John Wayne

Wayne in trailer for ”Wake of the Red Witch”, 1948

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, U.S.

Ethnicity: Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, Irish, remote Scottish and Welsh

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 emigrants from County Antrim, Northern Ireland/Scots-Irish.

John’s paternal grandmother was Wealtha Chase “Wetha” 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/Polythenia Thorp. 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 “Mary” 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) –

Marriage record of John’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Murray Buck and Polly/Polythenia Thorp –


Curious about ethnicity

23 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    John Wayne unlikely had more English ancestry than Irish/Scots-Irish/Scottish.

    His 25% Colonial American also included a tiny amount of Scottish and Welsh, according to this:

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