John Wayne

John Wayne Once Intentionally Embarrassed Himself to Protect His Elderly Mentor

John Wayne (commonly referred to as The Duke) might have been known for his rough and tough personality both as an individual and an actor. However, when it came to director and long-time father-figure John Ford, John Wayne was actually quite thoughtful and empathetic. In fact, near the end of his mentor’s career, the Hollywood icon intentionally embarrassed himself to protect the reputation of the elder man.
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‘Gunsmoke’: Glenn Strange Got His Acting Start in a John Wayne Movie

Gunsmoke’s Glenn Strange once had the privilege of playing a minor role next to Western’s greatest star, John Wayne. Fans of Stange know him as Dodge City’s trusty classic TV bartender, Sam Noonan. The actor spent years working at the Long Branch Saloon after going through a round of different characters during the show’s earlier years. But once he started pouring stiff drinks in 1961, he stayed there for 12 years.

John Wayne topic of online program hosted by Mentor Public Library

Mentor Public Library is hosting an online program about the career, life and legacy of movie star John Wayne at 6:30 p.m., May 25. For more than three decades, Wayne was one of the most popular film stars in the world, starring in classics like “Stagecoach,” “Rio Bravo,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and “True Grit.” Hollywood historian Sal St. George will review Wayne’s career and share clips of him at his finest, according to a news release.

Why Elvis Presley Never Starred in a Western With John Wayne

Elvis Presley once had a chance to star in Westerns alongside John Wayne. But thanks to Elvis’ manager, the iconic pairing never happened. During his silver screen career, Elvis made three Westerns—Love Me Tender, Flaming Star, and Charro! But it just took one cowboy role to give the singer a reputation in the film industry.

A Young Fan Mistook John Wayne For Steve McQueen—This Was His Response

John Wayne, the actor a whole generation saw on the screens throughout the 40s, 50s, and 60s hired four secretaries to reply to fan mails and of all the emails, only one stood out to him. A 10-year-old boy, Ross, wrote to the Oscar winner to express his love and his wish to meet him one day; sadly, as sweet as the letter was, he mistook the actor for Steve McQueen.

John Wayne Was Once Jokingly Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons NFL Team

Although his days playing football were long past him, John Wayne was jokingly drafted by the Atlanta Falcons during the 1971 NFL draft. According to Sports Illustrated, the Atlanta Falcons drafted John Wayne due to his past football experience. The actor was 63-years-old at the time. And an Atlanta Falcons representative on-site described him as a “big strong guy. Who has also had some success in a couple of movie roles.”