This slideshow features black and white photos of the handsome, young, John Wayne, otherwise known as “The Duke.” He was a major sex symbol in the early 1930s and 40s, and has remained one of the most legendary actors in American history. Born as Marion Robert Morrison in 1907, Wayne first captured our attention in the 1931 film The Deceiver, followed by his revolutionary performances in hit western movies like Stagecoach, Riders of Destiny, True Grit and The Big Trail. These photos feature The Duke when he was a teenager and into his early 30’s, when he began catching Hollywood’s attention. Wayne has starred alongside major stars like Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood and Jimmy Stewart, and he remains one of the highest box office draws to this day. The American Film Institute named Wayne 13th among the Greatest Male Screen Legends of All Time in 1999. John Wayne died in 1979, after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. Enjoy viewing these photos of a legendary actor: the sexy John Wayne when he was young.