Marion Mitchell Morrison was born in Winterset, Iowa on May 26th, 1979. He was born Marion Robert Morrison which his parents changed to Mitchell after deciding to name their next son Robert and he was better know by his stage name John Wayne.
Wayne began his working in the prop department at local film studios and moved into bit parts. Through this work he established a longtime friendship with director John Ford.
His first starring role was in “The Big Trail” in 1930. His screen name of John Wayne was decided for him by the director of “The Big Trail” and Fox Studios Chief Winfield Sheehan. The name stuck and Wayne’s salary of $75/week for bit roles was increased to $105/week once he was cast in the starring role.
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