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Found this on Yahoo:

In John Wayne’s own words, “There’ve been a lot of stories about how I got to be called Duke. One was that I played the part of a duke in a school play, which I never did. Sometimes, they even said I was descended from royalty! It was all a lot of rubbish. Hell, the truth is that I was named after a dog!”

John Wayne was born Marion Michael Morrison in Winterset, Iowa. When young Marion was six, the family moved to California, eventually settling in Glendale. Marion delivered newspapers in the morning with his trusty Airedale, Duke. The locale firemen called them “Big Duke” and “Little Duke.”

Marion later accepted a full scholarship to play football at the University of Southern California. In the summer of 1926, head coach Howard Jones fixed Duke up with a job as an assistant prop man on the set of a John Ford movie. The rest is history.

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The happy Morrison family

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Marion Morrison (John Wayne) and his dog Duke

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Who could know that boy would turn into this man?


12 thoughts on “How did John Wayne get the nickname Duke?

  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

  2. Thank you for that information! I loved John Wayne.

    1. jcalberta says:

      You are most welcome ! It is interesting isn’t it?!

  3. Great back story. Thanks for sharing!

    1. jcalberta says:

      Cindy asked me about it. So I thought I’d post it. You’re welcome.

  4. Garry Armstrong says:

    Sounds reasonable, Pilgrim! Shinbone Star says it’s LEE-git.
    Print the legend!

    1. jcalberta says:

      I coulda made sumpthin up I gess. But this wuz good.

  5. nickofthyme says:

    Was this obliquely referenced in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? To wit: Professor Henry Jones, Sr. to Henry Jones, Jr.: “We named the dog Indiana”

    1. jcalberta says:

      Haaa ! Nice. Not many people would have noticed that.

  6. Blake Hundley says:

    Big Jake Is in my top 10 films of all time. Didn’t make the list here.

    1. jcalberta says:

      You know what Blake? I’m going to have to check that again.
      Because of John’s work got a little too formula for me after a while.
      He definitely was in more than his share of Classic Westerns and I haven’t updated my Pages section quite a while.
      Thank you for comment – and take care.

    2. jcalberta says:

      Hey Blake! I have to watch it again – it’s been some time since I’ve last seen it and I’ve changed my opinion on several Westerns over the years. John made more that his of great Western Classics to be sure, but also went through an era where much of his work was pretty formula.
      Thanks for dropping by – and take care.

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