John Wayne’s Brother Worked on a Number of His Films: Here’s Which Ones

by Will Shepard

When John Wayne was born in 1907, his birth name was Marion Robert Morrison. “The Duke” has said that when his little brother was born, his parents changed his middle name to Mitchell. This was so that they could name his brother Robert.

Even though his legal name for the rest of his life was Marion Mitchell Robinson, “The Duke” created a stage name he would become known as – John Wayne. As the story goes, he took the new name after being urged to do so by his director, Raoul Walsh.

John Wayne’s brother, on the other hand, never changed his name. Robert Morrison was a producer, assistant director, and production assistant between the 1940s and 1960s. So, what movies did he and his sibling work together on?

According to True West Magazine, “The Duke’s” younger brother joined him in several movies. However, John Wayne’s little brother never got an acting credit on any movie. He did, however, work on three movies with his older brother which included: McLintock!The Alamo, and The Fighting Kentuckian. He was given two Additional Crew credits and one Assistant Director for The Fighting Kentuckian.

John Wayne’s son, Ethan, Once Talked About His Father’s Nightly Routine He Had

When John Wayne passed away at 72 years old in June 1979, he left behind a 17-year-old son, Ethan. He battled with cancer for many years and was finally overcome by the disease.

Nonetheless, Ethan remembered his father fondly. In 2017, he gave an interview with USA Today, he talked about some of the memories he has of his late father. He shared many unique things that his father did that set him apart from other actors.

Ethan shared one story, in particular, about his father’s preparedness. Because he was there for many of John Wayne’s movies, he got to see another side of the actor that the public did not.

During the interview, Ethan talked about what separated his father from other actors. He said that the legendary actor had a unique nightly routine.

“He’d read his scripts until he fell asleep,” Ethan remembered fondly. “In between (takes), he always made time for me as a little boy to come in and get a hug or sit on his lap.”

Evan continued to share his memories of joining his father on trips to film movies. He said that his father shared everything about the movie business with him. “He was very open that way. But he expected you not to walk through someone’s eye line or mess with the camera.”