Patrick Wayne is a veteran of over thirty-five motion pictures, four television series, numerous television shows and commercials.
Son of famed Academy Award winning actor, John Wayne, and godson of Oscar winning director, John Ford, Patrick found this to be a double advantage when starting out in this highly competitive business.
Patrick Wayne has won star billing on his own right, accepting roles which have taken him clear around the world from Mexico to the Philippines, to Europe and Africa.
Wayne was born in Los Angeles, California, and attended Cathedral Chapel Grammar School, and upon graduation applied to Loyola High School where he ranked in the top ten of a thousand applicants. While there, he became president of the freshman class and was treasurer during his sophomore year. As a student, he also earned life membership in the California Scholarship Federation, an honorary organization in which members are selected on the basis of scholastic achievement. In addition to his accomplishments as a student, he participated in track and played two years of varsity football and was honored by being elected captain of the football team in his senior year.
Upon graduation, Wayne entered Loyola University in California, joined Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity in his sophomore year and he became its president as a senior. He received his B.S. degree in Biology and a minor in Philosophy.
Shortly after graduation from college, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where he spent eight years on active duty and in the reserves.
Wayne began his acting career at the age of eleven and, with the exception of active duty in the Coast Guard, he's been at it ever since. "I had reservations about becoming an actor from the time that I entered college," he says, "I thought I would get a better perspective about a career if my major were something apart from acting. College years and time in the Coast Guard gave me a more objective slant and I finally decided that I wanted a career in the entertainment business."
Many of the films Wayne has appeared in have become memorable examples of American motion picture making. His credits include "The Long Grey Line", "Mister Roberts", "The Searchers", "The Alamo" and "McLintock!" to name but a few. He also appeared in "Rio Grande" with his father John Wayne and a Claude Jarman, Jr. who will also be a guest of the festival in 2020.
In television, Wayne has been equally active having starred in two dramatic series, "Shirley" and "The Rounders" and made a number of other pilots for series including "Susie Mahoney" a Norman Lear-CBS TV situation comedy starring Suzanne Somers. He has guest starred on episodes of such well known series as "Charlie's Angels", "The Love Boat", "Fantasy Island", "Police Woman", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "Love American Style", "Murder She Wrote", "Frank's Place", "Sledge Hammer" and "Matt Houston."
He has also starred on such movies for TV as "Flight to Holocaust", "Yesterday's Child", "The Last Hurrah", "Three on a Date" and "The Grizzly Adams Easter Special." He was also host of the variety series, "The Monte Carlo Show."
In addition, Wayne has been featured on more than ninety television commercials, including Old Spice after shave, Alpo dog food, Marathon candy and Aspen soft drink.
He made his debut in the theatre in 1981 and whenever his schedule permits he pursues "work on the boards."
He has been the Chairman of the Board of the John Wayne Cancer Institute since 2003.
Wayne lives in the lovely Toluca Lake section of Los Angeles and is the father of three children, Michael, Melanie and Anthony. His son. Matthew, is a freshman at York University in England.
The 2020 MidSouth Nostaglia Festival will be paying tribute to the great TV shows and movies of the past. To fit that theme, we have invited guests who have direct connections to those wonderful programs.
Additional guests will be added as they are confirmed.
All guests appear on the condition of their availability.
Claude Jarman, Jr.
Claude Jarman was born in Nashville, Tennessee. As a child, he acted in productions of the Nashville Community Playhouse's Children's Theater.
Claude was in the movie "Rio Grande" with John Wayne, and also his son, Patrick Wayne, who has been a guest of our festival and will be a guest in 2020.
Claude was 10 years old and in the fifth grade in Nashville when he was discovered in a nationwide talent search by MGM Studios, and was cast as the lead actor in the film "The Yearling".
His performance received glowing reviews and he received a special Academy Award as outstanding child actor of 1946 as a result. He continued his studies at the MGM studio school, and made a total of 11 films. By the time he reached his early twenties he chose to leave his film career behind. Republic Studios cast him in a couple of B-movies, but discouraged, he moved back to Tennessee to finish college at Vanderbilt University.
