History Creator / JohnWayne

24th Jun '16 6:11:31 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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A former college football star at USC (a leg injury led to his well-known gait), Wayne got his start as a bit actor before Creator/JohnFord cast him as a major player in the movie ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}''. From there, he went on to appear in dozens of Westerns, including ''Film/SheWoreAYellowRibbon'', ''Film/TrueGrit'', ''Film/TheSearchers'', and ''Film/McLintock''. Occasionally, he switched to being a soldier (assuming, as was the case in ''Ribbon'', he wasn't both at the same time), and his wartime roles include a paratrooper in ''Film/TheLongestDay''.

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A former college football star at USC (a leg injury led to his well-known gait), Wayne got his start as a bit actor before Creator/JohnFord cast him as a major player in the movie ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}''. ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}.'' From there, he went on to appear in dozens of Westerns, including ''Film/SheWoreAYellowRibbon'', ''Film/TrueGrit'', ''Film/TheSearchers'', ''Film/SheWoreAYellowRibbon,'' ''Film/TrueGrit,'' ''Film/TheSearchers,'' and ''Film/McLintock''. ''Film/McLintock.'' Occasionally, he switched to being a soldier (assuming, as was the case in ''Ribbon'', ''Ribbon,'' he wasn't both at the same time), and his wartime roles include a paratrooper in ''Film/TheLongestDay''.
''Film/TheLongestDay.''
30th May '16 1:04:09 PM Kate
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If there is a trope in TheWestern, odds are [[TropeCodifier Wayne used it]] (or, almost just as likely, ''[[TropeMaker invented]]'' it). He also did lots of things that are covered by the RuleOfCool. But above all, he just made great movies that people love to watch, full of suspense, silliness, fistfights, and down-home American values. No wonder his style is [[{{Eagleland}} often the caricature of America]] overseas, although nowadays his roles would likely be filled by a BoisterousBruiser.

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If there is a trope in TheWestern, odds are [[TropeCodifier Wayne used it]] (or, almost just as likely, ''[[TropeMaker invented]]'' it). (As a 17-year-old set dresser, he met an ageing Wyatt Earp several times, and is said to have based his Western characters on his perception of Earp from their conversations). He also did lots of things that are covered by the RuleOfCool. But above all, he just made great movies that people love to watch, full of suspense, silliness, fistfights, and down-home American values. No wonder his style is [[{{Eagleland}} often the caricature of America]] overseas, although nowadays his roles would likely be filled by a BoisterousBruiser.
21st Apr '16 4:46:02 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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Although Wayne is known for his conservative activism - among other causes, he supported the Hollywood blacklist and the VietnamWar - he rarely let politics interfere with whom he worked with. Creator/KirkDouglas, as liberal as Wayne was conservative, praised Wayne for his willingness to keep promises and help other actors find roles.[[note]]Douglas cited ''Cast a Giant Shadow'' as an example; the film's director, Melville Shavelson, spent years trying to interest studios in the project, without success. Shavelson showed the script to Wayne, who liked it but thought he was wrong for the lead role, Mickey Marcus. He convinced Shavelson to cast Kirk Douglas instead, appearing in a brief cameo, while helping to secure financing and studio backing for Shavelson behind the scenes.[[/note]] When Creator/GeorgeTakei balked at appearing in ''FZilm/TheGreenBerets'' for political reasons, Wayne told Takei that he didn't mind his politics - he only cared that Takei was right for his part. More than anyone else, Wayne is probably the one responsible for [[AmericanPoliticalSystem shifting American conservatism away from its genteel, country-club image and toward the rough-and-tumble, often disgruntled cultural attitude it has today]].

