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John Wayne Gave His Verdict on ‘Superman’ Actor Christopher Reeve at the Oscars

Actors John Wayne and Christopher Reeve had something in common when it came to being notable movie stars with a big presence. They both stood well over six feet tall, but they had signature acting styles that allowed them to command the screen in other ways. Wayne once told fellow legendary actor Cary Grant what he really thought about Reeve and his future in Hollywood.

John Wayne and Christopher Reeve both attended the 1979 Academy Awards

L-R: John Wayne and Christopher Reeve | Images/Getty Images and Saxon/IMAGES/Getty Images

Wayne attended the Academy Awards multiple times, and he even earned two nominations and a win. He was first nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for 1949’s Sands of Iwo Jima. Wayne’s second nomination was for something else entirely: Best Picture for 1960’s The Alamo, which he directed himself. His final nomination was for 1969’s True Grit, which also marked the only time he brought home the Oscar gold.



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