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John Wayne [The Convert] (1907-1979)
McNamara's Blog ^ | Thursday, May 26, 2011 | Pat McNamara

Posted on 05/27/2011 5:52:35 AM PDT by GonzoII

John Wayne (1907-1979)


Today marks the 104th birthday of my favorite movie star (and Catholic convert), John Wayne (1907-1979). Born Marion Michael Morrison in Iowa, he grew up in California and attended the University of Southern California, where he played football. A surfing accident ended his football career and he got into the movie business as a prop boy. From there he found leading roles, mainly in B-Westerns, until his 1939 breakthrough role in Stagecoach. His work with director John Ford resulted in some of the greatest Westerns ever made: Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Searchers (1956) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). He won an Oscar in 1969 for his role in True Grit. From 1949 to 1974, he was on the top ten box office list every year but one, a record still unequaled.

Wayne was raised a Presbyterian, but all three of his wives were Catholic, and all his children were raised Catholic, attending Catholic schools. Several attended what is now Loyola-Marymount University. The Wayne family numbered many priests, religious and bishops among their friends. Toward the very end of his life, John Wayne was received into the Roman Catholic Church. His funeral Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Timothy Manning of Los Angeles.

Happy Birthday, Duke!


TOPICS: Catholic; History
KEYWORDS: catholic; conversions; johnwayne; theduke

"LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Wayne, known for his tough talking movie ways, rarely went to church. But 24 hours before he died "The Duke" became a Catholic and recieved the last rites, his family says.

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"Father Robert Curtis, a Paulist priest and chaplain at UCLA Medical Center where Wayne died Monday at age 72 after a long bout with cancer, confirmed the actor's conversion to Catholicism.

"John Wayne was recieved into the Catholic Church the day before he died," Curtis said in a statement read by Margaret Morris, a spokeswoman for St. Paul the Apostle's Church in Los Andeles. [sic]

"Mr. Wayne was conscious at the time. We are not at liberty to speak about something that is a personal matter between a priest and a penitent."

Michael Wayne was quoted in the New York Daily News as saying that his father asked Curtis to convert him the day before he died."

"I wasn't in the room at the time," Michael said, "but Father Curtis gave Dad the last sacraments. It was either Saturday or Sunday. I don't know all the technicalities of the church or what constitutes conversion but Dad did die in the church."-- THE FREE LANCE-STAR, Fredricksburg, Virginia, Thursday, June 14, 1979


1 posted on 05/27/2011 5:52:39 AM PDT by GonzoII
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To: Mrs. Don-o; Salvation; NYer; narses

Ping.


2 posted on 05/27/2011 5:54:30 AM PDT by GonzoII (Quia tu es, Deus, fortitudo mea...Quare tristis es anima mea?)
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To: GonzoII
I saw "Big Jake" on TV the other night. I haven't seen that film in a long time.

"I thought you was dead."
"Not hardly."

Pure Duke

3 posted on 05/27/2011 5:58:05 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: GonzoII
Happy Birthday Pilgrim!
4 posted on 05/27/2011 5:58:37 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: theDentist
I've got quite a collection of DVDs with the Duke. The Cowboys and True Grit are probably my favorites.
5 posted on 05/27/2011 6:00:42 AM PDT by GonzoII (Quia tu es, Deus, fortitudo mea...Quare tristis es anima mea?)
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To: theDentist
Big Jake:

“Now you listen up! If that boy gets hurt; your fault, my fault, no-body’s fault - I'm gonna blow your head off!”

6 posted on 05/27/2011 6:02:58 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: theDentist

An iconic John Wayne performance. I liked when he picked up the boy’s shirt to let the dog smell it and said, “My grandson wears THIS?!?”


7 posted on 05/27/2011 6:05:46 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Oh most loving Father, preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties.)
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To: GonzoII

In Harms’ Way, True Grit, Stagecoach, The Quiet Man: too many great films by the Duke to list here. Even as a liberal I liked John Wayne and his love for this country.


