John Wayne by Gary Saderup

Gary Saderup Celebrity Portraits

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Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor and filmmaker. An Academy Award-winner for True Grit (1969), Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades.

Born in Winterset, Iowa, Wayne grew up in Southern California. He found work at local film studios when he lost his football scholarship to the University of Southern California as a result of a bodysurfing accident.:63–64 Initially working for the Fox Film Corporation, he appeared mostly in small bit parts.

His first leading role came in Raoul Walsh's The Big Trail (1930), which led to leading roles in numerous B movies throughout the 1930s, many of them in the Western genre. Wayne's career took off in 1939, with John Ford's Stagecoach making him an instant star. He went on to star in 142 pictures.

Biographer Ronald Davis said, "John Wayne personified for millions the nation's frontier heritage. Eighty-three of his movies were Westerns, and in them he played cowboys, cavalrymen, and unconquerable loners extracted from the Republic's central creation myth." Wayne's other well-known Western roles include a cattleman driving his herd north on the Chisholm Trail in Red River (1948), a Civil War veteran whose young niece is abducted by a tribe of Comanches in The Searchers (1956), and a troubled rancher competing with a lawyer for a woman's hand in marriage in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).

He is also remembered for his roles in The Quiet Man (1952), Rio Bravo (1959), and The Longest Day (1962). In his final screen performance, he starred as an aging gunfighter battling cancer in The Shootist (1976). He appeared with many important Hollywood stars of his era, and his last public appearance was at the Academy Awards ceremony on April 9, 1979

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  • Original pencil drawing John Wayne and 1988

    Hello and thanks for your question!

    Do you have this print?  If you do, it would be an original if it were in color.
    Otherwise, unfortunately, it is a print.

    Gary's artwork looks so real, that many people think they have an original,
    but unfortunately not.

    Thanks for asking!  Marilyn

  • Hi Marilyn I have Gary's Frank Sinatra from 1986.. It's signed and numbered 359/1000 in pencil with the 86 date. It's beautifully framed and in mint condition. Purchased from him in 86 in San Diego at an art show. Can I get a probable current value from you? Thank you Jeff

    Hello and thanks for your question!

    This would be a guess only, as we're not art appraisers, but I would say it would be worth
    between $ 200 and $300.  All of Gary's limited editions are sold out and there are none
    available in Sinatra that I've been able to find.  So you might be able to get a bit more
    because of this.  

    Thanks again,


  • Hello, I have the large 20 x 24 print signed twice by Gary Saderup 1988. Matted in white and black, with simple black frame. Overall size 25" x 30" in perfect condition. What would be the value of this piece?

    Hello and thanks for your question!

    I would estimate this would be worth $ 125.00.  If it is originally signed (which there would be actually 2 signatures) one in pencil and one in the print itself, the piece would be worth more.
    If it is a limited edition with numbers on it like 100/350 as an example, this makes the price go higher.  I hope this helps!  Marilyn

  • Can you get in a bigger size

    Hello and thanks for your question!

    Unfortunately the larger sizes were all sold out so this size is the only size available.

    Thanks for asking though!  Marilyn

  • Hi,i have this copy from 1988 it is signed by Gary Saderup on the front bottom left and the size is 22 3/4 x 27 inches approx i cant measure it exactly as it is framed.Could you tell me how much it worth please?

    Hello and thanks for your email!

    Actually the print you have is a 20" x 24" size and this size has been sold out for some time.
    The current estimated value would be about $ 100, not counting the framing.

    I hope that helps!  Marilyn

  • I have this copy from 1988. How much would this one be worth?

    Hello and thanks for your question!

    I need to know if this is originally signed by the artist, Gary Saderup, which means it would be signed twice
    one in the print and another in pencil?  Also what size is the print?  If you can send me this information
    I can give you a current value.