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John Wayne was a prolific 20th century Earth actor known for his roles in American Western films.

In 1956 Wayne appeared in The Searchers, and in 1960 he appeared in the movie The Alamo, which depicted the Battle of the Alamo.

When approached by Julian Bashir and Miles O'Brien about "The Alamo", Vic Fontaine recalled John Wayne and his role in the film as Davy Crockett. (DS9: "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang")

Ronald D. Moore commented: "When I first was working on ["It's Only a Paper Moon"] in my first draft I used clips from John Wayne movies. I was having Nog watch several different John Wayne movies over the course of the show. He and Vic were going to talk about them. I was trying to reach for some things about bravery and heroism, and fiction and reality, and what it meant to be a hero on the screen, and what it meant to be a hero in real life. Vic was going to talk about Wayne’s dichotomy, that he was this great war hero on film, from a guy that never served a day in uniform. Did that matter? Did it speak to the movies? It was interesting stuff that I really liked, and we never worked it out in the teleplay because getting the clips to John Wayne films were extremely difficult, and very expensive." (Cinefantastique, Volume 29 Number 6/7)
In 1968, Wayne directed and starred in the Vietnam War-era film The Green Berets, with George Takei. A year later, he co-starred with Kim Darby in True Grit. Paul Fix was a personal friend of Wayne and acted in several of his films.

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