11 Jun 2009
Born Marion Robert Morrison and better known by his stage name John Wayne was an American film actor, director and producer.
After playing in some bit roles he got his first starring role in The Big Trail (1930), and that was the time when his named changed to John Wayne, in fact the name was chosen by the director and Fox Studios chief Winfield Sheehan without his presence! The movie was a flop and he relegated to low budget movies again.
But it was John Ford who cast Wayne in Stagecoach (1939) a huge critical and financial success, and Wayne became a star. He later appeared in more than twenty of John Ford's films, including She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Quiet Man (1952), The Searchers (1956), The Wings of Eagles (1957), and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).
According to the imdb.com , Wayne played the lead in 142 of his film appearances. Thirty years ago John Wayne died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979.