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Although Wayne is known for his conservative activism - among other causes, he supported the Hollywood blacklist and the VietnamWar - he rarely let politics interfere with whom he worked with. Creator/KirkDouglas, as liberal as Wayne was conservative, praised Wayne for his willingness to keep promises and help other actors find roles.[[note]]Douglas cited ''Cast a Giant Shadow'' as an example; the film's director, Melville Shavelson, spent years trying to interest studios in the project, without success. Shavelson showed the script to Wayne, who liked it but thought he was wrong for the lead role, Mickey Marcus. He convinced Shavelson to cast Kirk Douglas instead, appearing in a brief cameo, while helping to secure financing and studio backing for Shavelson behind the scenes.[[/note]] When Creator/GeorgeTakei balked at appearing in ''FZilm/TheGreenBerets'' ''Film/TheGreenBerets'' for political reasons, Wayne told Takei that he didn't mind his politics - he only cared that Takei was right for his part. More than anyone else, Wayne is probably the one responsible for [[AmericanPoliticalSystem shifting American conservatism away from its genteel, country-club image and toward the rough-and-tumble, often disgruntled cultural attitude it has today]].
6th Mar '16 9:57:59 PM KevinKlawitter
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* ''Film/BigJimMcLain'' (1952): Wayne's love letter to the RedScare, infamously casting himself as a heroic HUAC agent assigned to root out Soviet spies in Hawaii. The first film Wayne produced as well as starred in.
6th Mar '16 8:25:17 PM JulianLapostat
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His son Patrick is infamous for (badly) hosting the 1990 version of ''Series/TicTacDough''.

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His son Patrick is infamous for (badly) hosting the 1990 version of ''Series/TicTacDough''.
''Series/TicTacDough'' and respected by cinephiles as a good character actor in many of Creator/JohnFord's films.
6th Mar '16 4:52:16 PM themisterfree
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His son Patrick is infamous for (badly) hosting the 1990 version of ''Series/TicTacDough''.
8th Feb '16 1:02:51 AM ChrisX
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Is the [[TropePantheon Patron God]] of TheWestern, TheWildWest, and {{Cowboy}}s. His most likely SpiritualSuccessor (in terms of cultural impact and filling the same types of roles) is Creator/ChuckNorris.

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Is the [[TropePantheon Patron God]] of TheWestern, TheWildWest, and {{Cowboy}}s. His most likely SpiritualSuccessor (in terms of cultural impact and filling the same types of roles) is Creator/ChuckNorris.
21st Jan '16 7:43:45 AM RushLimborg
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* ''Film/HowTheWestWasWon'': Wayne plays General Sherman in the "Civil War" storyline.
10th Dec '15 7:57:54 AM GunarmDyne
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* ''Film/DonovansReef'' (1963): Wayne is Michael Patrick Donovan, a World War II veteran living in French Polynesia who pretends to be the father of his friend's children when said friend's long-lost daughter arrives unexpectedly.
21st Nov '15 9:57:55 AM Ironbear
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However, as said earlier, just about all of his movie roles were the same: A gruff man, world-weary and realistic, but definitely [[{{Determinator}} not one to take no for an answer]]; probably harder on himself than anyone else is; not a fan of violence, but when the chips are down, turns out to be a spectacular fighter; at best confused about women and at worst saw them as a hindrance, but eventually warms up to one and gets over his prejudices; on the other hand, on occasion holding views on minorities, [[Film/TheSearchers especially Native Americans,]] that are shockingly racist [[UpToEleven even for the times]]. (''Film/{{Hondo}}'' is a notable aversion of that last one....)

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However, as said earlier, just about all of his movie roles were the same: A gruff man, world-weary and realistic, but definitely [[{{Determinator}} not one to take no for an answer]]; probably harder on himself than anyone else is; not a fan of violence, but when the chips are down, turns out to be a spectacular fighter; at best confused about women and at worst saw them as a hindrance, but eventually warms up to one and gets over his prejudices; on the other hand, on occasion holding often said to hold views on minorities, [[Film/TheSearchers especially Native Americans,]] that are shockingly racist [[UpToEleven even for the times]]. (''Film/{{Hondo}}'' is a notable aversion of that last one....)
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