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The War Wagon: John Wayne stars in the trailer for the 1967 film

Today, Wayne, often known by his nickname The Duke, stars in the epic 1960 historical war film The Alamo, airing from 1:50 p.m. ITV4. Also starring Hollywood actor Richard Widmark, The Alamo tells the story of a town in 1836 San Antonio and the band of Texans who seek to protect it against a group of Mexican troops. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and one Golden Globe, although it failed to win any awards at either event.

Wayne remains one of Hollywood’s most enduring stars, with his career beginning in the silent era of the 1920s, and rising to global stardom over the following decades.

In total, he starred in 179 films and television productions, and in 1970 he had picked up the Oscar he had longed for for his performance in True Grit.

He was so influential that the American Film Institute selected Wayne as one of the greatest male stars in classic American cinema.

Married three times and divorced twice, Wayne had seven children in all, including his daughter Aissa, who once remembered her last meeting with her father.

John Wayne's heartbreak: the Hollywood icon's beautiful last words to his daughter on her deathbed

John Wayne’s heartbreak: the Hollywood icon’s beautiful last words to his daughter on her deathbed (Image: GETTY)

Wayne, often known by his nickname The Duke, stars in the epic 1960 historical war film The Alamo.

Wayne, often known by his nickname The Duke, stars in the epic 1960 historical war film The Alamo. (Image: GETTY)

According to John Wayne’s official Twitter account, Aissa noted that Wayne was “truly a loving father and grandfather.”

She noted that “it was cute to see him with the grandkids,” as he “went all ‘goo-goo’ and ‘gaga,'” adding, “He was just a jolly guy.”

But when Wayne was in his final hours and Aissa was holding his hand as she sat patiently with him, her daughter sensed that she wanted to know if he still recognized her.

In his final days, Wayne’s battle with stomach cancer worsened and he passed away in 1979.

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John Wayne won an Oscar for True Grit

John Wayne won an Oscar for True Grit (Image: GETTY)

Years before his death, Wayne coined the term The Big C in 1964 to describe cancer.

Due to his condition, Wayne had to have his left lung removed, as well as four ribs, and although he started his recovery well, he continued to smoke and chew tobacco.

As she deteriorated, Aissa asked Wayne if he knew who she was.

In his last words, he replied: “Of course, I know who you are.

“You’re my girl. I love you.”

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John Wayne was nominated for two other Oscars

John Wayne was nominated for two other Oscars (Image: GETTY)

While Wayne’s final moments were clearly emotionally charged, his temper was well known throughout Hollywood during his early years.

This was perhaps best demonstrated in 1973, when security guards reportedly had to restrain Wayne as he tried to remove Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather from the Academy Awards stage.

At the time, actor Marlon Brando had turned down his Oscar for The Godfather because of the treatment of Native Americans in the movies.

His gesture was also meant to ensure that the events at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, where Native Americans were massacred in 1890, were highlighted.

UK filming locations

UK filming locations (Image: EXPRESS)

But Wayne was outraged at the move.

According to Littlefeather, a furious Wayne attempted to remove her from the stage before security stopped him.

She told The Guardian in 2021: “During my set, he was coming towards me to force me off the stage, and six security men had to hold him down to stop him from doing it.”

She added: “It all happened so fast when it was announced that I had won.

“I promised Marlon I wouldn’t touch that statue if he won. And I promised Koch I wouldn’t go over 60 seconds.

“So there were two promises that I had to keep.”

The Alamo airs today on ITV4 from 1:50pm

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