The Different Names of John Wayne and the Reasons Behind Them

John Wayne, the legend, The Duke

This may come to a surprise to some, but not to all of John Wayne fans, that the actual name he was given at birth was….Marion. That’s right! This masculine man was given the name of Marion Robert Morrison on the day he was born which was May 26th, 1907. This little bundle of joy […]

Batjac Production Company


When we think of the different types of hats that John Wayne wore through out his career, most of us will think of actor, a few might remember he did direct two movies. But how many of us have thought of him running his own production company? Well in 1952 that is exactly what he […]

John Wayne and Fans….


What does it mean to be a John Wayne fan? That thought raises in interesting question, do you have what it takes to be a fan? Now by no means am I talking about just the day to day life but do you try and challenge other friends with John Wayne trivia? Do you try […]

The Wit of John Wayne: “… I Seldom Lie”


At first glance, the above quote from the Duke, as he is fondly called, appears to be a statement about honesty and credibility. The short remark was actually the last sentence of a longer quotation by the legendary actor describing how a man’s persona and moral fiber is molded by circumstances in life. To provide […]

The Duke-and-King Bond: Fact or Fiction?


Stephen King’s 1974 horror classic Carrie described the attitude of the school’s assistant principal to be like John Wayne from the perspective of the gym teacher. No big deal. The Duke’s distinctive cinema demeanor became a trademark during the era of his epic Westerns. However, when three more novels in the 1990s also had allusions […]

John Wayne Westerns: Crossovers from Cinema to Literature


How witty would a man be if at least one book of quotes from him can be compiled? Extremely witty, many could guess. But then, how can globally renowned author Gore Vidal refer to such a clever man as “one powerful inarticulate brute of a man”? Of course Gore Vidal can always do that because […]

In Harm’s Way

1950's Camel Ad

“We’re trying to determine how far it’s gone.”  The words of the radiologist at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California must have sent chills down the spine of John Wayne as he prepared for another round of X-rays.  “Are you telling me I have cancer?” asked Wayne.  The radiologist’s simple, matter of fact response of […]

Whatever Happened To . . .

John Wayne and Jim Hutton

I love that AMC shows John Wayne movies frequently.  With regular television now providing only crime shows, reality shows, or sitcoms that would’ve received an R rating a few years ago, it is nice to be able to go to a channel and find a classic from the Duke. The other day, I happened to […]

John Wayne – A True American


President Ronald Reagan once said, “There is no one who more exemplifies the devotion to our country, its goodness, its industry, and its strengths than John Wayne.” This was evident in regards to an issue that was important to both President Reagan and Wayne – Communism. In the late 1940s, many Hollywood actors, writers and […]

The Duke and the Cavalry


John Wayne made four movies with John Ford using the U.S. Cavalry as their theme. The first three, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and Rio Grande used the Indian Fighting Cavalry to tell the story. The fourth, The Horse Soldiers, told the story of the Civil War Cavalry. The first three movies were […]