John Wayne

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Texas Honors John Wayne’s 50-Year Career with a Museum

Marion Robert Morrison might not be a name that resonates with audiences as a star in the galaxy of Hollywood, but, when according to legend, director Raoul Walsh advised the Winterset, Iowa native to change his moniker to benefit his career, the icon that is John Wayne was born. With a career that started in the 1920s and encompassed more than 175 film and television roles through the 1970s, Wayne epitomized the image of the rugged American male, especially in western and war films such as Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers, The Quiet Man and the role that would land him a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actor, True Grit.