Michael Wayne, eldest son of John Wayne, died at 68 on April 2 from heart failure after surgery due to complications with Lupus at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Ca.
A film producer for 40 years,, mainly for productions starring his father, Wayne produced “McLintock,” Brannigan,” “Cahill U.S. Marshall,” “The Train Robbers,” “Chisum,” and “Cast a Giant Shadow.” Michael produced while John Wayne directed and starred in “The Green Berets,” “Big Jake,” “The War Wagon,” and “The Alamo.”
Michael Wayne grew up in Los Angeles and attended Loyola University of California, graduating in 1956 with a Business degree. In time he became an active member of the Hollywood community, serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Motion Picture & Television Fund as well as President and Chairman of the Board of the John Wayne Foundation.
Michael and wife Gretchen Ann Wayne spearheaded the Odyssey ball, the annual fundraiser staged by the John Wayne Cancer Institute.
He is survived by wife Gretchen Ann; his mother, Josephine Wayne Nigg; brothers Patrick and Ethan; three sisters, five children, and two grandchildren.
The funeral will be April 8th at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood at 10a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Medical Center or Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Cardiovascular Services.