government by awarding him the two highest civilian decorations. A larger than life-size bronze statue of Wayne atop a horse was erected at the corner of La Cienega Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills California at the former offices of the Great Western Savings & Loan Corporation for whom Wayne had made a number of commercials. In June 1999 the American Film Institute named Wayne 13th among the Greatest Male Screen Legends of All Time.
Wayne was born in Winterset Iowa but his family relocated to the greater Los Angeles area when he was four years old. He died of stomach cancer in 1979. Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26 1907 – June 11 1979) better known by his stage name John Wayne was an American film actor director and producer.