John Wayne Net Worth: John Wayne was an American film actor, director and producer who had a net worth of $50 million. Born Marion Michael Morrison (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), in Los Angeles, California, US, he was one of the genuine icons of 20th-century American film. Spending his youth ranching near the Mojave Desert, he often rode a horse to school accompanied by his dog called Duke. This explains how he got his nickname, The Duke. After not been admitted to the US Naval Academy, he joined the University of Southern California on a football scholarship. Wayne's first job in the movie industry was as a prop man, in exchange for football tickets. He made his debut in the 1929 movie "The Big Trail", after which he went on appearing in small western and action films. Already known as John Wayne, he rose to prominence almost overnight when John Ford cast him in the lead role of "Stagecoach". Soon Wayne was in demand for lead roles, usually performing as a tough, idealized cowboy or military man. Some of his more memorable films include "Fort Apache", "Rio Grande", "Rio Bravo" and "The Alamo". It was in 1969 that he received an Academy Award for best actor, for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit". As a prominent Republican and supporter of the anti-communist positions, John Wayne helped the foundation of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals in 1944. It was an organization that worked on the exclusion of those on the political left from the industry. He remained politically and professionally active until 1976, and died of lung and stomach cancer three years later. Posthumously, the American Film Institute named Wayne 13th among the Greatest Male Screen Legends of All Time.