Illustration of John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times
John Wayne starring in "El Dorado."
A scene from "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, released in 1952. (Republic Pictures historic image)
**FILE**John Wayne appears in a scene from "True Grit," a Hal Wallis production, directed by Henry Hathaway. Wayne won his best-actor Oscar for his role in the 1969 movie. Wayne, born Marion Robert Morrison, would have turned 100 on Saturday, May 26, 2007. He died at the age of 72 of stomach cancer in June of 1979 after a career that spanned more than 170 films. (AP Photo)
FILE This 1965 file photo shows actor Max von Sydow as Jesus and John Wayne as the converted centurion in a scene from "The Greatest Story Ever Told." (AP Photo)
John Wayne (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment)