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John Wayne

Born: May 26, 1907, Winterset, Iowa
Died: June 11, 1979 (age 72), Los Angeles, California

John Wayne (Marion Robert [Michael] Morrison) was an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American film actor. He epitomized rugged masculinity and has become an enduring American icon. He is famous for his distinctive voice, walk and height.

What do you know about John Wayne? Take this Western Stars Quick Quiz.

1. John Wayne’s nickname is Duke. Where did the nickname come from?

  • His pet dog
  • His uncle’s pet rabbit
  • His uncle

2. Which university did he win a football scholarship?

  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • San Diego State

3. How tall was John Wayne?

  • 6'-4½"
  • 6’
  • 6’8”

4. After spending many years as a B-Western star, which film made John Wayne a featured film star?

  • The High and the Mightly
  • To Hell and Back
  • Stagecoach

5. Which favorite leisure activities did John Wayne NOT enjoy playing?

  • cribbage
  • poker
  • chess

6. John Wayne won his best actor Oscar for his role in which movie?

  • True Grit
  • Sands of Iwo Jima
  • The Shootist

7. He is best known for his role in John Fords cavalry series. Which is NOT a movie in the series?

  • Fort Apache
  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
  • Rio Grande

8. Pictured on a 37¢ USA commemorative stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 9 September 2004. They held the first-day ceremonies at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Who is the character on the brochure?

  • Ethan Edwards "The Searchers"
  • Ringo Kid, “Stagecoach”
  • Rooster Cogburn, “True Grit”

9. In an 1969 appearance on TV’s “Laugh-In,” John Wayne appeared in what costume?

  • Pink fluffy bunny suit
  • Babe Ruth’s Yankee uniform
  • Dressed up like Dan Rowan

10. How many films did John Wayne play the leading part?

  • 50
  • 75
  • 142

11. In early Westerns he plays a singing cowboy. What is the character’s name?

  • “Crooner Charlie”
  • “Serenading Sunny”
  • “Singin’ Sandy”

12. What is the character’s name in his "Three Mesquiteers" series?

  • Duke Morrison
  • Stony Brooke
  • Harry Callahan

13. He team with actress Maureen O'Hara in numerous movies. What is the first film they did together?

  • Fort Apache
  • She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
  • Rio Grande
  • Horse Soldiers

14. What was the 1940 film that included both John Wayne and Roy Rogers?

  • Dark Command
  • Allegheny Uprising
  • Dakota

15. What movie was this a John Wayne line, “Never apologize, Mister, it's a sign of weakness”?

  • Long Voyage Home
  • The Searchers
  • She Wore A Yellow Ribbon

16. In the movie “Rio Bravo” what are John Wayne’s and Angie Dickinson’s ages?

  • Duke’s 52, Angie’s 28
  • Duke’s 62, Angie’s 37
  • Duke’s 57, Angie’s 18

17. Where is John Wayne buried?

  • Pacific View Memorial Park Cemetery, Corona del Mar, California
  • Forest Lawn, Burbank, CA
  • Monument Valley Memorial Park, Kayenta, Arizona

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  1. His pet dog
  2. University of Southern California (USC)
  3. 6'-4½"
  4. Stagecoach
  5. cribbage
  6. True Grit
  7. The Horse Soldiers
  8. Ethan Edwards The Searchers
  9. Pink fluffy bunny suit
  10. 142
  11. “Singin’ Sandy”
  12. Stony Brooke
  13. Rio Grande
  14. Dark Command
  15. She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
  16. Duke’s 52, Angie’s 28
  17. Pacific View Memorial Park Cemetery, Corona del Mar, California
    Plot: Bayview Terrace, section 575


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