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John Wayne Joked He’d Punch Anybody Not Singing at the 1973 Oscars

Actor John Wayne made a lot of impressions at the 1973 Oscars. His aggressive behavior that night recently attracted media attention, but he was also known for his ability to get audiences clapping and laughing. Wayne concluded the 1973 Oscars with a classic joke that fits right into the actor’s sense of humor that his fans know and love.

John Wayne nearly stormed the stage to assault Sacheen Littlefeather at the 1973 Oscars

Wayne almost stormed the stage at the 1973 Oscars when Marlon Brando’s performance in The Godfather won best actor. However, it was a result of the Oscar-winning actor rejecting the award and having Native American actor Sacheen Littlefeather take the stage in his place. She spoke about the activism around Wounded Knee and the film industry’s poor treatment of their Native American peers and the community’s depiction in the media.

Half of the crowd booed and the other half listened to what Littlefeather had to say. However, Wayne wasn’t happy. He nearly took the stage himself to drag the actor off the stage. Security wouldn’t allow him entry onto the stage at that point of the evening.

John Wayne joked he’d punch anybody not singing at the 1973 Oscars after inviting the evening’s winners to the stage

Wayne took the stage at the end of the 1973 Oscars broadcast to conclude the show. The video shows the legendary Western actor coming from a door on the stage and walking down a series of steps. He approached the microphone and waited for the audience’s applause to fade.

“I know the show is just about over, but I wanted to come out here and be a part of this wonderful night,” Wayne said. “Be with so many of my friends and so many talented people who make our industry a great industry. Now, I hate to break a precedent, but I think we ought to get all the winners and presenters out here to take a much-deserved bow. What do you say?”

Wayne was instantly met with loud applause. Next, all of the evening’s winners and presenters entered the stage. Once the applause died down, the actor continued.

“Now, I know all of you out there, and you people on TV all over the world,” Wayne said. “You, the movie audience, who make us possible, join in singing ‘You Outta Be in Pictures’ (Winks). And I’m going to be watching, so you better sing or (throws punch) pow.”

Wayne ended with a soft smile, as the crowd started to sing the requested song.

The actor wouldn’t earn another Oscar nomination after ‘True Grit’

Wayne regularly made appearances at the prestigious award show and not only at the 1973 Oscars. He earned two nominations and one win over the course of his career. He was first nominated at the 1950 Oscars for his leading performance in Sands of Iwo Jima. He made another appearance as a nominee at the 1961 Oscars for his film, The Alamo.

However, Wayne’s only Academy Award win came for True Grit at the 1970 ceremony. Nevertheless, he still enjoyed making an appearance at the award show to visit with friends and to say a few words to the moviegoers watching the ceremony from home.

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John Wayne Was Restrained By Six Security Men At The 1973 Oscars

The 2022 Oscars got really awkward when Will Smith marched onstage and slapped Chris Rock over a joke he made about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith. This was reminiscent of another incident that happened back in 1973 but luckily no one was slapped back then. John Wayne wanted to storm the stage and it took six security men to restrain him so no one got hurt.

During the ’73 Oscars, Marlon Brando won the award for Best Actor for his role in The Godfather. Marlon opted not to go on stage to accept the award. Instead, he had Sacheen Littlefeather, also known as Marie Louise Cruz, go onstage on his behalf. In doing so, she spoke about the mistreatment of N ative Americans in the film industry.

John Wayne wanted to bring Sacheen Littlefeather off the stage at the 1973 Oscars

Marlon also wanted to draw more attention to the Wounded Knee Occupation, which helped to bring attention to the mistreatment of Native Americans by the government. It was a controversial choice to have Littlefeather accept the award and she was reportedly only given a minute to speak or she would be arrested.

John Wayne did not agree with Marlon’s choice and wanted Littlefeather off the stage. At the time, he said, “If [Brando] had something to say, he should have appeared that night and stated his views instead of taking some little unknown girl and dressing her up in an Indian outfit.”

