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John Wayne In The Flying Tigers
John Wayne is one of the genuine icons of 20th-century American film.
Famous for his westerns "The Duke" also played cops and soldiers with regularity.
No matter what the role though he nearly always played the same character: a big, tough, but sentimental hero who talked straight and met the bad guys head on.
Off screen he was considered a super-patriot, closely associated with conservative political causes.
His many films include classics such as Stagecoach (1939, with Wayne as the Ringo Kid), the Irish fable The Quiet Man (1952), and The Searchers (1956, with a young Natalie Wood).
Wayne won an Oscar late in his career for his portrayal of hard-drinking marshal Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 film True Grit.
How did John Wayne’s acting career begin?
They say truth is often stranger than fiction and this is certainly one of those occasions.
It all began with an actor wanting to get tickets to University of Southern California football games.
In order to get his tickets he befriends a player, even going so far as to offer the player summer employment on movie sets.
Were this to happen today, this scenario would probably lead to scandal, NCAA violations, and national headlines.
But this is not a modern story but of a more innocent time.
The actor in question was Tom Mix who was one of the most influential western actors of the silent era.
The young football player?
He was a tall, muscular young man named Marion Morrison.
Morrison soon began to work full time on movies as an extra and in bit parts, becoming friends with a young director, John Ford. Beginning in 1928 and extending over the next 35 years, Wayne appeared in more than twenty of John Ford's films
At the time Morrison acted under a number of film names, including Michael Morris and Duke Morrison. After two years working as a prop man at the Fox Film Corporation for $75 a week, his first starring role was in the 1930 movie The Big Trail.
It was for this big screen western that director Raoul Walsh decided Marion Morrison was not the right name for an actor starring in western roles.
He therefore suggested giving him the stage name "Anthony Wayne", after Revolutionary War general "Mad Anthony" Wayne but Fox Studios chief Winfield Sheehan rejected it as sounding "too Italian." Walsh then suggested "John Wayne", which all agreed sounded better and the John Wayne western was born.
He was also respected as a man of tradition, honor and influence whose distinctive voice and memorable presence created a legacy that spans generations the world over.
Over the span of his career The Academy Award-winning actor appeared in nearly 200 films.
John Wayne was buried in Orange County, the most Republican district in America where the conservative residents admired the Duke naming their international airport after him and erecting a statue of him outside the airport.
License: John Wayne
Product Type: Premium Format Figure
Product Size: 20" H (508mm) x 9" W (228.6mm) x 6" D (152.4mm)*
Product Weight: 7.00 lbs (3.18 kg)*
Box Size: 21.00" H (533.4mm) x 11.00" W (279.4mm) x 8.00" L (203.2mm)*
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