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Awards

By Year (Partial List)

 

1949: Received LAUREL AWARD from Motion Picture Exhibitors for Topliner Star

1950-1960 – Voted STAR OF THE DECADE by Motion Picture Herald

1950: Received LAUREL AWARD from Motion Picture Exhibitors for Screen King of the Year

1950: Won France’s VICTOIRE du CINEMA AWARD for best performance for “Sands of Iwo Jima”

1950: Nominated by Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences for best performance in “Sands of Iwo Jima” playing the role of “Sergeant John M. Stryker” (1949) – 22nd annual academy awards held on March 23rd, 1950.

1950: Won a PHOTOPLAY MAGAZINE AWARD for his performance in “Sands of Iwo Jima”

1950: Voted number 1 actor by Motion Picture Herald

1950: Won the first official SILVER SPURS AWARD

1952: Received a plaque from Interstate Theatre Circuit for “Outstanding Contribution to Motion Pictures”

1951: Voted number 1 actor by Motion Picture Herald

1952: Won WORLD FAVORITE FILM ACTOR AWARD from Foreign Press Association

1952: Won MOST POPULAR STAR AWARD from Modern Screen Magazine

1952: Won a PHOTOPLAY MAGAZINE AWARD for his performance in “The Quiet Man”

1952: Featured on the cover of Time Magazine March 5, 1952

1948-1953: John Wayne given LAUREL AWARD by Motion Picture Exhibitors for best performance in a five year period for his performance in “Sands of Iwo Jima”

1953: Won LAUREL AWARD from Motion Picture Exhibitors for Best Dramatic Performance for “Hondo”

1953: Won MOST POPULAR STAR AWARD from Modern Screen Magazine

1953: Voted FAVORITE ACTOR OF THE YEAR in Canton, Ohio’s National Poll

1953: Voted MOST POPULAR ACTOR by Independent Theatre Owners Poll of Arkansas

1953: Won Golden Globe’s HENRIETTA AWARD (World Film Favorite Male) at the 11th annual awards presentation

1954: Received a citation for cooperation from the Hollywood Press Association

1954: Won FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR AWARD from the Woman’s Home Companion Magazine

1954: Voted number 1 actor by Motion Picture Herald

1954: Won LAUREL AWARD from Motion Picture Exhibitors for Best Dramatic Performance for “High and Mighty”

1954: Won STAR OF STARS AWARD from Modern Screen Magazine Awards

1951-1955: Independent Film Journal’s top money actor

1956: Received a CITY PARLIAMENT AWARD in Berlin, Germany for his performance in “The Conqueror”

1958: Received SILVER LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP CARD from the International Actors Guild

1958: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 7th place

1959: Won an award from the Headliners Club of Austin, Texas for “The Alamo”

1959: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 8th place

1960: Nominated by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for best motion picture for producing The Alamo (1960) at the 33rd annual academy awards held on April 17th, 1961

1960-1970 – Voted STAR OF THE DECADE by Motion Picture Herald

1960: Won France’s VICTOIRE du CINEMA AWARD for best performance for “The Alamo”

1960: Was listed in TOP TEN ALL-AMERICAN FAVORITES in Boxoffice Magazine Awards

1960: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 5th place

1960-1961: Won the NATIONAL SOCIETY DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION AWARD AND CHILDREN OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION AWARD for “The Alamo”

1961: Won STAR OF THE YEAR AWARD from Theatre Owners of America

1961: Won THE FUKUNICHI NEWSPAPER AWARD in Japan for “The Alamo”

1961: Won BRONZE WRANGLER AWARD from Western Heritage for best theatrical motion picture for “The Alamo”

1961: Won GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Top Action Performance in The Alamo

1961: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 8th place

1962: Won BRONZE WRANGLER AWARD from Western Heritage for best theatrical motion picture for “The Comancheros”

1962: Won GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Top Action Performance in The Comancheros

1962: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 8th place

1963: Won BRONZE WRANGLER AWARD from Western Heritage for best theatrical motion picture for “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”

1963: Won GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Top Action Performance in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

1963: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 4th place

1964: Won GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Top Action Performance in McLintock!

