Talk low, talk slow and don't say too much
John Wayne was Hollywood’s ultimate man’s man. Known as The Duke he was bestowed with the name of Marion Morrison when he was born. As John Wayne, he became one of the most recognised and widely admired American actors of the 20th century.
Strongly associated with westerns, he appeared in 84 of them. Classics included Stagecoach, Rio Bravo, The Alamo, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and True Grit, which won him an Oscar.
He also appeared in 85 non-westerns including World War II epic The Longest Day and The Quiet Man.
Married three times and divorced twice, Wayne was known for his conservative political views. Unusually, his onscreen persona actually seems to have been very close to his offscreen one, although he did not, of course, live in the Wild West.
It’s thought his death from cancer in 1979, might well have been a delayed consequence of effects from a nearby US government nuclear test conducted quite near where the 1956 desert-set movie, The Conqueror was filmed.
“Courage” he once said, “is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway”