John Wayne 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 physical presence.
- May 26, 1907: Born Marion Michael Morrison
- 1930: First lead acting role in The Big Trail
- 1939: Stagecoach
- 1969: Won Academy Award for Best Actor in True Grit
- June 11, 1979: Died of stomach cancer in Los Angeles California