In honor of Father’s Day comes the sixth photo story of John Wayne in a role he played best: Dad.
Ethan is John Wayne’s youngest son with wife Pilar, whom he met on a movie set while she was making a film in Peru. The two later married in Kona, Hawaii while Duke was filming WW II drama The Sea Chase (1955). Ethan, who’s now the president of John Wayne Enterprises and director of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation—a family-formed non-profit founded in 1985 to continue John Wayne’s courageous battle with cancer, during which he committed himself to helping others fight the disease and became a benevolent life force for the cause—grew up, like his siblings, on film sets and spent time with his dad in places such as Mexico and Colorado, and sailing for the likes of British Columbia and Alaska on board his father’s boat the Wild Goose. And, as Ethan recalls, “I remember just following my father everywhere. I just wanted to be with him all the time.”