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Is Randy Wayne Related to John Wayne? The Truth About the Two Actors

Many people wonder if Randy Wayne, the actor who starred in movies like The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning and To Save a Life, is related to John Wayne, the legendary Hollywood star who appeared in classics like The Searchers and True Grit. The answer is no, they are not related by blood or by marriage. Here are some facts about the two actors and their careers.

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1 Randy Wayne: A Versatile Performer
2 John Wayne: A Hollywood Icon
3 Conclusion

Randy Wayne: A Versatile Performer
Randy Wayne was born as Randy Wayne Frederick on August 7, 1981, in Moore, Oklahoma. He attended Moore High School and Campbellsville University. He started his acting career in 2002, when he appeared on the British reality show Shipwrecked. Since then, he has appeared in many television shows and movies, mostly in supporting roles.
Some of his notable TV credits include The Closer, Huff, NCIS, Jack & Bobby, Numbers, Sons & Daughters, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Lying Game, True Blood, and The Bay. He has also starred in several independent films, such as Dream Boy, Grizzly Park, Foreign Exchange, The Haunting of Molly Hartley, The Last Hurrah, Ghost Town, Frat Party, The Trial, Talent, Cougar Hunting, Honey 2, Hardflip, Hold Your Breath, Heart of the Country, The Freemason, Android Cop, Mantervention, Paranormal Island, The Ivy League Farmer, Cassidy Way, Union Bound, Accidentally Engaged, The Last Bid, Paint It Red , and It Happened Again Last Night.
Randy Wayne is a versatile performer who can play different genres and characters. He has also shown his skills as a producer and director in some of his projects. He is currently working on a few upcoming films, such as A Walk with Grace , A California Christmas , and A Christmas Arrangement .
John Wayne: A Hollywood Icon
John Wayne was born as Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa. He grew up in Southern California and attended the University of Southern California on a football scholarship. However, he lost his scholarship after a bodysurfing accident and started working for the Fox Film Corporation. He made his film debut in 1926 and appeared in many small parts until he got his first leading role in The Big Trail (1930), a Western epic directed by Raoul Walsh.
However, the film was a box-office failure and Wayne was relegated to B movies for most of the 1930s. His breakthrough came in 1939 when he starred as the Ringo Kid in Stagecoach , directed by John Ford. This film established him as a major star and launched his long-term collaboration with Ford. Together they made many acclaimed Westerns and war films, such as Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The Searchers (1956), The Wings of Eagles (1957), The Horse Soldiers (1959), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), How the West Was Won (1962), Donovan’s Reef (1963), and The Green Berets (1968).
John Wayne also worked with other prominent directors and actors in his career. Some of his memorable films include Red River (1948) with Howard Hawks , Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) with Allan Dwan , Hondo (1953) with John Farrow , Rio Bravo (1959) with Howard Hawks and Dean Martin , The Alamo (1960) which he also directed and produced , El Dorado (1966) with Howard Hawks and Robert Mitchum , True Grit (1969) for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor , Chisum (1970) with Andrew V. McLaglen , Big Jake (1971) with George Sherman , The Cowboys (1972) with Mark Rydell , Rooster Cogburn (1975) with Stuart Millar and Katharine Hepburn , and The Shootist (1976) with Don Siegel , which was his final film.
John Wayne was one of the most popular and influential actors in Hollywood history. He personified the American frontier spirit and embodied the ideals of courage, patriotism, loyalty, and justice. He was also a political conservative who supported various causes and candidates. He died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979 at the age of 72. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980.
Randy Wayne and John Wayne are two actors who share a common surname but have no familial connection. They have different backgrounds, styles, and careers. Randy Wayne is a modern actor who has appeared in various TV shows and movies, mostly in supporting roles. John Wayne was a legendary actor who starred in many classic films, especially Westerns and war movies. He was a cultural icon and a national hero. Both actors have their own fans and achievements, but they are not related to each other.

