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An actor who embodied everything about the cowboy aesthetic, John Wayne made a living starring in Western films about rugged men and adventurous women. With over 100 pictures filmed, he won an Oscar and also directed and produced films.

Some of the most popular John Wayne films include "True Grit", "Stagecoach", and "The High and the Mighty". The handsome American actor personified manliness, and the industry views him as acting icon alongside contemporaries like Gregory Peck and Kirk Douglas.