Just one of those items that I hadn’t heard, and which I thought was worth mentioning:
Soviet documents released in 2003 reveal that, despite being a fan of Wayne’s movies, Joseph Stalin ordered Wayne’s assassination due to his strong anti-communist politics. Stalin died before the killing could be accomplished. His successor, Nikita Khrushchev, reportedly told Wayne during a 1959 visit to the United States that he had personally rescinded the order. – wikipedia
What would the cult of John Wayne look like if it could truly be said that commies had shot Liberty Valance?
John Wayne said that Gene Hackman was the worst actor ever. As far as I’m concerned, that would have been more than good enough a reason to shoot him, regardless of his political views… 😉