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May 26th, 2007

And The Houston Chronicle Gave a list of 100 reasons to love JOHN Wayne.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — John Wayne was born May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa, 100 years ago. Alone among his generation of movie stars, he remains an apparently permanent image of American masculinity. You can accept his representation of manhood or you can reject it, but you can't ignore it.

And I can't say I disagree with any of them. Just a few of my Favorite reasons and a few quotes from probably one of the coolest men ever to walk on planet earth!

#2 That walk.

#5 Because he embodied American Masculinity at mid-century and imposed an image on our idea of masculinity's past.

"A man ought to do what he thinks is right" Hondo

"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to others and I require the same from them" The Shootist

#14 For the incredibly cool way he cocks his rifle by twirling it in both Stagecoach and True Grit.

#22 Because when he worked with Maureen O'Hara they created believable domestic relationships that were about sex and love.

"I wouldn't do that if I was you" Hondo

#33 Because it didn't make any difference whether the movie was great, good or terrible, it was still John Wayne.

#34 The voice.

#38 Because he wore a bunny costume on Laugh-in.

#43 The Quiet Man.

"I have faith in a supreme being. I don't believe in organized religion because there are two many of them, and I just don't think God could be so disorganized as to have all that many churches claiming his authority."

#54 Because he didn't mind playing an old, one-eyed fat man.

#57 Because he never gave a damn about critics.

#59 Because his characters were always willing to endure the consequences of their actions.

#61 For the look on his face when Dean Martin fishes for a coin in a spittoon in Rio Bravo.

"Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!" True Grit.

#77 Because for 30 years, The BBC ran a John Wayne movie on Christmas Day.

#84 Because his favorite drink was tequila.

#87 Because when he was dying of cancer, in excruciating pain, he never complained.

#92 Rio Bravo

"For Years I've played the kind of man I'd like to have been"

'Nuff said!


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