Wayne’s delivery title was Marion Robert Morrison, and that was the title he was recognized by when he performed school soccer and later when he began his appearing profession. He additionally glided by “Duke,” a nickname picked up from a childhood friendship together with his Airedale Terrier, additionally named Duke. Some individuals referred to Wayne and his canine as “Little Duke” and “Massive Duke,” and that title caught.
Nonetheless, when selecting a stage title, the studio had one thing else in thoughts for him. His authorized title sounded too female, so director Raoul Walsh steered the title of a Revolutionary Battle common, Anthony Wayne. Fox Studios government Winfield Sheehan rejected this title, saying it sounded “too Italian.”
Lastly, Walsh got here up with “John Wayne.” Fortunately, everybody concerned was on board with this alias, so “John Wayne” caught. It’s stated that Wayne was not even current for this dialogue and was not given the choice to supply his enter. Maybe if he had, he would have chosen to name himself “Duke,” after his beloved canine.