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During all this time, the real John Wayne was more complicated and thoughtful than his screen persona. Though he often drank, Wayne was an avid sailor and frequently spent his down time playing chess. He would also perform quiet acts of charity and kindness away from the public spotlight. Wayne sometimes wrote letters to God, which he considered his own way of praying. When he got older, Wayne would also attend Mass alone and stay to pray in church though he did not receive the Eucharist.

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