John Wayne’s Most Controversial Views Have Resurfaced, And They’ve Transformed His Legacy

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Marion Morrison remains one of the most iconic actors to ever grace the silver screen. Better known under his stage name – John Wayne – the performer, also known as Duke, defined the Western genre like no other actor had before, or arguably has ever done since. But there was also a lesser-known, dark side to Wayne that, thanks to recently resurfaced quotes, has come back to the public’s attention.

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Yet the image that most associate with Wayne is one of the all-American hero, resplendent in cowboy hat and spurs, wooing leading ladies and audiences alike as the charismatic hero of dozens of iconic movies. Stagecoach, The Searchers and True Grit are just some of the legendary movies that helped define the Western genre, complete with Wayne as the swashbuckling hero. Yet he also starred in many other hit movies crossing genres: Sands of Iwo Jima, The Quiet Man, and The Longest Day are prime examples.

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