John Wayne

John Wayne’s simple character trick that transformed Hollywood cliché

The western star was highly regarded for helping change cinema during his illustrious career.

John Wayne, who has a series of films available to watch on BBC iPlayer including Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, is often heralded as the greatest actor Hollywood has ever produced. His status among Tinsel Town’s elite saw him navigate his career through the silent era of the Twenties, and the American New Wave of cinema, earning him a spot as one of the greatest male stars of the film by the American Film Institute. The Iowa-born star, who died aged 72 in 1979, was credited with helping usher in the new age of talking pictures, but he claims to have simply adjusted how hero characters were perceived

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