May 25, 2011

In Honor of John Wayne

In honor of John Wayne's birthday, born May 26, 1907, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of his most memorable movie moments. I've shared here before that my family and I are huge John Wayne fans. Through the years, we've collected a good share of his movies and enjoy them often. 

He began in Hollywood as a prop man where he became close friends with John Ford. In time, he began doing small parts and his first featured film was Men Without Women in 1930. Nine years later he hit it big in the film Stagecoach. In his lifetime, he appeared in nearly 250 movies. Here are a few of our favorites:


John Wayne starred alongside Maureen O'Hara in five films including The Quiet Man (1952) and McLintock! (1963)


Best-known for his roles in Westerns, he also starred in many war movies and comedies such as North to Alaska (1960), Hatari (1962), and Donovan's Reef (1963). 


Some of his most well-known westerns are: Hondo (1953), The Searchers (1956)
True Grit (1969), Chisum (1970)




The Cowboys (1972) and Rooster Cogburn (1975).



Here's one of our favorite movie clips from Rio Bravo (1959) with Dean Martin, Walter Brennan and Ricky Nelson. 


The Duke's last film was The Shootist in 1976. He died of cancer on June 11, 1979, but still remains a film hero in many families across America. What about you? Do you have a favorite John Wayne movie? Share with us here. 
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