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Original Name
Marion Michael Morrison
Birth
Winterset, Madison County, Iowa, USA
Death
11 Jun 1979 (aged 72)
Westwood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Corona del Mar, Orange County, California, USA
Plot
Bayview Terrace, Section 575, Section 24, Row 8, Headstone #81
Memorial ID
1079 View Source

Actor, Film Director, Film Producer. He is noted mostly for his military and cowboy roles, and was an American Icon. Fiercely patriotic and a staunch American, he represented an American ideal of rugged individualism. Politically conservative and hawkish, he was directly the opposite of many Hollywood stars and often ridiculed for his political opinions. Born Marion Michael Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, his family moved to Southern California where his father owned a ranch and he learned to ride a horse. When the ranch failed, his family moved from Palmdale to Glendale, California, where he attended elementary school through high school and had an Airedale Terrier dog named "Duke" (the source of his later nickname). When he narrowly missed getting an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, he went to the University of Southern California (USC) on a football scholarship. Cowboy actor Tom Mix got him a summer job as a prop man, in exchange for USC football tickets. On the set, he became lifelong friends with director John Ford, for whom he began doing bit parts. His first film in 1930 was "Men Without Women." His first lead role was Raoul Walsh's widescreen Western epic "The Big Trail" (1930). After bit parts in some 70 films, his breakthrough came in the 1939 film "Stagecoach," where he emerged a star. He holds the record for an actor playing the most leading parts in 142 movies. He stayed mostly with his best acting roles, those of strong military men or fierce independent cowboys, since that suited the audiences. He was exempt from military service in World War II (WWII) due to a separated shoulder injury from college and an ear infection which left him partially deaf. In 1948, he starred in Howard Hawks' "Red River," giving a dynamic performance which made critics take notice. However, he is best remembered for his performance in the John Ford cavalry trilogy, "Fort Apache," "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," and "Rio Grande." He had great film chemistry with Maureen O'Hara, and in 1952, he made "The Quiet Man" with her, considered by many to be Wayne's most endearing film. Other classic Wayne films include: "The Searchers" (1956) and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962). When Republic Pictures refused to make "The Alamo," Wayne started his own studio, Batjac, and made the film (1960). In 1968 during the Vietnam War, he made the film "The Green Berets," considered the only pro-Vietnam War film made in that period. He won his only Oscar for his role as a boozy, one-eyed, over-the-hill lawman in "True Grit" (1969), a role he reprised in "Rooster Cogburn" (1975). His acting abilities were often underrated by the critics, yet he was always a professional actor who knew his lines, his mark, and was on time for shooting. During his storied career, Wayne would quietly slip off movie sets to attend Catholic Mass. Wayne was not a Catholic, but the spark of faith was there. In the waning days of John Wayne's life, Maureen O'Hara made an impassioned plea for him to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. 'John Wayne is the United States of America,' she told the U.S. Congress." Congress honored him on May 26, 1979, his seventy-second birthday. Fifteen days later, as he prepared to slip from the bonds of earth, he was baptized into the Catholic Church. A sunrise Funeral Mass, attended only by family, was celebrated by Archbishop Marcos McGrath at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Corona Del Mar, California, on June 15. Music from Wayne's movies played, including the theme from the 1954 "The High and the Mighty."

Actor, Film Director, Film Producer. He is noted mostly for his military and cowboy roles, and was an American Icon. Fiercely patriotic and a staunch American, he represented an American ideal of rugged individualism. Politically conservative and hawkish, he was directly the opposite of many Hollywood stars and often ridiculed for his political opinions. Born Marion Michael Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, his family moved to Southern California where his father owned a ranch and he learned to ride a horse. When the ranch failed, his family moved from Palmdale to Glendale, California, where he attended elementary school through high school and had an Airedale Terrier dog named "Duke" (the source of his later nickname). When he narrowly missed getting an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, he went to the University of Southern California (USC) on a football scholarship. Cowboy actor Tom Mix got him a summer job as a prop man, in exchange for USC football tickets. On the set, he became lifelong friends with director John Ford, for whom he began doing bit parts. His first film in 1930 was "Men Without Women." His first lead role was Raoul Walsh's widescreen Western epic "The Big Trail" (1930). After bit parts in some 70 films, his breakthrough came in the 1939 film "Stagecoach," where he emerged a star. He holds the record for an actor playing the most leading parts in 142 movies. He stayed mostly with his best acting roles, those of strong military men or fierce independent cowboys, since that suited the audiences. He was exempt from military service in World War II (WWII) due to a separated shoulder injury from college and an ear infection which left him partially deaf. In 1948, he starred in Howard Hawks' "Red River," giving a dynamic performance which made critics take notice. However, he is best remembered for his performance in the John Ford cavalry trilogy, "Fort Apache," "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," and "Rio Grande." He had great film chemistry with Maureen O'Hara, and in 1952, he made "The Quiet Man" with her, considered by many to be Wayne's most endearing film. Other classic Wayne films include: "The Searchers" (1956) and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962). When Republic Pictures refused to make "The Alamo," Wayne started his own studio, Batjac, and made the film (1960). In 1968 during the Vietnam War, he made the film "The Green Berets," considered the only pro-Vietnam War film made in that period. He won his only Oscar for his role as a boozy, one-eyed, over-the-hill lawman in "True Grit" (1969), a role he reprised in "Rooster Cogburn" (1975). His acting abilities were often underrated by the critics, yet he was always a professional actor who knew his lines, his mark, and was on time for shooting. During his storied career, Wayne would quietly slip off movie sets to attend Catholic Mass. Wayne was not a Catholic, but the spark of faith was there. In the waning days of John Wayne's life, Maureen O'Hara made an impassioned plea for him to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. 'John Wayne is the United States of America,' she told the U.S. Congress." Congress honored him on May 26, 1979, his seventy-second birthday. Fifteen days later, as he prepared to slip from the bonds of earth, he was baptized into the Catholic Church. A sunrise Funeral Mass, attended only by family, was celebrated by Archbishop Marcos McGrath at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Corona Del Mar, California, on June 15. Music from Wayne's movies played, including the theme from the 1954 "The High and the Mighty."

Bio by: JR Wees


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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 1079
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1079/john-wayne: accessed ), memorial page for John Wayne (26 May 1907–11 Jun 1979), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1079, citing Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar, Orange County, California, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.