John Wayne

by ethnic on March 18, 2009

Birth Name: Marion Robert Morrison

Date of Birth: May 26, 1907

Place of Birth: Winterset, Madison, Iowa, United States

Date of Death: June 11, 1979

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California

Ethnicity: English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Irish

John Wayne was an American actor, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for True Grit (1969).

He was the son of Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison.

John was married to Peruvian actress Pilar Pallete, until his death. He had three children with Pilar, and four children with his former wife, Josephine Wayne (born Josephine Alicia Saenz). Among his grandchildren are actor and producer Brendan Wayne and actress and musician Jennifer Wayne.

John’s paternal grandfather was Marion Mitchell Morrison (the son of James W./J. Morrison and Martha Purdy Ewing). John’s grandfather Marion was born in Ohio. James’s parents, Robert Morrison and Mary “Polly” Mitchell, were immigrants from County Antrim, Northern Ireland (Scots-Irish). Martha was the daughter of James Ewing.

John’s paternal grandmother was Wealtha Chase Parsons (the daughter of Henry Charles Parsons and Abigail Buck). Wealtha was born in Illinois. Henry was the son of Eldad Parsons and Betsey/Betsy/Elizabeth Buck. Abigail was the daughter of Murray Buck and Polly/Mary Thorp/Thorpe. Many of John’s father’s ancestral lines traced back to New England in the 1600s, and England before that.

John’s maternal grandfather was Robert Emmet Brown (the son of Edward Brown and Margaret J. Good). Robert was born in Pennsylvania. He had Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry.

John’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Cullenan or Kennedy (possibly the daughter of Patrick Kennedy and Catharine Cunningham). Margaret Cullenan was an Irish Catholic, born in County Cork.

Sources: Genealogies of John Wayne –

Genealogies of John Wayne (focusing on his father’s side) –

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andrew December 28, 2017 at 4:36 pm

according to Wikitree, his maternal grandmother was Margaret “Maggie” Moran

andrew February 2, 2017 at 1:02 pm
andrew May 23, 2016 at 7:01 pm
Mafia888 April 30, 2016 at 7:39 am

There’s nothing wrong with being racist. Leave him alone. RIP.

visokozen September 11, 2016 at 8:52 am

He married 3 Hispanic women how is that racist?

fuzzybear44 September 12, 2016 at 12:09 am


Racist to black people. He was a white supremacy who believed black people were incapable of taking care of themselves

fuzzybear44 August 5, 2017 at 3:21 pm

The more of the interviews from him I listen to, the more I dislike him(but still like his movies)

gel January 18, 2015 at 11:26 am

There was no Northern Ireland when his family left Ireland – thats a recent invention. So why the use of it?

The Morrisons were Gaels and closely related to the Irish. Scotland was divided between Gaels/Highlanders and Lowlanders. The Irish employed them as “Gallowgas”.

They had been in Ireland for centuries. So the Morrisons should really be regarded as Irish.

gel February 12, 2016 at 11:41 am

Found a doppelganger for him – Brian Cody, Kilkenny hurling manager!:

sadie February 22, 2012 at 12:31 am

He was not a RACIST! He was a noble American. Get your facts straight.

fuzzybear44 August 4, 2013 at 8:54 am

(He was not a RACIST! He was a noble American)

How do you know what he was?There are probably many things about the man,you may not know.It wouldn’t surprise me if he was,after all he grew up in an era when it was very popular to be that.There are rumors about him being bi-sexual,as well as a number of hollywoods leading men.Is any of that true,the heck if I know,but it could be.

andrew August 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm

he married 3 white catholic hispanics women, he was just a Republican, and straight

fuzzybear44 August 5, 2013 at 4:48 am


(he married 3 white catholic hispanics women)

First they were latin women,so we have no ideal how white they were;especially that last one.Also bi-sexual means you like both men and women.So being married,isn’t going to stop him from chasing the dog,if you know what I mean.Rock Hudson, Katharine Hepburn were both married, didn’t stop them.Katharine freely admitted to having other Hollywood starlets as her lovers

(he was just a Republican)

What does this have to do with anything?Rock Hudson was a conservative Republican,and was gay/bi.

(he was straight)

I going to go out on a limb here ,an assume you didn’t know the man.So there’s no way for you to know what his sexual orientation was.However,if he was or wasn’t doesn’t matter to me.I still enjoy his old movies,even thou he probably was racist.

fuzzybear44 August 5, 2013 at 4:54 am


Okay,I went to look up some of comments

( “I believe in white supremacy until blacks are educated to a point of responsibility.”)

it was 1971,blacks were pretty well educated at that point,so yes he does come off as being racist.

fuzzybear44 April 30, 2016 at 1:02 am

I glad they decided not to give this racist man a Holiday. Although I still enjoy his movies

ana August 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

He was a racist

ethnic August 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Jo do you have a link for that?

jo August 19, 2010 at 11:27 am

He is Polish.

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