American movie star.
Excellent photograph Signed, “Buzzy / Be happy / John Wayne,” of the star in a three-quarters pose, leaning on a fence post, wearing a light colored western hat, shirt, belt and holster, with a skeptical look on his face as if about to spring into action. John Wayne was laconic on screen; when he shambled into view, audiences sensed the arrival of coiled vigor awaiting only provocation to be sprung. This may be one such moment.
Wayne, whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s, was a major star from the 1940s through the 1970s. He epitomized an individualistic masculinity; he was famous for his distinctive voice, walk and enormous physical presence. By mid-career, he was recognized as a sort of American natural resource. With such a larger-than-life image, he was careful to select roles that would not compromise his public image. To his way of thinking, a John Wayne character had to behave like a John Wayne character should. In one of his last films, he refused to allow his character to shoot a man in the back as was originally scripted. It wasn’t John Wayne enough.
The black and white photograph measures 8 inches wide by 10 inches high. It is matted in tan and burgundy in an attractive Western style frame; dimensions measure 13 1/2 inches wide by 15 3/4 inches high.
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- Motion Pictures