American Treasure: John Wayne

photo courtesy of JohnWayne.com

John Wayne's birth name was Marion Michael Morrison. His family moved to southern California when he was just a kid. He was a good student and very athletic, attending college at the University of Southern California. A body surfing accident cut short his promising athletic career, so he turned to some work in the Hollywood studios to pay the bills. 

After his first movie, "The Big Trail," Morrison was known as John Wayne, and continued to act in more than 175 movies. He won an Oscar in 1979 for his performance in "True Grit." 

Bravo, John Wayne.