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John Wayne Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is John Wayne worth? $50 Million

How did John Wayne earn his money and wealth?

John Wayne was born on May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa to Mary Alberta and Clyde Leonard Morrison and died on June 11, 1979, in Los Angeles, California. John Wayne was professionally known as Marion Mitchell Morrison. He was an American actor and filmmaker. His first role was in the film ‘The Big Trail” in the year 1930. To take advantage of the beautiful scenery of the American Southwest which was largely unpopulated at that time, the movie was filmed in two versions: a standard 35-mm version and another new 70-mm version in which innovative camera and lenses were used.

Even though the critics regarded the movie with good reviews, it was considered to be a big flop at that time. After the failure of ‘The Big Trail’ commercially, John Wayne went on to do small roles in movies like Columbia’s The Deceiver in the year 1931. He also went on to work in the serial ‘The Three Musketeers’ in the year 1993. Going by the estimation given by John Wayne himself, he has appeared in around 80 of the horse operas from the year 1930 to 1939. In 1993, he became one of the first singing cowboys in the ‘Riders of Destiny’. John Wayne and stuntman Yakima Canutt developed stunts which are still in use today.

John Wayne’s breakthrough role was in the film ‘Stagecoach’ in the year 1939. The movie was a big critical and financial success due to which John Wayne became a mainstream star. John Wayne’s first color movie was the ‘Shepherd of the Hills’ in the year 1941 where he co-starred with his fellow friend Harry Carey. In the year 1949, John Wayne was offered the starring role of ‘All the King’s men’. However, he refused to work in the film and Broderick Crawford eventually got the role. John Wayne lost the leading role in the movie ‘The Gunfighter’ in the year 1950 to Gregory Peck as he refused to work for Columbia Pictures.

One of John Wayne’s best-known roles was in the film ‘The High and the Mighty’ (1954) which was based on a novel by Ernest K. Gann. He is also known for his roles in “Flying Tigers”, “Flying Leatherneck”, “Island in the Sky”, “The Wings of Eagles”, and “Jet Pilot”. He has worked in more than two dozen movies.

John Wayne won an Oscar award in the category Best Actor for the film ‘True Grit’ (1969). He also received a nomination in the category- Producer of Best Picture for ‘The Alamo’ (1960).

What are the highest grossing movies of John Wayne?

1-The Shootist (1976): $8,091,910

2-How the West Was Won (1962): $76,729

3-Wake of the Red Witch (1949): N/A

4-Flying Leathernecks (1951): N/A

5-The Telegraph Trail (1933): N/A

Read More: Best Movies of John Wayne

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