In honor of Father’s Day comes the fifth photo story of John Wayne in a role he played best: Dad.
Aissa is the eldest child of John and Pilar Wayne. Duke first met Pilar in 1953 during a visit to a local movie set in Peru. The two were later married in Kona, HI while Duke was on location for the filming of TheSea Chase (1956). Aissa was born a year later, the first of John and Pilar’s three children. And like many of John Wayne’s children, Aissa spent a lot of time on sets with her dad. Today, she’s a mother of three, including to daughter Jennifer, a member of the famous country-western group Runaway June. Aissa is also on the board of the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, and proudly champions the work done by the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and John Wayne Cancer Institute.