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Born Marion Morrison in a small Iowa community in 1907, he had a difficult childhood. Marion’s family lived on the edge of poverty for much of his early life and his parents were often at odds. He was a gifted student and athlete and even earned a football scholarship to the University of Southern California. After an injury ended his football career, Marion’s coach got him a job at Fox Studios. Marion Morrison eventually became an actor. His name was changed. " John Wayne" would go on to star in a long series of cheap Westerns.

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