#ThrowbackThursday: John Wayne, Remembering an American Icon

jw1 Thirty-five years ago today, the world said goodbye to American film icon John Wayne. Here’s are some of the most memorable things he ever said.

The Duke is one of the most enduring icons of American ruggedness and masculinity. He championed American exceptionalism and was the epitome of American values and ideals. He died on yesterday’s date, June 11th in 1979. RIP. jw2 (1) “Young fella, if you’re looking for trouble, I’ll accommodate ya.” – As Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 film True Grit, directed by Henry Hathaway jw3“I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.” – As J.B Books in the 1976 film The Shootist , directed by Don Siegel jw4“I wouldn’t make it a habit of calling me that son.” – As Wil Anderson in 1972 film The Cowboys, 1972, directed by Mark Rydell jw5“Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from.” – As the Ringo Kid in the 1939 film Stagecoach, directed by John Ford jw6“Out here a man settles his own problems.” – As Tom Doniphon in the 1962 film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, directed by John Ford jw7“Sorry don’t get it done, Dude.” – As Sheriff John T. Chance is the 1959 film Rio Bravo, directed by John Ford jw8“I’ve made over 250 pictures and have never shot a guy in the back. Change it.” – Statement made by John Wayne while filming the 1976 film The Shootist, directed by Don Siegel jw9“Now you understand. Anything goes wrong, anything at all…your fault, my fault, nobody’s fault…it don’t matter…I’m gonna blow your head off. It’s as simple as that.” – As Jacob McCandles in the 1971 film Big Jake, directed by George Sherman jw10“If I had known that I would have put that patch on 35 years earlier.” Statement made by John Wayne while accepting the Oscar for his leading role in the 1969 film True Grit, directed by Henry Hathaway jw11“All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be some place else.”- As Capt. Rock Well Torrey in the 1965 film In Harm’s Way, directed by Otto Preminger jw12 “Out here, due process is a bullet!”- As Col. Mike Kirby in the 1968 film The Green Berets, 1968, directed by Ray Kellogg