“Now You’re the Biggest Asshole I Know…”

Today in History, November 5, 1960:

Here’s one for my fellow old movie buffs.

Ward Bond, John Wayne and director John Ford had made dozens of movies together over the years.

Ward Bond was a prolific actor, making as many as 30 movies in a single year. Of the AMA’s 100 top movies, he appeared in 7…more than any other actor, to include Gone With the Wind, The Grapes of Wrath, The Maltese Falcon, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Searchers.

While staring in “Wagon Train” he went to Dallas, Texas to see a ball game and died of a massive heart attack on this date.

He, Wayne and Ford were all best friends and prolific drinking buddies, in addition to Andy Devine.

Like any good friend, and likely heartbroken, at Bond’s funeral, John Ford walked up to Devine and said, “Now YOU’RE the biggest asshole I know.”

“Oh, ah, Mr. Wayne, I heard you were dead?” ——-“NOT Hardly…..”

Today in History, June 11, 1979:

John Wayne, The Duke, Marion Michael Morrison, dies. He was not just an actor, he was an American icon that inspired us to great things. We won’t see his like again.

Yet John Wayne lives on in his legacy. Each time someone tries to emulate him, live like him, the country is all the better for it.

So perhaps the Duke is not gone at all.