John Wayne net worth 2019: How much was John Wayne worth before his death and how did he acquire such huge net worth and the cause of his death? Read on as we reveal
John Wayne was a famous American actor, director, and movie producer who was also a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
His many success in the entertainment industry earned him the nickname ‘Duke’ and he was among the top box draws for three decades.
John Wayne career in the movie industry which began in the early ’30s has earned him an impressive net worth of $50 million and a legacy that will live on even after his death.
|Net Worth||$50 Million|
|Source of Wealth||Acting. Directing, and Film Production|
|Date of Birth||26th of May, 1907|
|Date of Death||11th of June 1979|
John Wayne was born as Marion Robert Morrison on the 26th of May, 1907 in Winterset, Iowa. His father was Clyde Leonard Morrison l, a Pharmacist, and his grandfather was an American war hero Marion Mitchell Morrison, and his mother, Mary “Molly” Alberta Brown was from Lancaster County.
He grew up in Palmdale, Northern California before his family moved to Glendale in California.
John attended the Wilson Middle School in Glendale and was also a member of the Order of DeMolay, an offshoot of the Freemasons.
He studied at the Glendale High School and also played football for them. He was the President of Latin Society and made contributions to the newspaper sports column of the school.
John applied to serve in the US Navy but got rejected by the US Naval Academy. He got a sports scholarship to the University of Southern California in 1925. Sadly, due to injury, he had to quit sports, and so, had the scholarship fund withdrawn and eventually quitting the University.
After much struggle throughout the early and mid-’30s, John got his big breakthrough in the 1939 film, Stagecoach directed by John Ford.
Following the commercial success of the movie, John became a name popular in Holywood. A year after, he appeared in the movie ‘The Long Voyage Home’ which further raised his prominence as an A-list actor.
John went on to star in a series of movies which include The Red River (1948), The Searchers (1956), and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). John Wayne also made guest appearances on different radio programs like The Hedda Hopper Show and The Louella Parsons Show.
John has been married three times, divorced twice. His first wife was Josephine Alisia Saenz, and his second wife was Esperanza Baur and third was Pilar Pallete. He and his first wife Josephine had four children together and three with the second wife.
Most of his children have entered the entertainment industry today. John’s third wife Pilar was an enthusiastic tennis player and she encouraged him to develop the John Wayne Tennis Club in 1973.
Today, the club is known as Tennis Club in Newport Beach, CA. John Wayne passed away on the 11 of June 1979. The cause of his death was stomach cancer. He died at the UCLA Medical Center. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation was established in 1985 to honour and immortalize him.
How Did He Become So Wealthy?
John Wayne was a famous director, actor, and producer who was able to accumulate a great deal of wealth before he passed on. Before his death, John Wayne had a net worth estimate of $50 million.
His earnings come from his roles in different movies as well as the movies he produced and directed. He landed his debut acting role in the year 1930 when he worked with Fox Film Corporation. At that time, he got paid $105 per week. His first coloured movie was released in 1941.
Awards and Nominations
John Wayne was famous as both an actor and movie director. He was an award-winning actor for three decades.
He was nominated three times for the Academy Awards and was awarded the Henrietta Award (a now-retired award) for being World Film Favorite: Male in 1953. Wayne also won two Golden Globe Awards (1966 & 70).