1964: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 4th place

1965: Won GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for “Most Cooperative Actor”

1965: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Best Action Performance in Circus World; came in 4th place

1965: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 5th place

1966: Won MR. BOXOFFICE AWARD from Photoplay Magazine Awards for being the all-time box office champ in the motion picture industry

1966: Won a GOLDEN SPURS AWARD

1966: Won Golden Globe’s CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD for outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry throughout the years at the 23rd annual awards ceremony

1966: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 9th place

1967: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 6th place

1968: Named #1 Star in Britain in the Motion Picture Film Daily

1968: Received the FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN AWARD on behalf of the Senior Citizens of this great country in recognition of his consistently fine performances and for the excellent example of Americanism he presents to all his generation

1968: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Best Action Performance in The Green Berets; came in 3rd place

1968: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 6th place

1969: Was #2 most popular actor in US and #1 in Britain according to Motion Picture Herald

1969: Won a GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD from Foreign Press Association for best dramatic actor in “True Grit”

1969: Featured on the cover of Time Magazine August 8, 1969

1969: Voted #1 in TOP TEN ALL-AMERICAN FAVORITES in Boxoffice Magazine Awards

1970: Nominated by Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences for best performance in “True Grit” for his role as “Rooster Cogburn”   (1969) – And won the statue at the 42nd annual academy awards held on April 7th, 1970.

1970: HEADLINER OF THE YEAR AWARD given by Greater Los Angeles Press

1970: International LAUREL AWARD from Motion Picture Exhibitors for best performance in “True Grit”

1970: Photoplay’s GOLD MEDAL AWARD – voted FAVORITE STAR 1969-1970

1970: GOLDEN PLATE AWARD from American Academy of Achievement in Dallas, Texas

1970: Won BRONZE WRANGLER AWARD from Western Heritage for best theatrical motion picture for “True Grit”

1970: Nominated for GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD for Best Actor in a Drama for his performance in “True Grit” at the 27th annual awards ceremony

1970: Won GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Best Action Performance in True Grit

1970: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 4th place

1971: Voted number 1 actor by Motion Picture Herald – set all-time record for being in TOP TEN for 23 years

1971: Won the GOLD MEDAL AWARD from Photoplay Magazine Awards for “Favorite Actor”

1971: US Marine Corps – IRON MIKE AWARD (highest award that can be given to a civilian)

1971: West Point Society of Los Angeles – DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY AWARD

1971: Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation – AMERICANISM AWARD

1971: First Place Award for “Cancer Check”

1971: Won GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Best Action Performance in Chisum

1971: Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 7th place

1949-1972: Was one of Motion Picture Exhibitors’ top ten money making actors

1972: FAMILY WEEKLY AWARD from Family Weekly as favorite movie actor – April 25

1972: FAVORITE ACTOR AWARD from Photoplay – June 6

1973: Veterans of Foreign Wars – THE NATIONAL AMERICANISM GOLD MEDAL AWARD

1973: Grand Marshal of the Rose Bowl Parade

1973: Bill Gargan Cancer Award (received at the Golden Sword Inaugural Ball)

1973: National Football Gold Medal Award

1974: TUSS MCLAUGHRY AWARD – American Football Coaches Award

1974: Harvard Lampoon – BRASS BALLS AWARD and Honorary Colonel

1974: GEORGE WASHINGTON AWARD – Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge

1974: Nominated for GRAMMY AWARD for best spoken word for the album, “America, Why I Love Her” 17th Annual Grammy Awards

1975: People’s Choice Award – Favorite Motion Picture Actor received at first annual award presentation

1976: People’s Choice Award – Favorite Motion Picture Actor received at second annual award presentation

