979, at the UCLA Medical Center, and was buried in the Pacific View Memorial Park cemetery in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach.

Wayne rose beyond the typical recognition for a famous actor to that of an enduring icon who symbolized and communicated American values and ideals. By the middle of his career, Wayne had developed a larger-than-life image, and as his career progressed, he selected roles that would not compromise his off-screen image.

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