On June 11, 1979, Marion Morrison (better known as John Wayne) died at age 72 after losing a battle to cancer. John Wayne was an iconic American film actor known for his conservative political views. His trademark drawl and good looks ensure that he will be remembered. Appearing in over 250 films helps that as well. My favorite films of his were Fort Apache, The Quiet Man, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Alamo, The Green Berets, and, of course, True Grit (1969).
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I just heard that Adam West (of Batman fame) passed away, at age 88. It is sad to say “Adios” to one of the Good Guys. Since he was born in Walla Walla, Washington, Adam West was a native of The American Redoubt. – JWR