Michael Wayne

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  • michael[1].jpgMICHAEL WAYNE

    Information From IMDb

    Date of Birth
    23 November 1934, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Date of Death
    2 April 2003, Burbank, California, USA (heart failure)

    Birth Name
    Michael Anthony Morrison

    Gretchen Wayne (1958 - 2 April 2003) (his death) 5 children

    Son of John Wayne and Josephine Alicia Saenz

    Following his father's death in 1979 from cancer, Michael Wayne announced plans to film a John Wayne biopic, which was never produced.

    Children: son Christopher; daughters Alicia, Josephine, Maria and Teresa.

    Brother of Patrick Wayne, Toni Wayne and Melinda Wayne

    Half-brother of Ethan Wayne, Aissa Wayne and Marisa Wayne

    According to Gary Wills' "John Wayne's America," John Wayne "called his son Michael 'Krushchev' behind his back because of his harsh bearing and unforgiving ways." The Duke told his third wife, Pilar Wayne, that Michael had never gotten over his abandonment of Michael's mother Josie, his first wife.

    Uncle of Brendan Wayne

    Nephew of Robert E. Morrison

    Michael and his wife, Gretchen Wayne, were guests on the TV show "You Bet Your Life" (1950) with Groucho Marx when they were married only 2 months. He had just been executive producer for Escort West (1958) with Victor Mature and was only 23 years old at the time.

    Uncle of 'David La Cava'.

    Brother-in-law of Frankie Avalon. Their wives are sisters.

    Personal Quotes
    "I produced McLintock! (1963) when I was 25 years old. I don't think if I wasn't John Wayne's son, I would have had that opportunity. It wasn't all smooth, working with my father; there were a lot of bumps along the way, both for him and me, but I wish he were still around so we could get in arguments".

    Mini Biography
    Michael Wayne was the eldest son of John Wayne and his first wife, Josephine Alicia Saenz, the daughter from a socially prominent Latina family living in Los Angeles. He graduated from Loyola University of California in 1956 and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. His interest in film production began when he served as a production assistant during the filming of the John Ford 1951 classic The Quiet Man (1952), which starred his father. Michael Wayne joined his father's film production, Batjac, during the filming of The Alamo (1960) and became the line producer for McLintock! (1963). He subsequently produced many star vehicles for his father, including Brannigan (1975), The Green Berets (1968), Big Jake (1971) and The Train Robbers (1973).

    Following his father's death from cancer in 1979, Michael Wayne served as the head of Wayne Enterprises, which owns many of his father's films. Other business interests included movie distribution, merchandising his father's image, real estate and other investments. He also served as the chairman of the board of the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Center.
    IMDb Mini Biography By: Marcd30319

    Biography from Wikipedia
    Born in Los Angeles, California, Michael graduated from
    Loyola University of California in 1956 with a Business degree
    and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

    Michael began his film career as a production assistant
    on the set of the John Ford film The Quiet Man in 1951.
    He joined his father’s film production company, Batjac,
    for Alamo (1960) and became line producer for McLintock! (1963)
    and producer on many other John Wayne vehicles including Big Jake (1971)
    and Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973).

    Michael, who developed the reputation of being a good businessman,
    served on the board of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and
    was The John Wayne Foundation's president and chairman of the board.
    Following the death of his father in 1979,
    Wayne worked to retain control of his father's estate
    and film legacy as the head of Wayne Enterprises.
    He also was founder and chairman of the board
    of the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Center.

    Michael and his wife, Gretchen, raised five children,
    son Christopher, daughters Alicia, Josephine, Maria and Teresa.
    He died at the age of 68 of heart failure as the result of complications from lupus.


    1. Brannigan (1975) (executive producer)
    ... aka Joe Battle
    2. McQ (1974) (executive producer)
    3. Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) (producer) (as Michael A. Wayne)
    ... aka Cahill (UK)
    ... aka Wednesday Morning
    4. The Train Robbers (1973) (producer)
    5. Big Jake (1971) (producer)
    6. Chisum (1970) (executive producer) (as Michael A. Wayne)
    7. The Green Berets (1968) (producer)
    8. Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) (co-producer)
    9. McLintock! (1963) (producer)
    10. The Alamo (1960) (associate producer)

    1. The Lost Platoon (1991) .... Hayden
    2. Rapid Fire (1989) .... Eddy Williams
    3. The Conqueror(1956) (uncredited) .... Mongol guard
    ... aka Conqueror of the Desert
    4. The Quiet Man (1952) (uncredited) .... Teenage Boy at Races

    Miscellaneous Crew:
    1. Brannigan (1975) (presenter)
    ... aka Joe Battle
    2. The Alamo (1960) (assistant to producer)

    Second Unit Director or Assistant Director:
    1. The Alamo (1960) (first assistant director: second unit) (uncredited)

    1. I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special (2001) (TV) (special thanks)
    2. John Wayne's 'The Alamo' (1992) (V) (thanks)
    3. The Making of 'The Quiet Man' (1992) (V) (thanks: photos)

    1. "E! True Hollywood Story" .... Himself (1 episode, 1999)
    - James Bacon: Hollywood Confidential (1999) TV episode .... Himself
    2. Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick (1996) .... Himself
    3. The Making of 'Sands of Iwo Jima' (1993) (V) .... Himself
    4. John Wayne's 'The Alamo' (1992) (V) .... Himself
    5. The Making of 'The Quiet Man' (1992) (V) .... Himself
    6. "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" .... Himself (1 episode, 1968)
    ... aka Laugh-In
    - Episode #2.3 (1968) TV episode .... Himself

    Archive Footage:
    1. Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) (TV) .... Himself

    Here is a previous thread about Michael:-
    Michael Wayne

    Here's a link to Michaels passing:-
    Michael Wayne Dies

    For Discussion, please post here:-
    Sons Of The Saddle-Michael Wayne

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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