C-Ration crackers are called "John Wayne crackers" because presumably only someone as tough as Wayne could eat them.
John Wayne rose beyond the typical recognition for a famous actor to that of an enduring symbol who communicated American values and ideals.
John Wayne died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979, at the age of 72 at the UCLA Medical Center.
Wayne's status grew so large and legendary that when Japanese Emperor Hirohito visited the United States in 1975, he asked to meet John Wayne, the symbolic representation of his country's former enemy.
John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), nicknamed "Duke," was an American film actor whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s.
Various public locations have been named in memory of John Wayne.
A paper towel unhappily used in place of "bathroom tissue" became known as "John Wayne toilet paper" because "it's rough and it's tough and don't take sh-t off no one."
Despite his prolific output, John Wayne won only a single Best Actor Oscar, for the 1969 movie True Grit.
John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa in 1907, but the name became Marion Mitchell Morrison when his parents decided to name their next son Robert.
John Wayne’s early life was marked by poverty.