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John Wayne

American actor, writer

Born
26 May 1907
in WintersetIowaUnited States

Died
11 June 1979

Born Marion Robert Morrison. John Wayne is one of the icons of American cinema starring in over 150 movies (mostly westerns and war movies). He never actually served in army, after Pearl Harbour attack in 1941 he was turned down beacuse of his age (34 at this time) and classified as 3-A (registrant deferred because of hardship to dependents).

He was very active in making movies to boost morale, he visited bases and military hospitals in 1943 and 1944. After his reclassification to 1-A (draft eligible) he looked forward to serve the country, but he was under contract with Republic Studios that was anxious to keep him and influenced the Selective Service process, requesting Wayne’s further deferment. According to Wayne’s widow he was crushed by this action and for the rest of his life he regreted the fact that he didn’t take part in the war.


1939

Stagecoach

as Ringo Kid

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1939

In the face of danger from the Indian the passengers of a stagecoach have to prove what kind of people they really are, but will they pass the test with flying colors?

1942

Flying Tigers

as Captain Jim Gordon

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1942

American volunteers of the Flying Tigers squadron fight the Japanese airforce over China.

1944

The Fighting Seabees

as Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1944

Story of American construction company that built the airfields on the islands captured by the Marines.

1945

Back To Bataan

as Col. Joseph Madden

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1945

American soldier organizes the Filipino guerrillas to disrupt the Japanese occupation and prepare ground for Allied invasion.

1949

Sands of Iwo Jima

as Sergeant Stryker

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1949

Platoon of Marines arrive to Guadalcanal. It is their last stop before attack on heavily fortified Tarawa and Iwo Jima.

1951

Operation Pacific

as Lt Cmdr. Duke Gifford

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1951

Captain of submarine is given the task to find the way to solve the problem of dud torpedoes.

1955

The Sea Chase

as Captain Karl Ehrlich

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1955

On the verge of World War 2 captain of German merchant ship tries to get back to homeland.

1957

Jet Pilot

as Colonel Jim Shannon

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1957

When Soviet pilot defecting to United States is intercepted over Alaska Colonel Shannon didn’t realize he will have to face enemy so deadly - a beautiful woman.

1959

The Horse Soldiers

as Colonel John Marlowe

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1959

During the American Civil War Union cavalry unit is sent deep behind enemy lines to attack the strategic railroad station in Newton Town, but they have to find the way to keep their mission a secret.

1960

The Alamo

as Davy Crockett

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1960

When Mexican General Santa Anna is marching towards Texas defenders of mission in Alamo decides to sacrifice their lives and give Texans time to prepare defence.

1962

The Longest Day

as Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1962

The real events that took place before and during D-Day.

1965

In Harm’s Way

as Captain Rockwell Torrey

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1965

American navy commander gets the chance to prove his worth by preparing the attack on the Japanese-held islands.

1966

Cast a Giant Shadow

as General Mike Randolph

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1966

Former US Army colonel accepts the offer to become military advisor and helps the Israelis form their defence against upcoming Arab invasion.

1968

The Green Berets

as Col. Mike Kirby

1492: Conquest of Paradise 1968

American Green Berets fly to a jungle to help defend the base and if possible kill the Viet Cong general.




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