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John Wayne’s near-fatal moment on football pitch that wrecked career: ‘Killed him’

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JOHN WAYNE suffered a near-fatal moment on the football pitch, which wrecked his chances at a career in sport and would have seen him “killed”, a friend once claimed.

Nicknamed The Duke, Wayne is widely considered the greatest actor of the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema. Alongside his Academy Award for Best Actor, thanks to his portrayal in True Grit, Wayne starred in nearly 150 films and TV shows, during a career that spanned decades. Even now, years after his death in 1979, Wayne is still idolised and cherished by film fans the world over, with his flicks still played almost every day.

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