John Wayne’s Phase Identify Impressed by His ‘Favorite American Hero,’ Director John Ford Stated

John Wayne was not his authentic identify. Wayne was born Marion Michael Morrison. Most admirers of The Duke know that by now, but did you know it was Stagecoach director John Ford who named him? And did you know what his final identify was based mostly on? 

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This is one of the tales unveiled on a new 4K UHD version of the classic western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, now offered. In the bonus features, Ford himself tells the story of naming Wayne soon after Wayne’s individual hero.

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