was sent in by a JW fan:
According to my records, John Wayne made (6) movies before making "Mother
Machree" in 1928.
Brown Of Harvard (extra) - MGM
The Great K&A Train Robery (extra) - FOX
Bardleys the Magnificent (a guard) - MGM
Drop Kick (USC Football Player) - First National Pictures
Four Sons (extra) - FOX
Annie Laurie (extra) - MGM
"Four Sons" was also made in 1928, but I do not know which one was made
I met with Mr. Wayne in 1979, in California. Even after the operation
on his lungs, he was a big, tall-walking man, full of life.
Glenn "WIldman" Wehe
PS - A piece of trivia for your next update.......
What was the ONLY movie John Wayne made in that he used a different STAGE
"Words and Music" - FOX, 1929
Name: "Duke Morrison"
Wayne was born May 26,1907 as Marion Robert Morrison. His name was never
legally changed to John Wayne. His nickname "Duke" came from
a dog his family owned. There were 37 films in which his character was
called John. Duke was used as a character name in 6 movies.
Maureen O'Hara was the person who presented him with the 1976
People's Choice Award for most popular motion picture actor.
Striestand presented him with the Oscar for the 1970 movie, True Grit.
movie "The Conqueror" was filmed near St. George, Utah; which was close
to the Utah proving grounds. Almost a year before a radioactive bomb
named "Dirty Harry" had been dropped. At the time it was felt all was
safe. It was later learned that at least 70 cast and crew members had
died of cancer.
Goldwater visited the set of "Stagecoach" during filming. They had a
long friendship and later John Wayne helped in Barry Goldwater's presidential
Wayne's image has appeared on a wide variety of products including:1950
popcorn trading cards given at theaters, 1951 Camel cigarettes, 1956
playing cards, Whitman's Chocolates and more recently Coors beer. The
money collected on the Coors beer cans with his image went to the John
Wayne Cancer Hospital. One of the most unusual was as a puppet on HR
Puff*n*stuff, who also put out a 1970 lunchbox with his image among
the other puppet characters.
Greatest Cowboy Star of All Time" was the caption to a series of comic
books dedicated to him. The "John Wayne Adventure Comics" were first
published in 1949.
produced and starred in a 1940's radio show about an alcoholic detective
entitled - "Three Sheets to the Wind"
John Wayne was honored with a square at the Grauman's Chinese Theater
in Hollywood, the sand used in the cement was brought in from Iwo Jima.
Emperor Hirohito of Japan was on a visit to the U.S., he had the opportunity
to meet many people. The one he asked to meet was John Wayne.
movie "The Quiet Man" was filmed in and around the Village of Cong,
County Mayo, Ireland. Many of the places from the film can still be
seen there. One is Cohan's Tavern where they all stopped for a drink
during the famous fight scene between the 2 brothers-in-law. The Tavern
still stands today, as a grocery.
Wayne played football for the University if Southern California in 1927.
That year the team only lost 2 games to Stanford and Notre Dame.
Wayne helped to raise funds for mentally challenged children at a SHARE
benifit. He sang "Home on the Range" to the highest bidder.
Wayne appeared in Vacation Bible School flyers to promote attendance.
Wayne was nominated for 2 Oscars.
The first was "The Sands of Iwo Jima." The one he received
was for the 1970 movie "True Grit" where he played the part of Rooster
Cogburn. He was heard to say after getting it:
I'd have known that,
I'd have put on an eyepatch 35 yrs ago."