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John Wayne

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Also Known As: Died: June 11, 1979
Born: May 26, 1907 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Winterset, Iowa, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Moved to, and raised in, California; worked on Fox lot during summer vacations; met John Ford
1927:
First film appearance (uncredited as member of USC football team) in "The Drop Kick"
1928:
First credited bit appearance (as Duke Morrison) in "Words and Music"
1930:
First lead role in "The Big Trail"
1930:
Played lead in numerous minor films (mostly westerns)
1939:
Became major star after playing the Ringo Kid in John Ford's "Stagecoach"
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Co-founded, and was president of, Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals
1947:
First film as producer (also actor), "Angel and the Badman"
1952:
Formed Batjac Film Production Co
1960:
Directing debut (also actor), "The Alamo"
1963:
Operation to remove cancerous lung
1978:
Open heart surgery
1979:
Stomach removed

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