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  • John Wayne

    Born on May 26, 1907 in Winterset, Iowa

awards & nominations

True Grit (1969)

John Wayne as "Rooster Cogburn"

After hired hand Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey) murders the father of 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Kim Darby), she seeks vengeance and hires U.S. Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), a man of "true grit," to track Chaney into Indian territory. As the two begin their pursuit, a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf (Glen Campbell), joins the manhunt in hopes of capturing Chaney for the murder of a Texas senator and collecting a substantial reward. The three clash on their quest of bringing to justice the same man.

Academy Award (1969) Won Best Actor
Golden Globe (1969) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

John Wayne as "Sgt. John M. Stryker"

Marine Sgt. John Stryker (John Wayne) is despised by his own men for his rough attitude and exhausting training regimen. As the war in the Pacific progresses, though, they begin to respect Stryker's hard-edged outlook on war and his brutal training methods, as it has helped them prepare for the harsh realities of the battlefield. They'll need all of Stryker's battle tactics if they want to survive what will end up being one of the bloodiest engagements of the war: the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Academy Award (1949) Nominated Best Actor

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