#6. John Wayne
An enduring American icon, for several generations of Americans,John Wayne epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height.Wayne’s career took off in 1939, with John Ford’s Stagecoach making him an instant mainstream star. Wayne went on to star in 142 pictures. Biographer Ronald Davis says: “John Wayne personified for millions the nation’s frontier heritage. Eighty-three of his movies were Westerns, and in them he played cowboys, cavalrymen, and unconquerable loners extracted from the Republic’s central creation myth.