Yes you read the name right, it is THE John Wayne - legendary western movie actor and USC tackle.
Tall from an early age, he was a star football player for Glendale High School and was recruited by the University of Southern California.
An injury while supposedly swimming at the beach curtailed his athletic career, however; Wayne would later note that he was too terrified of Jones' reaction to reveal the actual cause of his injury. He lost his athletic scholarship and with no funds was unable to continue at USC.
Western movie star Tom Mix gave him a summer job working as a prop boy in exchange for football tickets. On the set, Morrison met John Ford (who later directed him in "Stagecoach" and "The Searchers" among others) and changed his name to John Wayne in 1930, and the rest, as they say, is history. The revered actor and director was received two Academy Awards nominations for best actor and won in 1969 for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in the immortal western "True Grit." Wayne never graduated from USC but was awarded an honorary diploma.
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