January 29, 2015


15 Amazing Facts About John Wayne

The Real John Wayne

The Real John Wayne

You may know “the Duke” or think you know “the Duke”. But I betcha you were not aware of the facts posted further below about Marion Mitchell Morrison aka. John Wayne.

A Harris Poll, released January 2011, placed Wayne third among America’s favorite film stars, the only deceased star on the list and the only one who has appeared on the poll every year since it first began in 1994.


1. 13lbs: the weight of John Wayne at birth.

2. 142: movies, out of the 175 he made, in which John Wayne was the lead (more leads than any other actor).

3. 8: John Wayne movies in which his character died.

4. 23: times that John Wayne addressed Jimmy Stewart as “pilgrim” in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence”.

5. 5: number of packs of Camel cigarettes John Wayne smoked per day.

6. 0: times, since the inception of the Harris poll of America’s Favorite Film Stars in 1994, that John Wayne has been out of the top ten.

7. 2: awards given to John Wayne by the U.S. government – the Congressional Medal (1979) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (posthumously, in 1980).

8: 3: the number of spouses John Wayne had: Josephine Alicia Saenz (m. 1933–1945), Esperanza Baur (m. 1946–1954), Pilar Pallete (m. 1954–1979) .

9: 72: John Wayne’s age when he died on June 11, 1979.

10: 1906: John Wayne’s birth year (May 26, 1907).

11. 1969: the year the classic “True Grit” was released to the public.

12. 6’4: John Wayne’s height.

13. “Rooster Cogburn“: John Wayne’s character name in “True Grit”.

14: “Of course not!“: answer to the question “Was John Wayne gay?

15. Winterset, Iowa: John Wayne‘s birth place.

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