John Wayne is a man that we will keep reading about throughout history. He was a man who had strong values and beliefs and was ready to defend regardless of the outcome or the other people’s thoughts of him and his beliefs. He was a man of character and a talented one for that matter. John was a well known and popular actor, producer, and director. He featured in many hit films, and his career was amazing. He met his untimely death in 1979 after suffering from stomach cancer for a while. He was buried in the Pacific View Memorial Park cemetery.
John Wayne Early life
Marion Robert Morrison, popularly known as John Wayne was born in the year 1907. His father was called Clyde Leonard Morrison, and his mother was Mary Alberta Brown. His ancestry can be traced down to Scotland, Ireland, and England. He attended the University of Southern California after high school where he studied pre-law. In his earlier days, he had uncredited roles in films like Bardelys the Magnificent, Brown of Harvard, the Dropkick, and Salute. He landed these roles because of his friendship with his USC football coach Howard Jones and friend Tom Mix.
In 1930, he featured in a film called The Big Trail and the character name was John Wayne and that is how the name stuck. This was a big budget film. It received a great review from critics, but that was not enough to make it a commercial success because it failed. From then onwards, he did not land any significant roles in high budget films. He featured in films like The Deceiver, The Three Musketeers, Riders of Destiny, and many others.
In 1939, John Wayne was cast for one of the roles in a film called Stagecoach by John Ford. This was to be an A-Budget movie, but it was proving to be a difficult task to get financing for the film. Even so, with the help of Walter Wanger who was an independent producer, the film was produced, and it became very successful. This was the breakthrough in Wayne’s career, and he became a mainstream actor.
During the World War II, he wanted on several occasions to enlist as a volunteer at the military but never actually made it. He made applications to work with the Office of Strategic Services, and although he made it, his wife never gave him his acceptance letter.
John Wayne also featured in films like Shephard of the Hills, Reap The Wild Wind, All The Kings Men, The Gunfighter, The High and the Mighty, Flying Tigers, Flying Leathernecks, Island in the Sky, The Wings of Eagles, Jet Pilot, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man, The Wings of Eagles, The Searchers, and many more.
In 1969, he starred in a film called True Grit which earned him an award for Best Actor Oscar. He was also nominated for The Almo as the producer of Best Picture. He directed this film and The Green Berets. He was also the co-founder of a production company called Batjac. He was named by Motion Picture as one of the Top Ten Money-Making Americans. Other than acting, he also featured in many radio shows like The Hedda Hopper Show, Screen Directors Playhouse, Three Sheets to the Wind, among others.
John Wayne net worth
While John Wayne was alive, he was considered as one of the top ten money-making Americans. He was an influential and powerful man who also had political affiliations to the conservative Republican. In his reign, he was estimated to have a net worth of around $50 million US dollars.
As a man who lived a life full of accomplishments, there are things that we can all learn from. John Wayne was a patriot and had strong values and opinions as stated earlier. He also has a perseverance nature, and that is why he never gave up while his career seemed to be stagnating before Ford. These are all values we can learn and implement. Although he is departed, we will still remember him.