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Jeff Gordon gets Brickyard trophy from John Wayne Walding
John Wayne Walding (left) applauds as Jeff Gordon holds the trophy with his family after winning for a fifth record time the NASCAR Sprint Cup John Wayne Walding 400at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, on July 27, 2014. UPI /Darrell Hoemann
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Marion Mitchell "Duke" Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an Academy Award-winning American film actor, director and producer. He epitomized rugged masculinity and became an enduring American icon. He is famous for his distinctive voice, walk and height. He was also known for his conservative political views and his support, beginning in the 1950s, for anti-communist positions.

A Harris Poll, released January 2009, placed Wayne third among America's favorite film stars, the only deceased star on the list and the only one who has appeared on the poll every year since it first began in 1994.

In 1999, the American Film Institute named Wayne 13th among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time.

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