8 posted on 05/27/2011 6:10:09 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: GonzoII

He has a grandson who is a priest.

http://articles.latimes.com/2002/feb/25/news/mela-priest25


9 posted on 05/27/2011 6:16:08 AM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: GonzoII

Rio Bravo, El Dorado I never miss.


10 posted on 05/27/2011 6:20:23 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Hieronymus

I didn’t know that..


11 posted on 05/27/2011 6:22:18 AM PDT by GonzoII (Quia tu es, Deus, fortitudo mea...Quare tristis es anima mea?)
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To: GonzoII

Just this week introduced my 12 yr old daughter to the Duke in Sons of Katie Elder


12 posted on 05/27/2011 6:27:19 AM PDT by jobim
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To: GonzoII

In the 1920’s, when John Wayne was a lad named Marion Morrison, and played football for USC, he went bodysurfing one day near the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, and was injured. That accident turned out to be a lucky break, since the injury helped convince him to give up football and pursue an acting career. In 1928, cowboy star Tom Mix (a fan of Wayne’s football heroics) got him a $35-a-week job as a prop man at the Fox studios. Wayne was discovered by John Ford while loading furniture onto a truck on the Fox lot, and the rest is history.

Later in the Duke’s life, in 1966, when his health began to fail him, he moved from his Beverly Hills home (at 4750 Louise Avenue) back to the clean air of Newport Beach. John Wayne lived in a large waterfront home overlooking the beautiful Newport Bay, sailing his yacht “The Wild Goose”(a former minesweeper) until his death in 1979. (He was even buried in a Newport Beach cemetery just a few miles to the northeast.)

Alas, the Duke’s island home, a one-story, 10-room, 7-bath white ranch house with a pool, at the tip of Bayshore Drive, was recently torn down by the new owner. If you take a Newport harbor cruise, the guides will point out where waterside mansion used to be. Wayne’s widow continued to live there until very recently; the property is now owned by a couple who also own the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Their $6 million yacht, The P’zazz, is worth as much as the Wayne mansion.

http://www.seeing-stars.com/live/newportbeach.shtml


13 posted on 05/27/2011 6:28:36 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: GonzoII

Judge Sends John Wayne Estate Battle To OC

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2010/10/18/judge-sends-john-wayne-estate-battle-to-oc/


14 posted on 05/27/2011 6:30:34 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Huskrrrr

Oh you had to say it. Now I have The Quiet Man music playing in my head. De de de de de de deedle eeddle.


15 posted on 05/27/2011 6:42:24 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: GonzoII

Thanks for posting this. John Wayne was my all-time favorite actor. I remember hearing something about the fact that he entered the Church before he died and this confirms that. Awesome! My Dad (of 100% Irish heritage) also attended what is now Loyola-Marymount University. I wonder.....

;-)

I intend to pray for John Wayne’s grandson who is now a priest.


16 posted on 05/27/2011 6:49:41 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: massgopguy

I’d vote for “the Searchers” as JW’s best film.


17 posted on 05/27/2011 6:50:19 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: Hieronymus; GonzoII

He is a priest. . . and he needs a haircut (again):

http://www.nj.com/shore/blogs/surfing/index.ssf/2008/10/saintly_surfers_praise_divine.html


18 posted on 05/27/2011 6:51:55 AM PDT by vladimir998 (When anti-Catholics can't debate they just make stuff up.)
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To: GonzoII
Listen up, Pilgrims

Every year since 1993, the Harris Poll has taken a nationwide survey asking Americans the question, "Who is your favorite movie star?" The results have varied each year, with the fluctuations of a fickle public's opinion washing stars like Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, and Harrison Ford on and off the list like tides on the shore.

But one thing on the list has remained constant - the man at the top. Every year but one the same actor was either first or second in popularity, which is curious considering he had to overcome one obstacle the other stars on the list have not.
He's dead......
In a way, it is actually less of a feat for Wayne to continue as number one for the twenty years from 1979 to 1999 considering America hasn't changed nearly as much as it did during Wayne's reign as king of the box office.

