1. He found work at local film studios when he lost his football scholarship to USC as a result of a bodysurfing accident. :63–64 Initially working for the Fox Film Corporation, he mostly appeared in small bit parts.
2. He is also remembered for his roles in The Quiet Man .
3. In his final screen performance, he starred as an aging gunfighter battling cancer in The Shootist .
4. His last public appearance was at the Academy Awards ceremony on April 9, 1979.
5. John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907 at 224 South Second Street in Winterset, Iowa. The local paper, Winterset Madisonian, reported on page 4 of the May 30, 1907 edition, that Wayne weighed 13 pounds at birth.
6. A local fireman at the station on his route to school in Glendale started calling him “Little Duke” because he never went anywhere without his huge Airedale Terrier, Duke. He preferred “Duke” to “Marion”, and the nickname stuck.
7. As a teen, he worked in an ice cream shop for a man who shod horses for Hollywood studios.
8. He was also active as a member of the Order of DeMolay, a youth organization of the Freemasons.
9. He played football for the 1924 league champion Glendale High School team.
10. He instead attended the University of Southern California , majoring in pre-law.
11. He was a member of the Trojan Knights and Sigma Chi fraternities. :30 Wayne also played on the USC football team under coach Howard Jones.
12. As a favor to USC football coach Howard Jones, who had given silent western film star Tom Mix tickets to USC games, director John Ford and Mix hired Wayne as a prop boy and extra. Wayne soon moved to bit parts, establishing a longtime friendship with the director who provided most of those roles, John Ford.
13. Early in this period, he had a minor, uncredited role as a guard in the 1926 film Bardelys the Magnificent.
14. Wayne also appeared with his USC teammates playing football in Brown of Harvard .