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  • The John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California is named after him.
  • But I remember when you’d see John Wayne or Steve McQueen and you’d say, Wow, those guys are badass.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Davie’s drunker’n Cooter Brown, and he staggers up to this ol’ Vietnamese madam and puts his hands on his hips like John Wayne and says, ’How much fer a suckle thar, Miss Slanty Eyes?’
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • When I got back from New York City that night, Lucas was alone in the living room watching some John Wayne Western where John Wayne was riding horses and climbing over fences and walking that way he walks.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now

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  • "Who in God’s name is John Wayne?"
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I have always been a John Wayne fan.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • We saw our first Western together, Rio Bravo with John Wayne, at the Cinema Park, across the street from my favorite bookstore.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • A John Wayne film was on the screen—Adam had forgotten the title.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • Every time I went to see her and check on the car I felt like John Wayne in that war movie where he buckles down his helmet, takes a swig of bourbon, and charges across the minefield yelling something like "Live Free or Bust!"
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • John Wayne, for example, made an extraordinary 179 movies in his sixty-year career and still ranks only 116th, at 2.7173.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point

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  • If I ever do finish it, though, I give you my word of honor: there won’t be a part for Frank Sinatra or John Wayne.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • If not, then he’s in the tradition of Gary Cooper and John Wayne and (later) Clint Eastwood.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • His John Wayne expression suddenly snapped down.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Lieutenant Pennel had thought to reorient his men with a show of John Wayne–like gallantry.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I turned on the TV fast and pretended to watch an old John Wayne movie.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • From beyond the grave, dead living legend John Wayne will communicate telepathically with President Reagan to help frame U.s.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • I discovered Western movies, especially the John Wayne ones.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • "Name one person John Wayne Gacy killed," I demanded.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • There, I saw Robert Duvall call John Wayne a one-eyed fat man, saw Big John yell out, "Fill yer hand, you sonofabitch!" and charge down across a wide, beautiful valley, reins in his teeth, shooting a Winchester from one hand and a Peacemaker from the other.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • He was succeeded in the mid-thirties by John Wayne, as the Western folk hero.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • I bought a box set of James Bond movies, some Clint Eastwood, John Wayne—I love John Wayne.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • I didn’t know at the time that the only other man who has had his face on a box of shotgun shells was John Wayne.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • Through some odd form of neurohypnosis, or whatever the term, this woman, who lived in Normal, Illinois—this made her irresistible—showed the symptoms of whatever illness Elizabeth Taylor was suffering at a particular time, or John Wayne, or Jackie Onas-sis, or name your star, from a fluey sort of fatigue to the skin eruptions of herpes simplex and the wasted frame of cancer.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • We children came up off the ground over the melting cones our parents brought home from work and the American movie on New Year’s Day-Oh, You Beautiful Doll with Betty Grable one year, and She Wore a Yellou) Ribbon with John Wayne another year.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • I remember begging Baba to take us to Iran so we could meet John Wayne.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • John Wayne didn’t really speak Farsi and he wasn’t Iranian!
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • ’You’ll pretend you were men instead of babies, and you’ll be played in the movies by Frank Sinatra and John Wayne or some of those other glamorous, war-loving, dirty old men.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • John Wayne disappeared.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • The problem is that more than half of John Wayne’s movies were Westerns, meaning that he made the same kind of movie with the same kind of actors over and over again.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • He tried to project the image of a lovable John Wayne figure while performing the disciplinary functions that were his main job as Assistant Principal, but did not succeed very well.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • She went over to the TV and turned it off just as John Wayne, in the midst of squiggles, was dying on a bulldozer.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • I bought a box set of James Bond movies, some Clint Eastwood, John Wayne—I love John Wayne.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • His lips curled into a John Wayne leer that was a little frightened around the edges.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • John Wayne and John Bradley on the set of The Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • John Wayne hands Rene Gagnon the flag as Ira Hayes and John Bradley look on.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Adam was reluctant to use a certain word but he went ahead anyway, pulling his eyes away from John Wayne on the screen.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • JOHN WAYNE THEY WERE NO LONGER BOYS NOW; they were postwar men.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • But Yates gave his approval—on the condition that the lead role be played by Hollywood’s emerging superstar of action films, John Wayne.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • John Wayne also served The Photograph, in Sands of Iwo Jima, the first Hollywood movie to depict the flagraising.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The two million people who visit Grauman’s annually notice that John Wayne’s plaque is different from those of the other movie stars.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Imagine—John Wayne and the flagraising! Soon, even though little of the movie concerned Iwo Jima, the flagraising image became central to its marketing.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • When I got back from New York City that night, Lucas was alone in the living room watching some John Wayne Western where John Wayne was riding horses and climbing over fences and walking that way he walks.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • Their two scenes—one bunched around John Wayne as they receive orders, the other a quick glimpse of them pushing up a flagpole—required a total of only about thirty minutes of filming.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • such as Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, clung to it with enduring success even after that accent lost its prestige, but soon more American-sounding actors, such as John Wayne and Gary Cooper, dominated the screens.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Watching John Wayne swagger across the street, gun riding low on his hip, his father said, "Because nobody knows how powerful these organizations— maybe there’s more than one—are today.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • I suspect I had gone a little crazy by then, for on the last day of my employment I showed up for work wearing my old faded green Marine "pisscutter" (the kind of cap John Wayne wore in Sands of Iwo Jima) as companion headdress to my seersucker suit; and I made sure that the Weasel caught a glimpse of me in this absurd rig, just as I’m certain I contrived that same afternoon that he would catch me out in my final gesture of defection ….
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Hap Harrigan comics," Metzger now even louder, "which she is hardly old enough to read, John Wayne on Saturday afternoon slaughtering ten thousand Japs with his teeth, this is Oedipa Maas’s World War II, man.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Who in bloody hell do you think you are, frigging John Wayne!
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
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