19 posted on 05/27/2011 7:25:32 AM PDT by stylin19a
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I’m with you on “The Searchers” being the best. We’re not alone, Wayne stated it was his favorite roll as well. A detailed review here.
http://www.filmsite.org/sear.html


20 posted on 05/27/2011 7:36:52 AM PDT by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: Huskrrrr

One of my favorite lines (probably paraphrased): “Life’s hard. It’s harder when you’re stupid.”

Colonel, USAFR


21 posted on 05/27/2011 7:52:41 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: jagusafr

Ditto on that SIR!


22 posted on 05/27/2011 8:14:10 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: GonzoII; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...
Catholic Ping
Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


23 posted on 05/27/2011 8:27:04 AM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: All

“The Searchers” is great, but my Duke faves are “The Quiet Man” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence”....


24 posted on 05/27/2011 8:28:20 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
***I’d vote for “the Searchers” as JW’s best film.***

And his John Ford films! Great! Unfortunatly in the late 1960s and ‘70s Wayne began to play parodies of himself. Every movie was the same character with a different name and a faded red or blue shirt.

THE SHOOTIST was a perfect ending to his career and is a great film.

I've got a preference for Randolph Scott and Joel McRea films.

25 posted on 05/27/2011 9:09:05 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare!)
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To: GonzoII

I must through in McClintock! “Well, at least we saved your hat.” I laugh straight through that movie every time.


26 posted on 05/27/2011 9:17:28 AM PDT by Desdemona ( If trusting the men in the clergy was a requirement for Faith, there would be no one in the pews.)
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To: GonzoII
One time, John Wayne brought the house down, when appearing on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, he wore a giant pink bunny suit. Walking out on stage, with a deadpan expression, to the already laughing and clapping audience, he said, "Anybody who laughs gets a broken face."


27 posted on 05/27/2011 9:26:18 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: jagusafr

One of my favorites too.


28 posted on 05/27/2011 10:17:40 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Hotlanta Mike
he went bodysurfing one day near the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, and was injured.

If you're going to get injured body surfing, that's a good place to do it. The Wedge produces some big unpredictable waves. Also, the sand drops off quickly at Newport Beach and the waves can break in just a couple feet of water. If you go over the falls you could end up a quadriplegic. I learned to body surf in Newport Beach when I was 11 years old. There was a storm in the South Pacific and the lifeguards had the red flags out, but of course those are exactly the conditions surfers wait for. It was all I could do to get through the surf line, but there I was, a skinny little kid riding 10 foot waves and dodging the board surfers.

29 posted on 05/27/2011 12:14:40 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: Slicksadick
Two really great scenes.
One is when he picks up the kidnapped girl and the hate in his face dissolves and he says, “Lets go home.”
The second is the close, when he turns and walks out on the porch and the door closes.

Powerful.

30 posted on 05/27/2011 1:22:39 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: Huskrrrr

My favorite is The Quiet Man. I think it’s underrated. He and Maureen O’Hara were a great team with good chemistry. They make me cry every time I watch it. The complicated human relationships in the movie, and the outside influences on those relationships that affect them, ring so true.


31 posted on 05/27/2011 5:47:33 PM PDT by Melian ( You are beautiful and irreplaceable. Know it!)
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To: Melian

Yes! I’ve seen that movie maybe a dozen times.


32 posted on 05/27/2011 5:49:15 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: GonzoII

Lest we forget another famous cowboy was born on May 26, 1923, Happy belated birthday to James Arness, AKA Matt Dillon. He turned 88!


33 posted on 05/27/2011 7:27:51 PM PDT by longhorn too
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To: GonzoII

¨Island In The Sky¨

The religious undertone is very stirring.


34 posted on 05/28/2011 7:49:17 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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