Born Marion Robert Morrison, John Wayne played many memorable roles during his 50–year career, but he is perhaps best known for characters exhibiting the rugged individualism associated with the American cowboy. He won an Academy Award for his role as Rooster Cogburn, the one-eyed marshal in True Grit (1969).
John Wayne's darkest and most intense character, Ethan Edwards, from John Ford's incredible masterpiece "The Searchers". Duke's performance in this film is absolutely towering! He is completely unforgettable and one can not possibly imagine anyone else in the role, he so completely makes it his own. This film is cited by the likes of George Lucas and Martin Scorsese as altering their very lives, so I think any praise I give it is comparitively feeble!