Today we remember the legacy of the iconic American film actor famous for starring in countless westerns John Wayne. For it was on this very day in 1979 that we said goodbye to the legend who could no longer endure his decade-long battle with cancer.
Mr. Wayne came to be known for his conservative political views. He produced, directed and starred in The Alamo (1960) and The Green Berets (1968), both of which reflected his patriotic, conservative leanings. In 1969, he won an Oscar for his role as a drunken, one-eyed federal marshal named Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. Wayne’s last film was The Shootist (1976), in which he played a legendary gunslinger dying of cancer. The role had particular meaning, as the actor was fighting this disease in real life.
During four decades of acting, Wayne, with his trademark drawl and good looks, appeared in over 250 films. He was married three times and left behind seven children.
Mr. Wayne – you lived an incredible life. You showed us all that pure passion and belief in one self can help us reach our wildest dreams. May the legacy you left behind continue to inspire others for centuries to come. R.I.P.
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