Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fact of the Day: John Wayne

In his personal life, the famous actor John Wayne was a very vocal anti-communist. Despite being a fan of his movies, Soviet Union's dictator Joesph Stalin actually wanted to have Wayne assassinated. This plan never happened, he outlived Stalin by many years and died in 1979 of stomach cancer. 

21 comments:

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Stalin wanted Wayne assassinated? Wow, didn't know that!

Bob Bushell said...

Worry, worry, worry. He was an anti communist, daft bugger!!!

DEZMOND said...

wasn't he a communist spy? If he wasn't which one was?

Margaret D said...

I remember reading something like that ages ago...

Christine said...

My husband loves John Wayne movies.

Pilar Domínguez said...

When I was a child I didn't like his movies but now I really appreciate he was a great actor and as I know he was anti- comunist, now I like even more. Kisses:)

Lauren Farrow said...

Great Actor! Even better to know he was anti-communist.
As a kid I visited Russia right after the Soviet coup and I saw Lenin's body. It was a truly surreal experience.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

He was a right-wing sonovabitch alright. But still a great and beloved actor.

Fundy Blue said...

I loved his movies, but now I cringe at some of the attitudes. Times have changed, thank goodness. I fell in love with the Four Corners/Monument Valley landscapes through his movies, and once I walked in them for real, I never got them out of my heart.

Anonymous said...

Did he often wear a suit? I don't think so.

jaybird said...

Whoah! Never knew that. I guess he got lucky dodging that bullet.

Al Penwasser said...

Good grief, I didn't know that.
Related...I just finished reading "The Searchers." It was the ONLY book that I didn't like more than the movie it inspired (I especially thought the ending was a let-down).
Maybe because the movie starred John Wayne...? Yeah, that could be.

stephen Hayes said...

I think he was a great Hollywood icon and star, but not a particularly good actor. In every movie he just plays himself.

NanaDiana said...

I remember hearing that somewhere before. He sure was a beloved American icon. xo Diana

Stephanie Faris said...

It's a good thing John Wayne was an American, where he was free to express his opinions without being assassinated.

Maude Lynn said...

Seriously? Wow!

Pat Hatt said...

Stalin was probably just blowing smoke

Mary Kirkland said...

I still remember watching so many of his movies with my grandpa when I was a kid.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Wow, I had no idea!

Holy Ghost Writer said...

No idea on that. Enjoyed his movies though

bj said...

He was a good actor...but I have NEVER understood why so many (guys, especially) thought he was such an American hero cowboy...