John Wayne was once known as the quintessential all-American man. This was because of the rugged and macho persona that the cultural icon projected on and off-screen. John Wayne made a name for himself in the industry for playing heroes in war movies and Westerns. However, there was one question that loomed throughout his career: why didn’t the actor didn’t serve in World War II? Not many know the answer to this question and it’s bound to shock you. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know.
Surprisingly, Wayne’s lack of military experience didn’t initially affect his career. In the 40s, it was common for draft dodgers to be looked down on by their peers. Additionally, Wayne was surrounded by men who took part in the war effort.
It’s possible that Wayne wanted to serve, but he was unable to do so. Otherwise, he might have enjoyed the Hollywood lifestyle and didn’t want to be without it while serving in the military. Could it be a combination of these two reasons?