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Oscar: Career Oscars–John Wayne

Career Oscars: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Geraldine Page

Grant, Cary: Career Comparisons with John Wayne?

John Wayne’s career resembled in some respects Cary Grant’s. Grant started his acting career at Paramount, in 1932, playing second fiddle to the studio’s major star, Gary Cooper.  John Wayne, born in 1907 and thus only younger than Grant by 3 years, began as a stunt man and but player in the late 1920s and early […]

Oscar Politics: John Wayne and Sands of Iwo Jima

The campaign proved to be effective as John Wayne received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination.

John Wayne: Missed or Rejected Roles–Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks offered Wayne the role of the Waco Kid (eventually well played by Gene Wilder) in his 1974 spoof Western film Blazing Saddles. After reading the script Wayne declined, fearing the dialogue was “too dirty” for his family image, but told Brooks that he would be “first in line” to see the movie. Share […]

John Wayne: Missed or Rejected Roles–Dirty Harry

Though John Wayne actively campaigned for the title role in Don Siegel’s violent policier, Dirty Harry, in 1971, Warner decided that at 63 he was too old, and instead cast the 41-year-old Clint Eastwood. Dirty Harry became one of Eastwood’s most iconic roles, leading to a whole franchise.       Share this: