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04/03/2003 Entry: "John Wayne's Eldest Son Dies at 68"
BURBANK, Calif. - Michael Wayne, the eldest son of late actor John Wayne who helped produce several of his father's films, has died. He was 68.
Wayne died of heart failure Wednesday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center following complications from lupus, an immune system disease, publicist Warren Cowan said Thursday.
He was the head of Wayne Enterprises, which owns many of his father's films. Distributing the movies and merchandising his father's image occupied much of Wayne's time, along with real estate and other investments.
He said in 1991 that there were both advantages and drawbacks of having such a famous father, but "the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. I produced 'McClintock!' when I was 25 years old. I don't think if I wasn't John Wayne's son, I would have had that opportunity."
"It wasn't all smooth, working with my father; there were a lot of bumps along the way, both for him and me," he said. "But I wish he were still around so we could get in arguments."
Among the films Michael Wayne helped produce were "Brannigan" (1975), "The Green Berets" (1968), "Big Jake" (1971) and "The Train Robbers" (1973).
He also was chairman of the board of the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Center. John Wayne died of lung cancer in 1979.
Wayne graduated from Loyola University of California in 1956 and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gretchen; his mother, Josephine Alicia Saenz; two brothers; three sisters; five children; and two grandchildren.
© 2003 The Associated Press
Posted by: Kevin | 4/3/03
Replies: 24 comments
Posted by @ 00/00/ 00:00 EDT
my deepest sympathies, may he RIP and look down on all of us with his Father...
Posted by BigG @ 02/21/2004 04:34 PM EDT
Just would like to say that i am
very sorry to find out that
Patrick died in 2003 he was a great
actor and i loved the film about the bears.but he will live on in many peoples memories and my thoughts go to all your family.
Bob Cairns "in the UK"
Posted by Bob Cairns @ 01/09/2004 09:39 AM EDT
I need to know some info if anyone can help me. I have been the biggest fan of John Wayne a
Posted by R. Brown @ 12/20/2003 10:51 AM EDT
To answer your question. The Duke was in 152 pictures in all, and this DOSEN'T include TV appearences. Discuss more on our message board at http://www.dukewayne.com
Posted by Kevin @ 08/24/2003 01:06 AM EDT
When you speak of Michael Wayne, it would be nice to see of photo of Michael Wayne, not his father. I would like to see a photo of Michael Wayne, especially since this obituary or mini bio is about Michael Wayne.
Posted by Margaret @ 06/30/2003 02:33 AM EDT
we are sorry to hear about michael's death, my husband was his biggest fan, we didn't know about this until we got on the website. my husband has all of his movies, that he can get and pics of him, it just don't seem real that he is gone. our deepest sympathy to the family. he done a really great job for his dad's movies. we'll surely miss him, i hope everyone can still keep his dad's Image going and to teach the children's today about a true hero and to show that michael kepted his dad's image alive. deepest sympathy to the michael wayne family.
Posted by mark & barb julian @ 06/29/2003 03:31 PM EDT
QUESTION,, I WAS WONDERING IF U KNEW HOW MANY MOVIES JOHN WAYNE HAD BEEN IN.. I HAD ALWAYS BELIEVED IT WAS OVER 200 AND I HAVE HEARD AS HI AS 250 AND LOW AS 175.. I CAN'T SEEM TO FIND THE ASNWER AND WOULD BE THANKFUL FOR ANY HELP.. RESPECTFULLY YOURS,, TIM DOYAL SR..
Posted by TIM @ 06/28/2003 11:01 AM EDT
My deepest sympathy to theWayne family.My heart and prayers go them at this time.
Posted by fran hockett @ 06/14/2003 08:30 AM EDT
Sorry to hear of Michael's Passing. I am a huge fan of John Wayne's, and I have over 100 of his movies, and alot of memorabilia, including- Banners, posters, pictures, watches, full size cardboard statue, belt buckels, plates, and mini statues etc. My condolences to the wayne/morrison family, Michael has done a great job keeping his father's Image going, and I hope whoever takes over will keep it going great as well, And offer some more great movies for release. And to the Wayne family, Feel free to mail information to me, I would love to hear from you. My Address is 14277 State Rd. Ostrander, OH 43061.