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John Wayne heartbreak after pleading for one last film before death: ‘Hope to hell I do’

The crowning moment in his acting life came in 1970, when he earned his only Academy Award for Best Actor, as a result of his role in True Grit.

But one project that sadly never made it to life was Beau John, a film Wayne hoped would be his last.
Author Scott Eyman, who wrote ‘John Wayne: The Life and Legend’, discussed what Wayne wanted the project to be like, as well as the confession he made before he sadly passed away.
Eyman noted that Wayne’s wish was made at the end of 1978, just under a year before the western icon died in June.

Wayne reportedly felt directionless without any film work as he’d spent the last years in recovery with health issues as opposed to being behind the camera.
That year, Wayne received the Utah Film Festival’s John Ford Medallion, though he was unable to travel due to his health.
Instead, friend and director Peter Bogdanovich went to accept the award on his behalf, and when the pair were reunited Wayne asked if he’d consider the film he proposed.
Bogdanovich said: “It’s kind of a half-western thing, it’s not cowboys and Indians, you know, it’s — oh, the humour and the wonderful relationship between this grandfather and the son and the son-in-law and the grandson.
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“Wayne said, ‘I hope to hell I live to do it. Just a wonderful story’.”
His friend reassured Wayne he’d do the project, were he alive long enough to commit to it, and in his later life it became the Oscar winner’s main focus in life.
As he grew even more ill, Wayne then proposed the project to director Ron Howard, though he didn’t want anyone but the dying star to be in it.
According to the book, Wayne told Howard: “I found a book. I think it’s a movie. It’s you and me or it’s nobody.”

John Wayne died in 1979

John Wayne died in 1979 (Image: GETTY)

But sadly for Wayne, he died before anything could be done to start the movie.
Howard added: “It never got past the verbal stage.
“And at that point, he was showing signs of not being well. I was a little doubtful.”
Wayne passed away in 1979 as a result of stomach cancer, and was buried in the Pacific View Memorial Park Cemetery in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach.
His legacy was secured when the American Film Institute chose him as one of the greatest male stars of classic American cinema.

He was among a select group of stars who managed to negotiate their way from the silent film era of the Twenties, into the talkies that followed.
He had seven children in total, and was married three times.

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John Wayne battled crippling injuries and heartbreaking loss on Rio Lobo set

The sight of The Duke thundering across The West on horseback remains one of cinema’s most indelible images.
Meanwhile, “Get off your horse and drink your milk” has frequently been attributed as one of John Wayne’s most famous ‘quotes.’

Despite some claims that it came from an advert he shot, it is actually almost certainly an urban myth, most likely started by comedians doing drawling impressions of the Hollywood Westerns legend.
Sadly, though, by the time the star came to film 1970’s Rio Lobo (a blatant remake of Rio Bravo) towards the end of his career, he was in so much pain struggled to get on and off his horse.
In fact, the entire film shoot was surrounded by personal tragedies for the actor.
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John Wayne on horseback in Rio Lobo

John Wayne on horseback in Rio Lobo (Image: GETTY)

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John Wayne was in agony in Rio Lobo (Image: GETTY )

It was director Howard Hawks’ final film and the third film he made with John Wayne about a beleaguered sheriff standing against outlaws.
In a 1971 interview Hawks said of Rio Lobo: “The last picture we made, I called him up and said, ‘Duke, I’ve got a story.’ He said, ‘I can’t make it for a year, I’m all tied up.’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s all right, it’ll take me a year to get it finished.’
“He said, ‘Good, I’ll be all ready.’ And he came down on location and he said, ‘What’s this about?’ And I told him the story. He never even read it, he didn’t know anything about it.”

Famously, when Wayne realised it was a remake of Rio Bravo and El Dorado, he quipped: “Yes, he said, ‘Do I get to play the drunk this time?”

