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"Most published sources refer to John Wayne's birth name as Marion Michael Morrison. Wayne's birth certificate, however, gives his original name as Marion Robert Morrison. According to Wayne's own statements, after the birth of his younger brother in 1911, Wayne's parents named the newborn Robert Emmett and changed Wayne's name from Marion Robert to Marion Michael. It has also been suggested by several of Wayne's biographers that Wayne's parents actually changed his birth name from Marion Robert to Marion Mitchell. In Duke: The Life and Times of John Wayne, (1985) Donald Shepherd and Robert Slatzer state that when Wayne's younger brother was born, "the Duke's middle name was changed from Robert to Mitchell. . . . After he gained celebrity, Duke deliberately confused biographers and others by claiming Michael as his middle name, a claim that had no basis in fact." "-- encyc britannica online.

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