Actor John Wayne- AKA “The Duke”- Born This Day 1907

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Marion Morrison was born on this day in 1907. We know him better by the name of John Wayne aka “The Duke.” John Wayne was one of the most popular actors of all-times. Even 30 plus years after his death he remains a popular actor. I teach students who are 13-14 years old and I don’t think they would all know who say- James Stewart or Humphrey Bogart are but they all know John Wayne. My favourite John Wayne movie I think is The Searchers.

John Wayne starred in 142 movies, most of them westerns. He wasn’t the greatest actor who ever lived, just the most popular. He was also known for being a staunch Republican. John Wayne died of cancer in 1979 at the age of 72.

I don’t think he would have made it as a star of western movies with the name Marion Morrison though. {And what if Harry Truman had been given the name his brother had- Vivian. I don’t think he’d have ever been president…but who knows]

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