Hawks was less jocular after the film bombed and blamed it on 63-year-old Wayne being too old and out of shape for the role.
Critics and audiences agreed and the film took just over $4million against a production budget of $6million plus all the extra promotional costs which are often the same again.
Wayne’s physical difficulties were not due to his age, however. He had piled on weight for 1969’s True Grit and then while filming The Undefeated the same year, The Duke fell from his horse and fractured three ribs, leaving him unable to work for two weeks.
Later in the shoot, he tore a ligament in his shoulder. With no movement in one arm, he had to be filmed only from the other side.

John Wayne with a rifle in Rio Lobo
John Wayne with a rifle in Rio Lobo (Image: GETTY)

Wayne came into Rio Lobo in considerable pain, out of shape from True Grit and still suffering from a torn shoulder.
Most of his fight scenes had to be filmed with stand-ins or carefully from restricted angles. Some fights even happened off-camera. And he struggled greatly getting on and off his horse.
He also suffered two devastatimg personal blow when his mother died during filming and then his younger brother Robert E. Morrison lost his battle with lung cancer the month after filming ended.
But there was one shining moment of happiness also.

John Wayne in True Grit
John Wayne in True Grit (Image: GETTY)

Always a dedicated workhorse on set, no matter the physical injuries or personal pains, Wayne took a rare break from filming.
He had a very good reason, since it was to attend the 1970 Academy Awards. After exactly 40 years on screen, The Duke finally won the Best Actor Oscar for True Grit.
Touchingly, when he returned to the Rio Lobo set, he was greeted by the cast and crew all wearing eye patches like True Grit’s Rooster Cogburn.

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Ann-Margret recalls ‘gentle’ and ‘welcoming’ John Wayne who did her a big favour

Legendary actress Ann-Margret turns 80-years-old today on April 28, 2021. The singer, dancer and performer made quite the name for herself in Hollywood in a number of films during the early 1960s, including Bye Bye Birdie and State Fair. She is perhaps best known for her epic performance in 1964 hit Viva Las Vegas alongside Elvis Presley, with whom she shared a passionate love affair. Shortly after working with the King, she joined wild west star John Wayne in his 1973 movie The Train Robbers.

Ann-Margret played the lead in the movie – one of her first lead roles – Mrs Lowe.

The story followed her character after her husband had been killed, leaving her half-million dollars.
Mr Lowe had acquired this money from robbing banks in the wild west, however, she was keen to return it to the government to clear her name. John’s character, Lane, had different ideas. He wanted her to help find the money and claim a reward for it.
Ann-Margret recently gave an interview about her time on the silver screen, where she touched upon working with the legendary John.

Ann-Margret continued: “He was so great with my parents. So absolutely welcoming and gentle with them. And anybody who was great to my parents was on a throne in my eyes.
“I was friends with him forever. He was never [pretentious]. He had so many friends and every single person loved him.”
Ann-Margret also previously praised John for doing her an enormous favour in her time of need.
During the filming of The Train Robbers, Ann-Margret was up for an Oscar alongside her co-star Ben Johnson.
However, considering Ann-Margret was filming in Mexico she was struggling to find a way to attend the ceremony.
Without a second thought, John gave her and Ben his own private plane to allow them both to attend the ceremony.
Ann-Margret said later: “The next day, we were back on the set, and Ben had won and I hadn’t.
“I don’t know what Mr Wayne said to Ben, but he got me in a corner, and he just said some wonderful things to me.”
Ann-Margret also spoke candidly about her relationship with Elvis.
The pair enjoyed a relationship together for just over a year while filming Viva Las Vegas.

Speaking in the same interview, Ann-Margret said: “Just thinking about Viva Las Vegas, or anytime someone mentions it, I smile.
“It was one of the happiest times of my life. George Sidney, who directed Bye Bye Birdie also directed Viva Las Vegas. And believe it or not, I had never seen [Elvis] perform.”

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