Duke’s Legacy: Part 2

In honor of Father’s Day comes the second photo story of John Wayne in a role he played best: Dad.

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MARY ANOTONIA WAYNE

Born in 1936, Mary Antonia, also known as “Toni,” was Duke’s second child with first wife Josephine Alicia Saenz. She was also an actress alongside her father and had small roles in familiar films such as The Quiet Man and The Alamo. Throughout her life, Toni had eight children, including Brendan Wayne, who also became an actor and is more recently known for his brilliant work on The Mandalorian.

Toni (left) with her dad and sister Melinda (right) on location for the filming of Jet Pilot.

Toni (left) with her dad and sister Melinda (right) on location for the filming of Jet Pilot.

Some of Duke’s most adoring fans: Toni, Melinda and Patrick (from left to right) on Catalina Island during the filming of Operation Pacific.

Some of Duke’s most adoring fans: Toni, Melinda and Patrick (from left to right) on Catalina Island during the filming of Operation Pacific.


“I hope my family and my friends will be able to say that I was an honest, kind and fairly decent man.”

— John Wayne

In 1956, Toni married Donald La Cava in Hollywood, CA with her dad by her side.

In 1956, Toni married Donald La Cava in Hollywood, CA with her dad by her side.

Toni holds her daughter Anita.

Toni holds her daughter Anita.