John Wayne

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John Wayne
Marion Robert Morrison
BirthplaceWinterset, Iowa, U.S.
Actor, director, producer
EducationGlendale High School

Wayne, John,

1907–79, American movie actor, b. Winterset, Iowa, as Marion Michael Morrison. An enduringly popular movie star from his debut in 1930, Wayne combined the toughness necessary to play westerners and soldiers with an appealing amiability. He collaborated with John FordFord, John,
1895–1973, American film director, b. Cape Elizabeth, Maine, as John Martin Feeney. Ford began directing in 1917 after an apprenticeship with his brother Francis.
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, who discovered him, in such films as Stagecoach (1939), Fort Apache (1948), Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The Searchers (1956), and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). Wayne's other films include Red River (1949), The Alamo (1960), True Grit (1969), for which he won an Academy Award, and The Shootist (1975).


See biographies by R. Roberts and J. S. Olson (1995) and S. Eyman (2014); studies by M. Tomkies (1971), G. Carpozi (1972), and G. Wills (1997).

Wayne, John (b. Marion Michael Morrison)

(1907–79) film actor; born in Winterset, Iowa. This tough, tall, strong-but-silent he-man made his first film in Hangman's House (1928) and graduated to a long succession of small parts in low-budget movies until he got his big break in Stagecoach (1939). He became the quintessential mythical movie hero, and finally won an Oscar for True Grit (1969) after some 250 films. His final movie was The Shootist (1976). He became known in later years for his outspokenness on behalf of conservative political causes, particularly for his support of America's role in Vietnam.
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Would he have become the most popular film star of all time if we knew him now as Marion Morrison, instead of the Duke?
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Foster Dennis ('74) will display his personal collection of memorabilia from Glendale High's most famous student, Academy Award-winning actor John Wayne, who was known as Marion Morrison when he graduated in 1925.
Marion Morrison back in 1925 when he graduated from Glendale.
The newcomers in those decades included the family of John Wayne, then a 7-year-old named Marion Morrison.
With that, the John Wayne Trojans became the Trojans of Marion Morrison.
It's 1962, and I'm sitting in Freda Swedenborg's senior English lit class at the old Glendale High School - the one that had stood proudly since the days when its most famous alumnus, John Wayne, was just a boy named Marion Morrison.
Marion Morrison changed his to John Wayne and became a cowboy, tough-guy movie star; song writer-piano player Reginald Dwight adopted the moniker Elton John and cultivated a flamboyant stage persona.
When he was still known as Marion Morrison, Wayne played tackle for the Trojans in 1925 and '26 (although his brother Bob and pal Ward Bond lettered, Marion never did).