Here’s Why John Wayne Never Served In WWII

Thanks to the rugged, macho persona that he adopted both on and off screen, John Wayne was once seen as the quintessential all-American male. And while the star may not be held in as much esteem today as he was at the height of his career, he’s still undoubtedly a cultural icon. But even back in Wayne’s heyday, one question loomed large: why didn’t the actor serve in World War II? Well, the answer to that may come as a surprise.