AUSTIN, Texas, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas Legislature officially adopted a resolution declaring May 26, the birthday of the enduring American icon John Wayne, as "John Wayne Day" in the State of Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation declaring the iconic star an honorary Texan.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, a self-proclaimed lifelong-fan of the iconic actor, was instrumental in delivering both accolades in the Lone Star State.
The most popular film actor of the 20th century, Wayne became a symbol of everything a great American man could be, renowned not only as a talented actor but as a loving father, a fisherman, a horseman, a hunter, an adventurer and an unabashed patriot of the United States of America.
"The Duke's independent spirit embodies what it means to be a Texan and personifies the storied history of the Lone Star State," states Governor Abbott. "I am proud to join all Texans in honoring his legacy and celebrating May 26th as 'John Wayne Day'."
"Texas was always an important place to our father," says Ethan Wayne, son of the legendary icon. "He starred, directed and produced one of his most distinguishing films, The Alamo, and told stories of how he felt it could have been his second home. The culture of the state and the strong pride of this American community reflects the spirit of John Wayne himself."
"To me," said Lt. Governor Patrick, "when you think of Texas you think of John Wayne. Not only does he embody our proud traditions and rich history but the fundamental can-do spirit and persevering attitude of our state."
38 years after his death John Wayne still remains one of America's most renowned larger than life luminaries whose name appears at the top of the Harris Poll's annual listings of America's favorite movie stars year after year. With a career spanning over five decades John Wayne appeared in more than 175 films. The incredibly versatile actor starred in just about every genre but it was the Western, the American cinema, where Wayne made his lasting mark. He was nominated three times for the Academy Award, winning the Oscar for Best Actor in 1969 for True Grit. Wayne was also awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and in 1980 President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. In his memory, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation was founded in 1985 by Wayne's children and is an organization that brings courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer.
SOURCE John Wayne Enterprises