|Barked: Wed Apr 16, '14 5:09pm PST |
|John Wayne's real name was Marion Morrison. Poor guy, no wonder he changed his name. But he did not change his name to John Wayne. Nope, John Wayne was a persona that he used.
He changed his name to Duke Morrison. Duke was the name of his dog. An Airedale Terrier who weighed about 80 lbs. Duke and Marion were inseparable, and his family started to refer to them as big Duke (the dog) and little Duke (Marion).
Eventually the dog passed away, but Marion kept the name Duke and always went by the name Duke Morrison.
He hated to be called John. If he liked someone, he would tell them "just call me Duke."
And that is how he became known as The Duke.
The Duke !
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