The John Wayne Gritcast

The John Wayne Gritcast is a fresh perspective on a classic icon and the Americana he still inspires. Join host Ethan Wayne as he discusses his father’s life and legacy with Hollywood legends, old friends, and those bringing The Duke’s values to life today.

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Episode 38 – Red Steagall

Episode 38 – Red Steagall

In the season 2 finale of John Wayne Gritcast, we sit down with western legend, Red Steagall. Red is an American actor, musician, poet, and stage performer. He has worked with artists like Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Glen Campbell and discovered Reba...

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Episode 37 – Dr. Bob Egan

Episode 37 – Dr. Bob Egan

On Today’s episode of the John Wayne Gritcast, we are joined by John Wayne’s personal Doctor and very close family friend, Dr. Bob Egan.  Bob was very close with the family, he even had Michael Wayne as his best man in his wedding! Ethan and Bob reminisce on life with...

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Episode 36 – Ben Christensen

Episode 36 – Ben Christensen

Ben Christensen is a western lifestyle photographer who is dedicated to living his own western. In this episode of the John Wayne Gritcast, Ethan is in Kanab, Utah filming an independent movie written and directed by Ben Christensen. They are also joined by...

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Episode 35 – Dan Ford

Episode 35 – Dan Ford

Dan Ford is the grandson of John Wayne’s close friend and mentor, John Ford. Dan tells how he knew John Wayne as “God Damnit, Duke!” based on how John Ford would refer to his friend. He and Ethan also discuss the John Ford stock company, heroes in movies today vs in...

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Episode 34 – John Wayne Walding

Episode 34 – John Wayne Walding

John Wayne valued courage, strength, grit, patriotism, and family… and so does John Wayne Walding. John Wayne Walding is a former Sergeant First Class Green Beret and entrepreneur. In this episode, John Wayne Walding tells the story of the Battle of Shok Valley. In...

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Episode 33 – Julie Hovnanian

Episode 33 – Julie Hovnanian

Julie Hovnanian was one of John Wayne's personal assistants in Newport Beach. Julie tells the story of how she came to know the Wayne family, what it was REALLY like to work for John Wayne, and sheds some light on just how dedicated the Duke was to his fans. She also...

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Episode 32 – Amber Elle

Episode 32 – Amber Elle

Amber Elle is a self-proclaimed mama bear and lady on a mission to empower others to live self-reliant lives. In addition to raising her family, she is the Director of Family Preparedness at Fieldcraft Survival, whose goal is to expand an individual's capabilities in...

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Episode 31 – The Cowboys 50th Anniversary – Part Two

Episode 31 – The Cowboys 50th Anniversary – Part Two

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the release of The Cowboys, we had a 3-day celebration in the Fort Worth Stockyards! Nine of the original cast members joined us for a celebration that included showings of the film on the lawn of the Livestock Exchange building,...

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Episode 30 – The Cowboys 50th Anniversary – Part One

Episode 30 – The Cowboys 50th Anniversary – Part One

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the release of The Cowboys, we had a 3-day celebration in the Fort Worth Stockyards! Nine of the original cast members joined us for a celebration that included showings of the film on the lawn of the Livestock Exchange building,...

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Episode 29 – Best Friends Animal Society

Episode 29 – Best Friends Animal Society

Kanab, Utah is not only the backdrop of many westerns, but it is also home to Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit animal welfare organization. BFAS does outreach nationwide with shelters, rescue groups and members to promote pet...

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Episode 28 – Tim Kennedy

Episode 28 – Tim Kennedy

The John Wayne Gritcast is BACK for season 2! We have a lot of amazing guests lined up for this next season but our first guest needs no introduction. Tim Kennedy is a decorated Green Beret sniper, UFC headliner, television...

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Episode 27 – Teddy Wingfield

Episode 27 – Teddy Wingfield

What was it like being in Duke’s inner circle? Well, lots of trips on the Wild Goose and passing out autograph cards to the fans! This week, we headed to Nogales, AZ, to the Wingfield ranch to sit down with Wayne Family friend, Teddy Wingfield. Teddy is the son of one...

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Episode 26 – Russell Molina

Episode 26 – Russell Molina

This week’s guest on the John Wayne Gritcast is Chairman of Texas Rangers 2023 and Vice Chairman of Texas Rangers Association Foundation, Russell Molina! Russell has a big job over the next 2 years, he is spearheading a statewide event in Texas celebrating the Texas...

