John Wayne: the Life, the Legend

Claire Trevor and John Wayne in "Stagecoach," directed by John Ford, 1938

John Wayne was one of Hollywood’s most famous and most successful actors, but he was more than that. He became a symbol of America itself. Wayne projected dignity, integrity, and strength in all his films, even when his characters were flawed, and whatever character he played was always prepared to confront injustice in his own way. Scott Eyman discusses John Waye’s life and career. His new biography,John Wayne: The Life and Legend, traces Wayne’s life from his childhood to his stardom in Stagecoach and in some of his other greatest films, among them She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man, and The Searchers.