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The Duke takes his place in history.
John Wayne, one of America's greatest actors and
directors of all time. His fame and superstardom led to many
problems in his career. His image as an icon of American
individualism and the frontier spirit has overshadowed his
career to such an extent that it is almost impossible for the
fans and writers to separate Wayne the legend from Wayne
the actor and Wayne the man.
Before the start of his movie career he played football
at USC under his birth name, Marion Michael Morrison. He
held many behind-the-scene jobs at Fox before moving in
front of the cameras in the late 1920's in a series of small
roles. Director John Ford, who befriended ' the Duke';,
recommended him for the lead role in Raoul Walsh's western
epic, The Big Trail. Wayne did not let the stardom go to his
head. He spent the rest of the decade making his way
through a series of low budget films whose failing budgets
and quick shooting schedul...
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