Patrick John Morrison, better known by his stage as Patrick Wayne, is an actor from the United States. He has appeared in more than 40 films. He is the second son of John Wayne, the famous Hollywood actor. Patrick seemed destined for greatness from the start. With a career spanning over five decades, the veteran actor has cemented his place among the great actors who have graced the silver screen. Patrick had a rugged good look and an obvious charisma about him that was hard to miss and won many hearts in the second part of the twentieth century, despite not being as attractive or charming as his father. Some speculate that he was unable to fully emerge from his father’s shadow. While this is largely true, Patrick has developed his own kind of celebrity that has weathered the test of time well.
Childhood and Adolescence
Patrick Wayne was born in Los Angeles, California, on July 15, 1939, to John Wayne and Josephine Alicia Saenz. He was the second of the couple’s four children. He was born Patrick John Morrison, but later changed his name to Patrick Wayne after adopting his father’s surname. Patrick attended a local high school before enrolling at Loyola College, where he graduated in 1961, five years after his elder brother.
Career of Patrick
Patrick had his debut appearance on screen when he was only 11 years old. His earliest roles were in films directed by John Ford, a personal friend of his father’s and his Godfather. In the year 1950, he made his film debut in the film ‘Rio Grande.’ Following that, John Ford appeared in five films: ‘The Quiet Man’ (1950), ‘The Sun Shines Bright’ (1953), ‘Mister Roberts’ (1955), ‘The Long Gray Line’ (1955), and ‘The Searchers’ (1955). (1956). Two of these films had his father as a co-star: ‘The Quiet Man’ and ‘Rio Grande.’
Because of his popularity on the big screen, he was quickly enlisted by television program producers to guest star on their shows. Patrick made his television debut in 1955, in the film ‘Rookie of the Year,’ directed by John Ford and co-starring John Wayne. In 1957, he played alongside Howard Duff and Ida Lupino in the successful television sitcom ‘Mr. Adams and Eve.’
He also appeared in John Ford’s masterpiece, ‘The Searchers.’ The film was released in 1956 and quickly became a cult classic. John Wayne, Vera Miles, and Ward Bond also appeared in the film. Patrick proceeded to Loyola Marymount University, where he met Dennis Hopper and became friends with him. Patrick earned the major role in the film ‘The Young Land’ with him. The film was released in 1959. It was well-received in the industry and signaled his departure from his father’s shadow.
He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard after graduating in 1961. During that time, he appeared in a number of John Ford films, including ‘The Alamo’ (1960), ‘The Comancheros’ (1961), ‘Donovan’s Reef’ (1963), and ‘McLintock’ (1963). His performances in the last two films aren’t considered cameos because they were larger and more important. Patrick’s older brother, Michael Wayne, produced ‘McLintock,’ as well as the 1968 film ‘The Green Berets,’ in which he played a key role. John Wayne, their father, directed both of these films.
Patrick also appeared in the films ‘Cheyenne Autumn’ (1964), ‘Shenandoah’ (1965), and ‘An Eye for an Eye’ during this time (1966). Patrick appeared in ‘Shenandoah,’ alongside James Stewart, who played his father. The next year, he starred in ‘The Rounders,’ a television comedy series. Ron Haye and Chill Wills also had significant roles in the film.
‘Big Jake,’ which was released in 1971, was the final film in which Patrick appeared alongside his father. Michael Wayne produced the film, which also starred Ethan Wayne, John’s youngest son, and Christopher Mitchum, Robert Mitchum’s son. Patrick has appeared in 11 films with his father in all.
Patrick’s career peaked in the middle and late 1970s, when he had a number of memorable roles in popular films. In 1977, he starred as Sinbad in the film ‘Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.’ Wayne defeated demons and saved his lady love in the popular fantasy drama. His popularity in science fiction films was so high at the time that he was cast in another high-profile sci-fi film the same year, ‘The People That Time Forgot.’ During that time, special effects were just beginning to reach their zenith, and in this film, Patrick battled even crazier animals, thanks to special effects.
Wayne’s career after ‘The People That Time Forgot’ was primarily concentrated on television series and game shows. He played Shirley Jones’ love interest in the 1979 film ‘Shirley.’ He went on to host ‘The Monte Carlo Show,’ a reality show that featured talents from all over the world, the following year. ‘Fantasy Island’ (1978), ‘Murder, She Wrote’ (1984), ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (1976), and ‘Sledge Hammer!’ are among Patrick’s other television appearances (1986).
Surprisingly, he was given the role of ‘Superman,’ which he turned down due to his father’s deteriorating health. He was also a part of the resurrection of the ‘Tic-Tac-Dough’ game show. Before the show was cancelled, he hosted 13 episodes of it. During this time, he also appeared in a few films, the most notable of which were ‘Rustler’s Rhapsody’ in 1985 and ‘Young Guns’ in 1988. His final film appearance was in 1997’s ‘Deep Cover.’ He has appeared in seven documentaries, including ‘Hollywood Greats,’ ‘American Masters,’ and ‘The Quiet Man: The Joy of Ireland,’ among others.
Personal Experiences of Patrick
Patrick has had two marriages throughout his life. His first marriage, to Peggy Hunt, was planned to take place in the fall of 1964, but it was called off at the last minute. A year later, on December 11, 1965, in Hollywood, they married. Before divorcing in 1978, the couple had three children: two sons and a daughter. His second marriage was a bit of a shock because he married Misha Anderson, a woman approximately thirty years his junior. They met at the Sherwood Country Club at a wedding.
In May of 1999, he married her, and they have been together ever since. After losing their father to the same sickness a few years prior, Patrick and his siblings founded the John Wayne Cancer Institute in the early 1980s. He was appointed Chairman of the Institute in 2003. Patrick and his wife, Misha, currently reside in Arizona.
Estimated Net Worth
Patrick Morrison has a $12 million net worth. Patrick Morrison, best known by his stage as Patrick Wayne, is an American actor and the son of John Wayne and his first wife, Josephine Saenz. He has 40 credits to his name, nine of which he co-starred in with his father.