Famous actor John Wayne starred in at least 175 films during a career spanning 50 years. Some of his most notable works were "The Longest Day," "Reap the Wild Wind," "The High and the Mighty" and "Sands of Iwo Jima."
Born Marion Robert Morrison, Wayne turned to acting after a surfing accident cut short his athletic career, which had helped him earn a college scholarship to play football at the University of Southern California. His first role came as a Yale football player in the 1926 film "Brown of Harvard." His last known appearance was in the 1976 flick "The Shootist."