- (This page is about the Hollywood actor. For the reggae artist of the same name, see John Wayne(2).)
Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), better known by his stage name John Wayne and the nickname Duke, was an American actor, director, and producer. An Academy Award-winner for True Grit (1969), Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. Born in Winterset, Iowa, Wayne grew up in Southern California. He found work at local film studios when he lost his football scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC) as a result of a bodysurfing accident. Initially working for the Fox Film Corporation, he mostly appeared in small bit parts. His first leading role came in Raoul Walsh's lavish widescreen epic The Big Trail (1930), which led to leading roles in numerous B movies throughout the 1930s, many of them in the Western genre. (Read more at Wikipedia.)
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In the 1960s and 1970s, John Wayne was famous for his outspoken, highly conservative political views, as well as his acting. He expressed strong support for the Vietnam war, criticised student protesters, and proclaimed a belief in white supremacy. He was a member of the Republican party and a prominent supporter of politicians such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. All this made him unpopular with the hippy generation, who saw him as standing for everything they opposed. Although he wasn't a singer, he made records to express his patriotism.
Peel played a track from a 1973 album by John Wayne, who on the LP was speaking with orchestral music in the background, on his 21 August 1985 show, in between playing a reggae singer also called John Wayne(2) and a cowpunk alternative country band named Jon Wayne, whose spelling was different from the others.
- 21 August 1985: Why I Love Her (LP - America, Why I Love Her) RCA
- 13 April 1991: Snippets from America Why I Love Ya