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John Wayne picks his favourite John Wayne films

Due to his continued dedication to honing his craft, John Wayne soon became synonymous with the western genre, closely working with John Ford on pictures such as The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance to create a legacy like no other. Wayne was one of the biggest stars of the silver screen during Hollywood’s Golden Era, starring in over 170 films, and his name still carries huge weight to this day.
After injuring himself in a bodysurfing incident, Wayne lost his university scholarship, and his sporting career was no longer viable, forcing him to withdraw from education. However, because his coach, Howard Jones, often gave western star Tom Mix free tickets to USC games, Ford and Mix returned the favour by hiring Wayne as a prop boy. Following several small or uncredited roles in silent films, he received his first leading role in 1930’s The Big Trail after director Raoul Walsh saw Wayne working behind the scenes.
Due to the commercial failure of The Big Trail, Wayne spent the early years of his career playing minor roles in big films or leading cheaply-made Poverty Row westerns. Within these films, he helped to pioneer the idea that good characters could fight with the same intensity as the bad guys. Wayne stated (via, “Before I came along, it was standard practice that the hero must always fight clean. The heavy was allowed to hit the hero in the head with a chair or throw a kerosene lamp at him or kick him in the stomach, but the hero could only knock the villain down politely and then wait until he rose. I changed all that. I threw chairs and lamps. I fought hard, and I fought dirty. I fought to win.”
His burgeoning influence on cinema was evident from the beginning, although it was not until 1939 that he truly broke into the industry with his role in Ford’s landmark western Stagecoach. Soon enough, Wayne was a symbol of machismo and personified the all-American man, conveying the ideals and values of his country.
The actor once selected his favourite roles from his career in an interview with Phil Donahue in 1976. Of course, his first pick was the film that allowed him to emerge into the spotlight, Stagecoach. He stated, “I love Stagecoach naturally because I stepped on that stagecoach, and it carried me a long way.” The film was shot in Monument Valley in the Southwest of America and followed a group of stagecoach passengers, including Wayne’s Ringo Kid, who is picked up after his horse leaves him stranded. According to actor Louise Platt, in a letter recalling the film’s production, Ford believed that Wayne would become “the biggest star ever because he is the perfect ‘everyman’.” Although Stagecoach lost out on winning ‘Best Picture’ at the Academy Awards, it scooped up ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for Thomas Mitchell and ‘Best Score’.
Another of Wayne’s favourite films he starred in was Hatari! from 1962. Directed by Howard Hawks, Wayne appears as a game catcher in Africa. Shot in Tanganyika, now Tanzania, the film became the seventh highest-grossing movie of the year. Hatari! is not regarded as one of Hawks’ greatest films, a title much more likely to be given to another of his collaborations with Wayne – Rio Bravo. Still, Wayne loved the film, although it appears that he loved the shooting location more than the final product. “I like Hatari! which was a picture we made in Africa because I had a three-month safari free. I mean, rich men don’t get that, you know.”
Finally, his last pick was Ford’s The Quiet Man, released in 1952. The romantic comedy follows Wayne’s Sean Thorton as he travels from Pittsburgh to his native Innisfree in Ireland to buy his family’s farm. Upon its release, Wayne was praised for his performance, although contemporary critics have noted that his character displays glaringly misogynistic attributes through his exertion of control over the women around him. Ford won the ‘Best Director’ Oscar for the film, and Winton C. Hoch and Archie Stout took home ‘Best Cinematography – Colour’ for their stunning shots of the Irish countryside. Wayne explained his love for shooting the film: “I got to work with all the Abbey Players and some forebears of my own family.”
John Wayne’s favourite John Wayne films:

Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)
Hatari! (Howard Hawks, 1962)
The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952)

Phil Donahue interviews John Wayne (1976)

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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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Elvis Presley has accompanied John Wayne , will the partnership hinder his career ?

Elvis Presley nearly starred alongside another titan of entertainment, John Wayne, as La Boeuf in the 1969 film, True Grit. The star of 31 movies throughout his illustrious career, Elvis Presley was the epitome of an entertainer. His proposed co-star, John Wayne, known as “The Duke” to his fans, starred in an estimated 150 movies throughout his career that spanned over 50 years. Of course, one of those films included True Grit sans Presley.

In his 1994 book, Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, author Peter Guralnick writes how Presley’s initial interest in acting sparked from watching critically acclaimed actors, such as James Dean and Marlon Brando. Desperate to get the musician on the silver screen, Presley’s long-time manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was able to sign a contract with Paramount Pictures, which also allowed him to make films with other studios.

Presley made his feature debuted in 1956 with Love Me Tender, which also featured an accompanying soundtrack of songs recorded by the film’s star. Although he was preeminent known for romantic musicals, Presley was eager to star in more dramatic roles like his actor idols.

At this point in his career, John Wayne was an iconic Western star, akin to Clint Eastwood. 30 years after Stagecoach, the film that made him a star, Wayne was set to make what would be one of his last commercial successes with True Grit in 1969. Presley, whose career was also involved its twilight years, strived to recapture the public spotlight by attempting to reemerge in more dramatic films such as Midnight Cowboy, A Star is Born, and True Grit. However, Presley’s attendant demands that came with him starring in True Grit cost him the role.

As was the case with many of the films Elvis Presley nearly starred in at the time, producers eventually declined due to the high demands associated with the musician. As his manager did with all of Presley’s films, Parker requested his client get top billing in the picture. With a star already as big as Wayne, producers declined the offer. Following this, the producers turned to another musician with country music star Glen Campbell, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in the film. True Grit eventually earned Wayne his Academy Award, despite his reported displeasure with the final result of the picture.

In defiance of their declining careers, these two goliaths of entertainment could have starred alongside one another in what is now regarded as one of the better John Wayne movies and one of the best westerns overall to grace the silver screen. Although True Grit earned Wayne his only Academy Award, one has to wonder “what if?” Unfortunately, the two actors’ star power was only matched by the embittered egos as these two waning icons of a bygone era quarreled to sustain successful careers in an ever-changing world.

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