Why John Wayne Almost Quit Hollywood As A Young Actor

The Western film genre is as much a staple of American culture as apple pie.

The genre has waned in popularity recent years, however, as shown by how many Westerns Hollywood studios produced back in the 1930s through the 1950s versus more contemporaneously.

"The Power of the Dog" and the Paramount television series "Yellowstone" both seeing success in the 21st century.

Despite the recent films and shows that feature ranchers, horses, and protagonists with cowboy hats, in the world of Hollywood, the term "Western" is still synonymous with John Wayne.

Most Wanted Western Movies states that Wayne starred in films across multiple genres beginning in the late 1920s, but was in at least one western nearly

every year from the 1930s to 1950, and later won an Oscar for his role in the western "True Grit" in 1969.