Who is Patrick Wayne?
Patrick John Morrison was born on 15 July 1939, in Los Angeles, California, USA, and is a retired actor, also known for being the son of famous actor John Wayne – real name Michael Morrison. Patrick was very active from the 1950s up to the 1990s, appearing in numerous films, in some of which he collaborated with his father.
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The Wealth of Patrick Wayne
As of early-2020, Patrick Wayne’s net worth is estimated to be over $15 million, earned through a successful career in the entertainment industry, working consistently for decades. He probably benefitted from the success of his father as well, including an inheritance as John had a net worth estimated to be over $50 million at the time of his passing.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Patrick grew up in Los Angeles, the second son of four children from John Wayne and his first wife Josephine Alicia Saenz. His mother was the daughter of the Consul General to the US in Panama. At a young age, he aspired to follow in the footsteps of his father, being one of the most successful actors during his time. He made his first collaboration with his father in “Rio Grande” when he was 11 years old, a western film which his father became known for, is a part of the cavalry trilogy by director John Ford.
A few years later he appeared in “The Quiet Man”, a romantic comedy film starring his father, Maureen O’Hara and Ward Bond.
The film is known for its depiction of the Irish countryside and was highly successful, winning two Academy Awards. Eventually, Patrick began working on other projects thanks to the help of John Ford, who had become a family friend of the Waynes. He appeared in “The Sun Shines Bright”, and then worked with his father once more in “The Searchers”.
Continued Acting Success
In 1955, Patrick worked on the television movie “Rookie of the Year”, which was another collaborative effort between him and his father. The film features Patrick as a talented prospect for professional baseball, but is the son of a former professional who was banned from Major League Baseball (MLB).
His father played the role of a sports journalist. After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at Loyola Marymount University, and took a few years off from acting.
On his return, he appeared in another John Ford movie – “Flashing Spikes” – which follows the life of a former professional baseball player. In 1959 he started to build on his own identity, establishing himself as a star in “The Young Land”, which featured him alongside Yvonne Craig and Dennis Hopper. This was one of the few attempts he made at a leading role separate from his father. In the years after, he enlisted with the US Coast Guard and stopped his momentum in leading rules.
He eventually returned to films to support his father, including in “The Deserter”, “An Eye for an Eye” and “Cheyenne Autumn. He was also cast as the main star in “The Bears and I”.
In the 1970s, Patrick became an established star in his own right, often appearing in science fiction films that established him as a mainstay of the genre. He also had other projects, starring in “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger”, before working on “The People That Time Forgot”, which is based on the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. In 1979, he played the love interest of Shirley Jones’ character in the show “Shirley”, before venturing into hosting work.
While doing these projects, he also took on guest roles – some of the popular programs he appeared in include “The Love Boat”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Fantasy Island”, and “Sledge Hammer!” In 1990, he became the host of the revival of the game show “Tic-Tac-Dough”, and remained active in acting as well as hosting up to his retirement in 1997. He was awarded the Almeria Tierra de Cine in Spain for his achievements in film, receiving the award due to his Spanish lineage from his mother’s side.
While he no longer takes acting projects due to his age, he is still a philanthropist.
Father – John Wayne
John Wayne grew up in Southern California, and was intent on pursuing a career in professional American Football at a young age. He was set to play college football with the University of Southern California, but his scholarship was withdrawn after he suffered an accident while bodysurfing. Dismayed, he discontinued his college education and then found a new passion in acting. He first began working for the Fox Film Corporation, mainly in support roles.
In 1930, he got his first lead role in “The Big Trail” which didn’t fare well in the box office, and the string of B-movies continued. Eventually, he established himself as a regular in Western films, elevating to stardom in “Stagecoach” which began his collaboration with John Ford. He ultimately appeared in over 140 films as the lead, with many of them set during the time of the wild west or the frontier. Some of his most notable projects include “Red River”, “True Grit”, “Rio Bravo”, and “The Longest Day”. For three decades, he remained a mainstay in top box office hits, and his achievements led to him being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Patrick married Peggy Hunt in 1965 after a few years in a relationship, and they stayed together for 13 years before divorcing. He remained single until 1999, when he married Misha Anderson. He has four children across his marriages. He is very active in supporting various efforts towards treating cancer, and is the chairman of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. This was because his father suffered from stomach cancer, and passed away from the disease at the peak of Patrick’s career. Before his death, his father was active in looking for possible cures for cancer.