Posted by Sam Hutchins @ 06/03/2003 08:55 AM EDT
My father was a HUGE fan of The Duke, hence my name. That said, I would like to express my sincerest of sympathies to the Wayne (Morrison) family. Rest In Peace, Michael
Posted by John Wayne Morrison @ 06/01/2003 08:56 PM EDT
My deepest sympathies to all the Wayne family.
I just heard of Michael's death
I don't know how I could of missed this, I am a great fan of John Wayne's and have seen and re-seen movies over 100's of times. I am the proud owner of over 100 films of John's and I am adding more as I find them. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wayne family.
Michael was a true asset to his father. He will be truly missed and my condolences to his son Michael's family on their loss.
Posted by Marcy L. Olin @ 05/30/2003 01:54 PM EDT
I grew up with movies of Mr. John Wayne, but it wasn't until my son Ryan (also of Irish\Scottich heritage) had to do a biography of some one famous that I learned of the wonderful, dedicated, talented and man of integrety he really was.
He is truly missed and my condolences to his son Michael's family on their loss.
Posted by Joanne McNeil @ 05/28/2003 10:00 PM EDT
Sorry to hear about Michael passing away. I don't know how I missed it on the news. We will miss him very much. My heart goes out to The Wayne Family. John was very proud of him. May God Bless you Michael. Has any more of his Family passed away that I don't know about? My deepest sympathies to all of the Wayne Family.
Posted by Homer Watts @ 05/06/2003 05:57 PM EDT
Sorry to hear about his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wayne family
Posted by Josh @ 05/04/2003 11:00 PM EDT
My thoughts and prayers are with all the Wayne family at this time.
Posted by Lori Yech, Michigan @ 04/19/2003 12:04 PM EDT
It is sad that Michael has passed on. My condolences to the Michael Wayne Family and his mother. A talented and inciteful person.
Posted by Richard L. McGlasson @ 04/14/2003 11:27 PM EDT
My deepest sympathies to all the Wayne family. I just heard of Michael's death. Patrick and I are the same age, so I have always felt kin to him and envied him for having the "DUKE" as his father. Now with Michael gone, Patrick will have to be the head of the
house sort of speak. I feel that he will be able to carry on in his father's and brother's footseps.
Posted by J. R. Rice, Dallas @ 04/13/2003 11:33 PM EDT
I had the good fortune to know Michael Wayne in connection with a museum honoring the Flying Tigers in Guilin, China. Michael introduced me to some of the original Flying Tigers, whom he said he felt honored to know, but it was clear that these WWII heroes were honored to know Michael too -- not just as the son of John Wayne, but in his own right. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time.
Posted by Margo Kairoff @ 04/12/2003 03:42 PM EDT
SIENTO MUCHO EL FALLECIMIENDO DE DON MICHAEL WAYNE. UN ABRAZO PARA TODA LA FAMILIA EN ESTOS MOMENTOS TAN DIFÍCILES. DESDE ESPAÑA, CON TODO EL CARIÑO, REZAMOS POR ÉL.
Posted by ÁLVARO CONTRERAS CABELLO @ 04/10/2003 01:24 PM EDT
this is sad news. sympathies to the family
Posted by barry crowley @ 04/09/2003 09:46 PM EDT
This article says that Michael Wayne is survived by three sisters. I believe that John Wayne had 2 daughters by his first marriage and 2 daughters by his third marriage. Did another sister pass away?
Posted by Herb Cover @ 04/05/2003 04:52 AM EDT
Deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Michael Wayne and his entire family at this most difficult time.
Posted by Charles Gliniak @ 04/04/2003 09:04 PM EDT
Deepest sympathy to Mr. Michael Wayne and hosentire family at this most difficult time.
Posted by Charles Gliniak @ 04/04/2003 09:01 PM EDT
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