1976: Excellence in Entertainment Award – Notre Dame Club of Chicago

1976: Golden Apple Award – Hollywood Women’s Press Club – Male Star of the Year

1977: Star of the Century Award – National Entertainment Conference

1977: All-Time Favorite Star (one time only category) from Photoplay

1977: Voted as one of the Top Three most popular motion picture stars by U. S. Teenagers in Motion Picture Herald

1977: Voted NUMBER ONE by T.V.Q, a network publication of Motion Picture Herald

1977: People’s Choice Award – Favorite Motion Picture Actor received at third annual award presentation

1978: People’s Choice Award – Favorite Motion Picture Actor received at fourth annual award presentation

1979: Boy Scouts of America – Certificate of Recognition

Misc.: Several US Government WAR AGENCIES PLAQUES – for outstanding service in WWII, in touring Pacific war bases and for tour of Vietnam

Wayne also received:

American Legion – AMERICANISM AWARD – also citation of recognition

City of Hope – HEART OF THE WORLD AWARD

USO – Certificate of Appreciation

 

Posthumous Awards

Congressional Gold Medal – On May 21st, 1979, Congress proposed a bill to authorize the president to grant on behalf of congress a specially struck gold medal to John Wayne.  It was approved May 26th, 1979. The medal was presented on March 6th, 1980

John Wayne Airport – June 20th, 1979 the Orange County Airport was renamed to the John Wayne Airport

Presidential Medal of Freedom – awarded June 9, 1980 by President Jimmy Carter

Avalon Fire Truck – Dedicated in August of 1980

Army Helicopter

Orange County Sheriff’s Duke – Duke I and II dedicated on May 20th, 1985

Golden Boot Award – 1996, In Memoriam Award

Harris Poll®:

1993: Appeared on Harris Poll’s Most Popular Movie Star list at #2

1994: Appeared on Harris Poll’s Most Popular Movie Star list at #2

1995: Voted Harris Poll’s Most Popular Movie Star!

1996: Appeared on Harris Poll’s Most Popular Movie Star list at #2

1997: Appeared on Harris Poll’s Most Popular Movie Star list at #4

1998: Appeared on Harris Poll’s Most Popular Movie Star list at #2

1999: Appeared on Harris Poll’s Most Popular Movie Star list at #2 (January 6th, 1999)

2000: Appeared on Harris Poll’s Most Popular Movie Star list at #2 (December 6th, 2000)

2001: Appeared on Harris Poll’s Most Popular Movie Star list at #6 (December 19th, 2001)

2002: Appeared on Harris Poll’s Most Popular Movie Star list at #6 (December 23rd, 2002)

2003: Appeared on Harris Poll’s Most Popular Movie Star list at #7 (December 17th, 2003)

2004: Appeared on Harris Poll’s Most Popular Movie Star list at #7 (January 4, 2005)

 

AFI’s 100 years…..100 Lists (2005):

Appears at #13 on 100 Favorite Stars List

Stagecoach appears at #63 on 100 Favorite Movies List

Appears at #36 on 100 Heroes and Villains for playing Hero “Rooster Cogburn” in True Grit

One of 400 nominees for 100 favorite movie quotes for “Out here, due process is a bullet” – The Green Berets

One of 400 nominees for 100 favorite movie quotes for “Let’s go home, Debbie” – The Searchers

One of 400 nominees for 100 favorite movie quotes for “Never apologize and never explain, it’s a sign of weakness” – She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

One of 400 nominees for 100 favorite movie quotes for “Fill your hands, you son-of-a-bitch!” – True Grit

 

SCHOOL AWARDS AND HONORS

Football scholarship to USC

USC Associates

President’s Circle

Trojan Club

Cinema Circulus

Oceanographic Associates

Sigma Chi Fraternity – Received the “Significant Sig” Award

Skull and Dagger

Honorary Doctorate Degree from USC – 1968