WATCH: John Wayne Stars in Classic 1977 Commercial with His Two Youngest Kids


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John Wayne traded in his signature cowboy hat and his horse for dad jeans and a vest during a 1977 commercial. 

The commercial for Great Western Bank (which was on-brand for the iconic actor) featured Wayne and two of his seven children, Marisa and Ethan.

It’s a fun watch considering, it’s rare to see Wayne acting in another role that’s not The Duke. While his kids didn’t have speaking roles, they would later follow in their dad’s footsteps in paving their own legacy.

John Wayne and his first wife had four children: Michael, Mary, Patrick, and Melinda. During his third marriage, he had three more children: Alissa, John Ethan, and Marisa.

Meet Two Of John Wayne’s Children: Ethan & Marisa

John Ethan, who goes by his middle name, was born in 1962. Even though he had some big boots to fill, he has made quite a life for himself. He has appeared in many different roles as both an actor and a stuntman. Today, Ethan serves as the manager of John Wayne Enterprises. He’s also the head of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. 

As John Wayne’s youngest son, he’s taken giant leaps to keep his father’s memory alive. After his father succumbed to stomach cancer months after Ethan’s 17th birthday, he knew he always wanted to find a way to honor to his father. In 2013, 34-years-later, he would get the chance when he wrote John Wayne: The Genuine Article.

Marisa Wayne, the youngest of the children, was born on February 22, 1966, in Burbank, California. While she never pursued an acting career she had roles in her father’s westerns as a child. Even though her father passed away when Marisa was 13-years-old, she hasn’t forgotten his memory and the impact he left on her life. 

“At the time, he was just my dad,” she said in an interview. “I knew he was a famous actor but we were so removed from the ‘Hollywood’ scene because we lived in Newport, which was fairly sleepy and quiet back then. He was a great dad, very attentive, kind and affectionate. He had a fantastic sense of humor and was always playful. It wasn’t until well after he passed that I truly understood his legacy, how beloved he was and still is not only in the USA but around the world.”

Like Ethan, Marisa also invests her time into the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.