Location: Newport Beach, California
Bed(s): 4 | Bath(s): 4.5 | Square Footage: 4,448 | Price: $2,163,000
Overlooking Big Cyn Golfcourse
Perhaps the epitome of Hollywood manly-men stars, John Wayne was born Marion Morrison in 1907 in Winterset, Iowa. When John was a young child, the family moved to California where John picked up his nickname from their family dog “Duke” and parlayed a stint on the University of Southern California (USC) football team into a career as one of the biggest stars in film history. Although a surfing injury ended his football days he met the famous cowboy movie star Tom Mix who found some part-time studio-prop work for John in trade for some USC football tickets.
With John's good looks, 6'4” height, curly hair, distinctive voice and charisma, John slowly moved up from small movie parts, including one job as a corpse, until 1939 when his role as good-guy convict Ringo Kidd in Stagecoach made him a star. John appeared in over 250 movies, was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award in 1949 for the Sands of Iwo Jima and finally won an Oscar for his role as one-eyed U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn in 1969's True Grit.
Despite his many military-based movie roles and support of patriotic causes, John was a bit too old to be drafted in World War II and, unlike a number of his actor buddies, he never quite got around to enlisting in the war. He was married three times to Latina women and had a long-time affair with Marlene Dietrich. He was a heavy smoker and became a spokesperson for cancer causes after his cancerous left lung and several ribs were removed in 1964. John converted to Roman Catholicism shortly before he died in 1979. He was awarded both a Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.