Marlon responded, “I was distressed that people should have booed and whistled and stomped, even though perhaps it was directed at myself. They should have at least had the courtesy to listen to her.”

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Review John Wayne’s Last Speech, The Touching Oscar Speech .

John Wayne was an iconic actor that sadly passed away after several bouts of cancer. His last role was very close to home as he played a gunfighter dying of cancer in The Shootist. His final public appearance was at the 1979 Oscars and he shared a touching speech.

He said, “Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. That’s just about the only medicine a fellow could ever really need. Believe me when I tell you that I’m mighty pleased that I can amble down here tonight.

Well, Oscar and I have something in common. Oscar first came to the Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We’re both a little weather-beaten, but we’re still here and plan to be around for a whole lot longer.”

Then, John announced the five nominees for the outstanding picture of the year. That year they were The Deer Hunter, Coming Home, Midnight Express, An Unmarried Woman, and Heaven Can Wait. He announced The Deer Hunter was the winner and helped hand out awards.

Unfortunately, a few months later he eventually died of stomach cancer. He had been bravely going through trials to help scientists work on a vaccine. He was 72 years old at the time of death and was survived by his wife Pilar Pallete and his seven children. The kids now work together on a foundation to help cure cancer.

Watch John’s speech at the Oscars below and relive the moment that happened back in 1979. Then comment and tell us, what was your favorite John Wayne movie?

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John Wayne’s Son Ethan fulfills his late father’s unfinished dreams .

John Wayne was an iconic force during Hollywood’s Golden Age. The actor and filmmaker’s starring roles in western and war movies made him a household name. However, the Duke was a multi-dimensional man with an array of passions outside of acting. One of his passions was liquor, specifically bourbon, according to his son Ethan Wayne. In honor of his late father John Wayne’s unfinished dreams, Ethan is launching a liquor line.

Ethan Wayne joined Fox Business for a chat on Friday to speak about the specialty liquor. Joining him was founder and CEO of Duke Spirits, Chris Ramonski.Ethan explained to Fox Business how he knew the Duke had a passion for spirits. “Well, my father had many different interests, but he was busy,” Wayne said. “He’d make two films, he was gone 6 months per year… Then he’s gotta come back and deal with family. Three wives, and other business.”

Ethan Wayne Says New Liquor Is Timeless

The actor’s son continues, “So, [between] spirits, and mining, and ranching, and farming, he just didn’t have time to get to everything. When we got into our archive…I saw all the bourbons, tequilas, wines and champagnes that had been stored there for 40 years…We looked at it, we knew what he [John Wayne] liked, and we thought it was appropriate to bring something to market that was timeless over trend.”He explains of the newly launched liquor, “I think that’s what you’ll find in this bottle, you’ll have authentic quality spirits. Whether it’s whiskey, or whether it’s tequila.”

Meanwhile, Chris Radomski opened up about the process of recreating John Wayne’s favorite in an authentic way. He tells Fox that when Ethan shared what he had uncovered in the archive, it presented a unique opportunity. Duke spirits was able to taste the spirits that John Wayne himself kept. “There really was a definitive profile, like anything else made 30,40,50 years ago– it’s just done differently,” Ramonski dishes. He adds, “I was in the wine industry a long time and we were able to sort of re-engineer given what we had, and the evidence, to do something a little bit different. I think it’s really reflective in the bottle. I like to drink it.”

Duke Distillery Tequila To Support John Wayne Cancer Foundation

Ethan Wayne later chimed in with a cheeky comment to sell the liquor. “I think you should buy bourbon now, because at the rate that our government is printing money, this bourbon will become more valuable over time,” he jokes. Chris Romanski chuckled in response, adding at the end of the interview, “It’s our pleasure to [fill] the legacy, and do something a little bit different.”The distillery launched a limited line of tequila that supports the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, an organization whose mission is to “bring courage, strength, and grit to the fight against cancer.”

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