John Wayne is one of my favorite actors and I bet he is either on top or high up on your list of favorites. He played a lot of different parts in a lot of different pictures, but he is most remembered for his westerns and even today, public polls show him as one of the most popular actors of all time!! But let's start from the beginning.
John Wayne was born on this day in 1907 in Winterset, Iowa. When he was sixteen years old, his family moved to Glendale, California. When he was a teenager, he got up in the mornings at 04:00 to deliver newspapers and in the evening he played football and made deliveries for some local stores. After high school, he attended the University of Southern California on a football scholarship. His football coach found him a job in 1926 as an assistant prop man on the set of a movie directed by John Ford. Mr. Ford started using him an extra, and he moved up from there to become the star we all remember.
His last movie was in 1976, The Shootist, and in it he played a gunfighter who was dying of cancer and at the time he was fighting lung cancer. Three years later, John Wayne died of his cancer. I am sure he knew he had cancer when he made that movie, don't you think so? Now, let me know what you think of John Wayne and the characters that he played and make real sure you all have a great day, you hear?