Today John Wayne might be a controversial figure due to the woke world in which we live, but that hasn’t always been the case. ‘The Duke’ was possibly one of the most iconic actors of all-time – and Wayne’s lasting cinematic legacy is assured.
Many actors have tried to attain Wayne’s mantle as the All-American Hero (Clint Eastwood, anyone?) but they have all failed. There is only one John Wayne. The actor collaborated with the great John Ford on 14 films between 1939 and 1963, delivering some of the best work of his career.
Born Marion Michael Morrison in Winterset, Iowa on 26 May 1907, he died of stomach cancer on 11 June 1979.