Stagecoach - 1939 ~~ Sands of Iwo Jima - 1949


Rio Grande - 1950 ~~ The Searchers (his personal favorite) 1956


The Longest Day - 1962 ~~ The Green Berets - 1968


John Wayne, born 100 years ago May 26, was a movie star of unrivaled mass appeal, an actor of matchless swagger and force—and one of the most controversial film icons ever. The man who made immortal characters of the obsessive tracker Ethan Edwards (in “The Searchers"), the tormented boxer Sean Thornton ("The Quiet Man") and the brutal cattle baron Tom Dunson ("Red River") was both deceptively simple and mysterious, a fascinatingly durable guy who began in Poverty Row westerns and became the most popular movie star of the 20th Century—despite that, for much of his career, he was blasted by some critics who found his acting predictable, his range limited, his movies repetitive and his politics obnoxious.

The public didn’t agree. They still don’t. And they were right. Last year, Wayne—born Marion Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, and nicknamed “Duke” in boyhood—was named the third most popular movie star in a 2007 Harris Poll, despite the fact that he’s been dead for 27 years. Yet, the more than 150 movies he made between 1930 (his first year as John Wayne in “The Big Trail") and 1976, the year of his swan song “The Shootist,” are still alive, still enjoyed by millions.

Happy Birthday, Duke.....we sure do miss yah, pilgrim. Give Jed a few pats on the belly for us.

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