John Wayne’s Son Ethan Opens Up on His Father’s Reaction to Lung Cancer Diagnosis

by Joe Rutland
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Years before people would take getting checked for cancer seriously, John Wayne actually did and it ended up saving his life.

His son Ethan Wayne, in the latest Gritcast, talks with Stacy Mulder, who is vice president of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

In this clip provided by the John Wayne Estate on Instagram, Ethan offers some insight into his father’s reasoning for taking action. John Wayne also knew that it was possible he might not get insured for future pictures.

Take a look and listen as The Duke’s son opens up about this important subject.

Fans did not hold back their love and respect for Wayne.

One of them writes, “Your Dad was one of a kind!”

Another one writes, “I loved and still love and respect the person he was! Not just a wonderful actor and entertainer but a great human being! They don’t make them like him anymore!”

A Wayne fan offers up a simple comment. “Awesome son and father”.

Outsiders, we will agree that Ethan has done a stellar job in helping to keep the name of John Wayne in the public eye.

While The Duke had that cancerous tumor removed and went on to more movie success, he still had issues with cancer. Sadly, Wayne died in 1979 from stomach cancer.

John Wayne Movie ‘Big Jake’ Might Be Super Flick For This Hollywood Actor

So, who would be a solid fit to play the role that John Wayne made famous in Big Jake?

Again, we turn to the Wayne sons for some feedback.

Ethan and Patrick Wayne offer up their thoughts on this question.

“For a while, I’ve watched […] Gene Hackman, at a certain period of his career he easily could have done it,” one son says.

When someone else asks, “What about Russell Crowe?”

Patrick says, “Russell Crowe would be great.” Others say “he’s good in everything he does.”

The John Wayne Estate has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Big Jake, which premiered in 1971. Big Jake happened to be director George Sherman’s final film.

The cast included Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, and Richard Boone. Big Jake follows the McCandles family while they are being attacked by the Fain Gang.

Martha McCandles ends up sending for estranged husband Jacob “Big Jake” McCandles to find their kidnapped grandson, Little Jake.

Film critics took note of the film’s violence, especially for a Wayne movie.

Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune writes, “With a little bit of restraint, the latest John Wayne Western, ‘Big Jake,’ might have been one of the veteran star’s recent best. The most obvious excess and this is unusual for a John Wayne film is violence.”

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