15 Celebrities Who Became Famous Accidentally

Stagecoach (1939)


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2. John Wayne

When he was still going by Marion Mitchell Morrison, John Wayne played high school football for the Glendale High School championship team in 1924. He earned a football scholarship to University of Southern California where he majored in pre-law. While enrolled, his football career was cut short after he broke his collarbone bodysurfing. Wayne lost his scholarship because he couldn’t play and had to drop out. After he left school, Wayne was hired to do odd jobs by director John Ford as a favor to his USC football coach, Howard Jones. Wayne was eventually offered bit parts and developed a friendship with Ford. This friendship certainly played a part in getting him cast as the lead in his first huge success, the classic western “Stagecoach.”

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