John Wayne

1907 – 1979   Actor, Director, Producer

Born in Iowa, ‘The Duke’ and his family soon moved to California. At one time the top-earning actor in Hollywood, Wayne began acting in the 1920s and achieved major recognition in 1939 for the iconic western film Stagecoach.  He appeared in over 250 movies, was nominated for an Academy Award three times, winning the Award for Best Actor in 1969 for True Grit.  He was considered America’s most popular actor for years. Wayne’s characters were typically tough guys with a big streak of honesty, generosity and fair play.

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“There’s a lot of things great about life. But I think tomorrow is the most important thing. Comes in to us at midnight very clean, ya know. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”