By Caroline Howe. He was often awkward and shy with his on-screen love interests but when the cameras stopped rolling he was a brazen womanizer. Wayne became an airport, a postage stamp and a Congressional Medal, but the iconic screen actor was beset by demons: he drank copious amounts of alcohol, smoked four to five packs of unfiltered Camels every day and was an unrepentant philanderer, having multiple affairs throughout his three ill-fated marriages. They had a three-year affair. I know him well.
Ethan Wayne, John Wayne's youngest son, talks about what it was like growing up with his famous father and how he's keeping his legacy alive today. It was strange. Despite Wayne having an iconic movie star for a father, he described his childhood as normal — one that involved living in then-small town Newport Beach, Calif. There were no security or bodyguards.
John Wayne. A name that evokes uber-patriotism and staunchly conservative political ideals. Early on, Wayne went by "Duke" Morrison for a while, but really — so many syllables. He specialized in the kind of roles we associate with action heroes today — military figures, fighters, even Genghis Khan because we just can't unsee The Conqueror. And of course, cowboy roles.
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