What Did John Wayne Have in Common with an Airedale?

What John Wayne had in common with an Airedale was a nickname.  As a kid, John Wayne had an Airedale named “Duke” which is where he derived his own nickname, “Duke.” Locals in John Wayne’s hometown of Glendale often called the two, “Big Duke” and “Little Duke,” but in 1930 while shooting the film, “The Big Trail,” director Rao Walsh gave him the more rugged moniker, “John Wayne.” The childhood nickname, however, stuck, and Wayne would be known as “the Duke” for the rest of his life.

Image of John Wayne, far left, with Duke, the family Airedale.

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