Subject: Duke of the Saddle
From: Christopher W. Thomas (poetlaureate@poetic.com)
Host: 209-150-40-113.s113.tnt1.spg.ma.dialup.rcn.com
Date: Sat June 12, 1999 at 1:27PM

Duke of the Saddle


On this date in nineteen seventy nine
The master of Hollywood ran out of time
After making one hundred and fifty films
The cowboy's cowboy finally gave in ...

Having won the Oscar just ten years before
And then following it up with a dozen more
Each one - a performance highly tuned
Crafted from forty years making room

... For the roles for which he'll be remembered forever
A mix of those and the odd earlier ones done in ways clever
Some representing the combined talents of Wayne and Ford
... The director who kept driving him for a little more ...

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
written 10:30am June 12th, 1999
(for the date - June 11th, 1999)

The Highlights of John Wayne's Career

Awards:
1969 - Best Actor Oscar for True Grit
1960 - The Alamo (film nominated)
John Wayne produced/directed/starred
1949 - Nominated for Best Actor for
Sands of Iwo Jima

Other Accomplishments:

1968 - The Green Berets
(star and co-director, with Ray Kellogg)

1958 - China Doll
(executive producer)

1949 - The Fighting Kentuckian
(star and producer)

1947 - Angel and the Badman
(star and producer)

Films Since True Grit

The Undefeated - 1969
Chisum - 1970
Rio Lobo - 1970
Big Jake - 1971
The Cowboys - 1972
Cahill, U.S. Marshall - 1973
The Train Robbers - 1973
McQ - 1974
Brannigan - 1975
Rooster Cogburn - 1975
The Shootist - 1976

John Ford-directed John Wayne Films
(other directors noted)

Stagecoach - 1939
The Long Voyage Home - 1940
They Were Expendable - 1945
3 Godfathers - 1948
Fort Apache - 1948
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon - 1949
Rio Grande - 1950
The Quiet Man - 1953
Hondo - 1953 (with John Farrow)
The Searchers - 1956
The Wings of Eagles - 1957
The Horse Soldiers - 1959
How the West Was Won - 1962
(with George Marshall, Henry Hathaway)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - 1962
Donovan's Reef - 1962
(their last collaboration)

John Ford died in 1973
(six years before the Duke
... after making 160 films)

Birthdays

Rise Stevens (opera singer) 86
Richard Todd (actor/producer) 80
William Styron (author) 74
Gene Wilder (actor) 64
Chad Everett (actor) 63
Johnny Brown (comedian) 62
Jackie Stewart (car racer) 60
Wilma Burgess (Country) 60
Joey Dee (singer) 59
Adrienne Barbeau (actress) 54
Frank Beard (ZZ Top) 50
Donnie Van Zandt (.38 Special) 47
Peter Bergman (soap actor) 46
Joe Montana (ex-footballer) 43
Dan Lavery (Tonic) 30
Smilin' Jay McDowell (BR5-49) 30
Joshua Jackson (tv actor) 21