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Episode 25 – Mark Rydell

Episode 25 – Mark Rydell

This week’s guest on the John Wayne Gritcast is Mark Rydell. The legendary Director of one of the most beloved John Wayne films of all time, The Cowboys. It is the 50th anniversary of the film’s release and Ethan and Mark haven’t seen each other since they were on...

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Episode 24 – Aissa Wayne

Episode 24 – Aissa Wayne

This week on the John Wayne Gritcast, Ethan sits down with his sister, Aissa Wayne, to discuss growing up with their dad, John Wayne. She talks about traveling on the Wild Goose and remembers a horrible storm where the ocean crashed through the salon of the boat. She...

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Episode 23 – Travis Tritt

Episode 23 – Travis Tritt

Today’s guest is the legendary Travis Tritt! Travis is a Grammy award winning country music icon. He is also a husband, a father, a songwriter, an actor, a proud American, and we are also lucky enough to call him a friend of the John Wayne team. On this episode, Ethan...

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Episode 22 – Randy Wayne White

Episode 22 – Randy Wayne White

Randy Wayne White is the author of the Doc Ford series and an extreme outdoorsman… and by extreme, we mean he hunts pythons. That takes some grit!  Ethan Wayne started reading the Doc Ford series and immediately saw some familiar names and reached out to Randy to see...

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Episode 21 – Matt’s Offroad Recovery

Episode 21 – Matt’s Offroad Recovery

No one gets off the beaten path, literally and metaphorically, more than Matt and his crew from Matt’s Offroad Recovery! Matt and his team run a very popular YouTube channel that shows them recovering vehicles who get stuck off roading. Matt and his team were nice...

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Episode 20 – Molly Kassouf

Episode 20 – Molly Kassouf

Run Pilgrim, run! Meet our John Wayne Grit Series Race Director, Molly Kassouf! If you have been to one of our runs, Molly has greeted you with a big smile. The John Wayne Grit Series is a series of trail runs set in beautiful rugged locations and bring awareness and...

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Episode 19 – Ricky Bolin

Episode 19 – Ricky Bolin

In the western world, there’s a saying “all hat and no cattle” which basically means someone is all talk but lacking the experience…. Well, Ricky Bolin is the opposite of this saying! He not only runs some of the most iconic western hat brands but he truly lives the...

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Episode 18 – Jennifer Wayne

Episode 18 – Jennifer Wayne

John Wayne’s Grit lives on through the next generation – Meet his granddaughter, Jennifer Wayne. Jennifer is a tennis player, song writer, Amazing Race contestant, and band member of Runaway June. In this week’s episode of the John Wayne Gritcast, Jennifer and her...

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Episode 17 – Chris Radomski

Episode 17 – Chris Radomski

John Wayne always said that if he was going to have a drink, it had better be a good one and today we’re talking to the man behind the spirits that bear Duke’s name. Meet Chris Radomski, co-founder and owner of Duke Timeless Spirits. This week’s episode, we’re diving...

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Episode 16 – Dr Dan Nelson

Episode 16 – Dr Dan Nelson

John Wayne was a huge supporter of the military and he wanted his legacy to be used to help the fight against cancer so there is no better guest for today’s John Wayne Gritcast than John Wayne Alumni Fellow, Dr. Dan Nelson. Dr. Nelson is not only a John Wayne Alumni...

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Episode 15 – David Corso

Episode 15 – David Corso

The Gritcast headed out to Pioneertown, California to meet up with our friend, David Corso! Ethan connected with David in 2020 while planning our John Wayne Grit Series Pioneertown run that benefits the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. On this episode, Ethan and David...

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Episode 14 – Richard Childress

Episode 14 – Richard Childress

If you’re a racing fan, then you know Richard Childress. Richard is a former NASCAR driver, the current owner of Richard Childress Racing, the owner of Childress Wineries, a wildlife conservationist, and advocate for child trauma with The Childress Institute of...

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Episode 13 – Family Christmas Episode!

Episode 13 – Family Christmas Episode!

This is our first John Wayne Gritcast Family Christmas Episode!  Ethan Wayne hosts brother Patrick Wayne, sister Marisa Wayne, and niece (John Wayne’s first grandchild) Anita Swift at his house to reminisce on family memories. The four of them tell stories of holidays...

