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Thursday, June 11, 2009

This Day In History

From History.com:
1979 : John Wayne dies

On this day in 1979, John Wayne, an iconic American film actor famous for starring in countless westerns, dies at age 72 after battling cancer for more than a decade.

The actor was born Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa, and moved as a child to Glendale, California. A football star at Glendale High School, he attended the University of Southern California on a scholarship but dropped out after two years. After finding work as a movie studio laborer, Wayne befriended director John Ford, then a rising talent. His first acting jobs were bit parts in which he was credited as Duke Morrison, a childhood nickname derived from the name of his beloved pet dog.

Ah, The Duke. One of my favorite all-time actors.

Some people remember where they were and what they were doing the day they heard J.F.K., Elvis, even John Lennon died. I can tell you exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard about The Duke.
You wouldn't be interested so I won't. But I do remember a feeling of a big loss.

"Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid."

"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."

"If you've got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow."
John Wayne
Famous movie quotes:
"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them."
John Bernard Books (The Shootist)

"All battles are fought by scared men who'd rather be some place else."
Capt. Rockwell Torrey (In Harm's Way)

"I'm looking at a tin star with a ... DRUNK pinned on it."
(El Dorado)

"I haven't lost my temper in 40 years; but, Pilgrim, you caused a lot of trouble this morning; might have got somebody killed; and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won't. I won't. The hell I won't!"

"Burnin' Daylight!"
(The Cowboys)



Jean said...

An idol, a hero, a real man.
Thanks for remembering him.

curmudgeon said...

I still watch a bunch of his movies.