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Michael Wayne

Michael Anthony Morrison
Born Michael Anthony Morrison
(1934-11-23)November 23, 1934
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died April 2, 2003(2003-04-02) (aged 68)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart failure complication attributed to lupus
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Nationality United States American
Other names Michael A. Wayne
Education Business degree
Occupation Film Producer
Known for Producing several of John Wayne films
Spouse(s) Gretchen Wayne (1958 - April 2, 2003) (his death)
Children Christopher, Alicia, Josephine, Maria and Teresa.
Parents John Wayne
Josephine Alicia Saenz
Relatives Brother Patrick Wayne
Half-brother Ethan Wayne

Michael Anthony Morrison (November 23, 1934 – April 2, 2003) was an American film producer and actor, and the eldest son of legendary Hollywood actor John Wayne and his first wife, Josephine Alicia Saenz.


Born in Los Angeles, California, Michael graduated from Loyola University in California in 1956 with a Business degree and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.[1]

Michael began his film career as a production assistant on the set of the John Ford film The Quiet Man in 1951. He joined his father’s film production company, Batjac Productions, for Alamo (1960) and became line producer for McLintock! (1963) and producer on many other John Wayne vehicles including Big Jake (1971) and Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973).[2]

Michael, who developed the reputation of being a good businessman, served on the board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund and was The John Wayne Foundation's president and chairman of the board. He also was founder and chairman of the board of the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Center.[2]

Michael and his wife, Gretchen, had five children, son Christopher, daughters Alicia, Josephine, Maria, and Teresa. He died at the age of 68 of heart failure as the result of complications from lupus erythematosus, just two months before his mother's death.[2]



External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • The New York Times
  • The John Wayne Cancer Institute

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