John Wayne Enjoys His Down Time in Vintage Photo

by Joe Rutland

Do you want to know who enjoyed his time off? John Wayne. Why, if you were The Duke, wouldn’t you just like a little time to yourself?

Seriously, John Wayne worked hard in his career as an actor.

Hell, he’s considered by millions as the best Western movie star of all time.

But Wayne did like his time off. Let’s take a look at this photo released from the John Wayne Estate and posted on Twitter.

Obviously, our man John is on a movie set just catching a few winks.

John Wayne Turned Accident Into Playing Bit Roles In Early Films

Born Marion Morrison, John Wayne has become synonymous with American Western and military films.

He had a scholarship to play football at the University of Southern California. But that went away due to a bodysurfing accident.

That, though, would lead him to start playing bit roles in Fox movies.

From there, his career rose to great heights. The Searchers, Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo, The Quiet Man, The Longest Day, True Grit…all of them are in the cinema history books with Duke’s name right there, too.

Get a load of this, Outsiders. In 1999, the American Film Institute named John Wayne as one of the greatest male stars in classic American cinema.

That’s not chump-change recognition, either. AFI has honored the great Academy Award winners as both actors and directors.

Duke Wayne deserves his spot among the legends. Sadly, the honor would come 20 years after his death.

Actor Recalls How The Duke Helped Him Land Role on Rio Lobo

Hearing stories of how John Wayne helped actors get roles should not be new to you, Outsiders.

He played a role in getting James Arness his forever role as Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke.

Actor Chris Mitchum talks about Duke giving him a helping hand on the set of Chisum.

He said that this film “got me real knowable” in an interview on A Word on Westerns. “I was like the fourth guy in the back, and I played actually a historical character named Tom O’Folliard. I’m sitting on the horse, and [Wayne] is sitting there with a child watching the scene. He’s looking at me, and after the shot, he comes over, slaps me on the thigh, and says, ‘You know, you should have played Billy the Kid.’ I said, ‘Well, dude, that was kind of my thought when I was put through casting.'”

Mitchum says Wayne tells him that he’s going to introduce Mitchum to director Howard Hawks.

“That’s how I got the part in Rio Lobo,” Mitchum says. “I went up and met with Hawks. It was about an hour [long] meeting.”