Actor John Wayne’s Name

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 17, 2007

Q Your May 20 story on John Wayne's birthplace says he was born Marion Robert Morrison. I always thought his real birth name was Marion William Morrison, and that Robert was his younger brother.
—Janice Weatherford, Eureka, Kan.

We heard from several readers who were confused about John Wayne's real name. "The Duke" was born Marion Robert Morrison in 1907, but his parents changed his middle name to William four years later when they wanted to name his younger brother Robert.