John Wayne Quotes
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Marion Mitchell Morrison, which led to leading roles in numerous B movies throughout the 1930s, most of them in the Western genre.
Wayne's career began in 1930 with Raoul Walsh's widescreen Western epic The Big Trail, and was rejuvenated in 1939 after a steep decline from the lofty pinnacle of The Big Trail during the previous nine years, with John Ford's Stagecoach making him an instant mainstream star. He starred in 142 motion pictures altogether, including the dozens with his name above the title produced before 1939. Biographer Ronald Davis said, "John Wayne personified for millions the nation's frontier heritage. Eighty-three of his movies were Westerns, and in them he played cowboys, cavalrymen, and unconquerable loners extracted from the Republic's central creation myth."
Wayne's other well-known Western roles include a cattleman driving his herd north on the Chisholm Trail in Red River for a woman's hand in marriage in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo. He appeared with many important Hollywood stars of his era, and his last public appearance was at the Academy Awards ceremony on April 9, 1979.