John Wayne

American actor (1907–1979)

Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907June 11, 1979), better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director and producer.

John Wayne in 1940


  • We had a pretty good time together, when she wasn't trying to kill me!
    • 1954, in an interview with Hedda Hopper regarding his marriage to Esperanza "Chata" Baur.
    • Quoted in An A–Z of Hellraisers: A Comprehensive Compendium of Outrageous Insobriety (2010) by Robert Sellers [1]
  • Wow! If I'd have known that I would have put that patch on thirty-five years earlier. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm no stranger to this podium. I've come up here and picked up these beautiful golden men before, but always for friends. One night I picked up two: one for Admiral John Ford, one for our beloved Gary Cooper. I was very clever and witty that night, the envy of even Bob Hope, but tonight I don't feel very clever or very witty. I feel very grateful, very humble, and all thanks to many, many people. I want to thank the members of the Academy. To all you people who are watching on television, thank you for taking such a warm interest in our glorious industry. Good night.
  • In fact, I don't even call myself an actor. I'm a reactor. I listen to what to what the other guys says and I react to it. That's the John Wayne method.
    • Speaking in 1958 with Charles Hamblett; as quoted in The Hollywood Cage (1969) by Hamblett, reproduced in "The Hollywood Cage': Wayne Has Method, Goldwyn Has Hope, Welles Has Wasteland" by Hamblett, The Philadelphia Inquirer (May 4, 1969), p. 109
  • I eat as much as I ever did, I drink more than I should, and my sex life is none of your goddamned business.
  • There's a lot of things great about life. But I think tomorrow is the most important thing. Comes in to us at midnight very clean, ya know. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.
  • With a lot of blacks, there's quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully so. But we can't all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks. I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don't believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.
  • The picture business has grown up since I got into it 15 years ago, has acquired a dignity that is beyond reproach. Hollywood is, today, a quiet town compared to other places I have been and can, moreover, be pretty proud of itself, having pushed more charities, given more time to selling war bonds and more talent to entertaining servicemen than any other town in any other part of the country.

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  • John Wayne was such a nice man, but he was always a little shy with women, especially blondes.
    • Anna Lee, Wayne's co-star in Seven Sinners (1940), Flying Tigers (1942) and Fort Apache (1948), speaking with Ron Miller, summer 1983; as quoted in Conversations with Classic Film Stars; Interviews from Hollywood's Golden Era (2016) by Miller and James Bawden, p. 215

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