Manager's Special Price: $17.99 Limited Time Offer. Offer Ends 6/30/2022 Original Price: $25.00. John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa and moved west to California with his family. In California, he acquired the name, “Duke,” because local firefighters knew his dog’s name and started calling Marion “Duke” as well. The name stuck. Uncover his story from humble beginnings to movie star.