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Episode 12 – Stacy Mulder

Episode 12 – Stacy Mulder

Meet the woman behind the operations at John Wayne Cancer Foundation, our Vice President, Stacy Mulder! Ethan and Stacy talk about the different ways John Wayne is helping the fight against cancer. Block the Blaze is our youth sun safety program that teaches kids skin...

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Episode 11 – Pam Minick

Episode 11 – Pam Minick

What doesn’t Pam Minick do? Pam is such a pillar in the Fort Worth Community and was a huge help in helping John Wayne: An American Experience make it’s home in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Pam and Ethan Wayne sit down to talk all about Pam’s background in the western...

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Episode 10 – Dr. Maheswari Senthil

Episode 10 – Dr. Maheswari Senthil

This week we are honored to be sitting down with Dr. Maheswari Senthil. Dr. Senthil is the Program Director for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation Fellowship program at UCI and the Director Peritoneal Malignancy Program.  Ethan Wayne sits down with Dr. Senthil to speak...

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Episode 09 – Alice Johnson McKinney

Episode 09 – Alice Johnson McKinney

Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of Thanksgiving, our guest on this week’s John Wayne Gritcast is Alice Johnson McKinney! Alice was married to John Wayne’s 26 Bar Ranch partner, Louis Johnson. Each Thanksgiving, the Wayne family would head to Casa Grande, AZ for the...

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Episode 08 – McCandles Family Reunion

Episode 08 – McCandles Family Reunion

Listen to our LIVE show from the Cowboy Channel Justin Boots studio as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Big Jake. We were lucky to have Patrick Wayne, Ethan Wayne, and Chris Mitchum with a live studio audience. You can also watch the episode: here....

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Episode 07 – Randy Savvy

Episode 07 – Randy Savvy

You can also watch this episode here: https://vimeo.com/644577506 Meet Randy Savvy from the Compton Cowboys. Randy is the leader of the Compton Cowboys and the Director of the Compton Jr. Equestrians. Did you know Compton is an equestrian city? Randy tells us the...

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Episode 06 – Bob O’Hill

Episode 06 – Bob O’Hill

 When John Wayne asks if you want to go to Mexico on the Wild Goose… you go. Bob O’Hill is another very close Wayne family friend. His older sister, Koi, was best friends with John Wayne’s wife, Pilar. Bob was around for a lot of fun adventures in Newport and on the...

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Episode 05 – Tom Saftig

Episode 05 – Tom Saftig

If you want to hear some never before heard stories about John Wayne, then this is the episode for you! Who else knows you better than your best friend? Ernie Saftig was one of John Wayne’s longest and closest friends. Ernie was there for many big life events...

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Episode 04 – Marisa Wayne

Episode 04 – Marisa Wayne

What’s it like seeing your dad get shot on a huge screen? Terrifying. That's what happens when you're John Wayne's daughter! On this week’s episode of the John Wayne Gritcast, Ethan Wayne talks with little sister, Marisa Wayne. The two talk about growing up in Newport...

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Episode 03 – Pilar Wayne

Episode 03 – Pilar Wayne

In this episode of the John Wayne Gritcast, Ethan Wayne sits down with his mother, Pilar Wayne. Pilar & Ethan are also joined by Marisa and the three sit down at Pilar’s dining room table and discuss her very interesting life. She details her earliest memories of...

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Episode 02 – Patrick Wayne – Part 2

Episode 02 – Patrick Wayne – Part 2

In this episode, Ethan continues his conversation with Patrick Wayne where they share their own experiences in Hollywood, their family memories, and answer some fun questions about their lives and the life of their father, John Wayne. We are also lucky enough to have...

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Episode 01 – Patrick Wayne – Part 1

Episode 01 – Patrick Wayne – Part 1

Welcome to our first episode of the John Wayne Gritcast with our first guest, Patrick Wayne! Patrick Wayne is John Wayne’s third oldest child and appeared in eleven films with his dad. He and host, Ethan Wayne, are also joined by another special guest, Marisa Wayne....

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The John Wayne Gritcast Trailer

The John Wayne Gritcast Trailer

The John Wayne Gritcast is a fresh perspective on a classic icon and the Americana he still inspires. Join host Ethan Wayne every Thursday as he discusses his father’s life and legacy with Hollywood legends, old friends, and those bringing The Duke’s values to life...

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