About John Wayne Autographed Memorabilia & Collectibles
The late Marion Robert Morrison, or better known as John Wayne, is truly an American icon need to be remembered on his greatest achievements as film actor and director of the twentieth century. According to sources, he appeared in nearly 250 movies. Wayne was an active football player during his college days in the University of Southern California. By his football scholarship he played on USC football team under the legendary coach Howard Jones. But unluckily, he lost his scholarship due to an injury he got off the football field. He left the university and found a work at a local film studio where he met actor Tom Mix, an actor of many western movies. Afterwards he shifted on doing bit roles and became close friends with director John Ford.
His first starring role was in the 1930 film “The Big Trail” which directed by Raoul Walsh, where he also got his screen name as “John Wayne”. Unfortunately, the film was a huge flop in the box-office and demoted him to smaller roles in his next movies. In 1933, Wayne portrayed as Lt. Tom Wayne in the film serial “The Three Musketters” starred by Jack Mulhall, Raymond Hatton, and Francis X. Bushman, Jr.; and was the first singing cowboy in the Western musical film “Riders of Destiny”. In 1939, with director John Ford, Wayne got his breakthrough role in the film “Stagecoach” with co-stars Claire Trevor and Thomas Mitchell. His first color film was in the 1941 movie “Shepherd of the Hills” in which he co-starred his long-time friend Harry Carey. Among his most famous role was in the 1954 film “The High and the Mighty”, where he portrayed as heroic co-pilot together with Laraine Day as one of the passengers. He also worked with Vera Miles in the movie “The Searchers” in 1956 and with Robert Duvall for the movie “True Grit” in 1969. Wayne continued on making remarkable films until 1976.
Wayne died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979; nevertheless, his name will always be among the “Greatest Male Stars of All Times”.