John Wayne called himself as Duke because his constant childhood companion was a dog named “Little Duke” 

He played football during his school days and won a football scholarship 

An actorwhose screen portrayed him a  men of duty, honor and courage 

Director John Ford offered him his first film in 1928 called “Mother Machree".  

His memorable iconic westerns included “The Searchers” and “Rio Bravo.” 

Wayne only received one Oscar for best actor in a leading role for True Grit(1969).  

John Wayne married three times before he passed away-first to Josephine Alicia Saenz, then to Esperanza Baur, and lastly to Pilar Pallete in 1979