Following coursework in pre-law at Vanderbilt, Claude appeared in Disney's "The Great Locomotive Chase" (1956), which was his final movie. After that, he served three years in the U.S. Navy, doing public relations work.
Claude moved to working behind the scenes. He ran the San Francisco Film Festival for 15 years (1965–1980) and was known for his in-depth retrospectives of movie stars and directors. He was Executive Producer of the music documentary film "Fillmore" (1972), about rock impresario Bill Graham. He returned to acting with a role on an episode of the television production "Centennial" (1978). Claude was a special guest as a past acting award winner at both the 1998 and 2003 Academy Awards Ceremonies. He served as Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Francisco. He founded Jarman Travel Inc. in 1986 to serve the travel needs of corporations and executives.
Mr. Jarman has seven children by three wives, including two daughters with his current wife, Katharine. In 2018, he wrote a book about his life titled 'My Life and the Final Days of Hollywood'.
Robert Fuller was born in Troy, New York. He and his mother moved to Florida when he was 5 years old where he later attended Miami Military Academy. After his mother remarried, the family moved to Key West, Florida where he attended high school. After completing school he moved to Hollywood with his parents.
Robert began working in films as an extra and eventually wound up doing stunt work, doubling such actors as Steve McQueen and Jerry Lewis. However, his career was put on hold while he served in the army infantry during the Korean Conflict. After completing his tour of duty, Robert returned to the States where he joined Richard Boone’s acting class. Boone eventually convinced Robert to continue his studies in New York with Sanford Meisner, at the Neighborhood Playhouse. After completing his studies in New York, Robert returned to Hollywood.
Robert began to get the attention of the industry with appearances in numerous television shows, including LUX PLAYHOUSE OF THE STARS, ALCOA PREMIER, KRAFT SUSPENSE, and BOB HOPE CRYSLER THEATER. Robert’s big break came in 1959 with the starring role of Jess Harper in the hit series LARAMIE. During LARAMIE’S four year run, Robert’s career skyrocketed, not only in the USA, but also in Germany, where he won five Golden Otto Awards (Germany’s equivalent to the Emmy Award) and in Japan, where he won Japan’s Best Actor’s award in 1961. Robert also received the highest award ever given to an American at that time: “The Golden Order of Merit”, awarded under the direction of the Emperor of Japan and presented by the Japanese Red Cross for his work with physically challenged and orphaned Japanese children.
At the conclusion of LARAMIE, Universal Studios offered Robert the role of the scout Cooper Smith on the long running series WAGON TRAIN. Robert also did a number of guest star appearances on TV and worked in such films as RETURN OF THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO AUNT ALICE, INCIDENT AT PHANTOM HILL, SINAI COMMANDOES, and THE HARD RIDE. It was his performance in THE HARD RIDE as a veteran Marine returning home from Vietnam that prompted Jack Webb to cast Fuller as Dr. Kelly Brackett in the NBC series EMERGENCY.
Robert has not limited himself to one medium, having done some stage work, which he really enjoyed. He had lead roles in plays including WAIT UNTIL DARK, MR. ROBERTS, BOEING, BOEING, and Neil Simon’s CHAPTER TWO.
Robert’s distinctive voice has been heard on many promotional announcements and commercials, both voice over and on camera. Robert was also the National Spokesperson for seven years for Teledyne Water-Pik and for Budweiser Malt Liquor.
An avid outdoorsman, Robert has been able to put his skills to good use. His love of fishing made his job as the on-camera host of the syndicated sport shows FISHING FEVER, BLUE WATER CHALLENGE and COLORADO RIVER ADVENTURE some of the most enjoyable of his career.
On April 12, 2008, Robert was inducted into the NATIONAL COWBOY AND WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM in Oklahoma City where he received THE WESTERN HERITAGE AWARD and a plaque in the HALL OF GREAT WESTERN PERFORMERS. This along with three long running television series, films, and awards and seeing his star included on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME, just blocks from the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater where he worked as a young man, are some of his personally most satisfying experiences.
Today Robert makes his home on a ranch in North Texas with his wife, actress Jennifer Savidge Fuller.