Quiz: Was it John Wayne or Clint Eastwood?
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Was it John Wayne or Clint Eastwood?
By: John Miller
Image: Walter Wanger Productions

About This Quiz

“Go ahead, make my day,” and, "Whoa, take 'er easy there, Pilgrim," are two of the most famous movie quotes of all time, spoken by two of the most iconic actors ever to grace the silver screen. But what do you really know about John Wayne and Clint Eastwood?

Both men emerged from humble roots, fought their way through a morass of depressing Hollywood roles, and then pulled themselves up by the (literal and figurative) bootstraps to become major movie star celebrities. Did you know that one of them had such a difficult time breaking through that he went all the way to Italy to star in a cowboy film, and then almost immediately shot to fame? And that one never mentioned his birth name (Marion) because he absolutely hated it?

Neither man was content with simply acting in films, so they both took up directing, too. But only one of them cobbled together an Academy Award-winning career, both in front of and behind the camera. Do you know who it was?

With their competing steely gazes, these two film heroes starred in dozens and dozens of films, but only one of them had a promising athletic career, ended by injury. Can you name the star?

Click now and see if you’re tough enough to survive our Wayne-Eastwood quiz. If you make it, you’ll understand that, “Out here, due process is a bullet!”

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Which of our famous Western stars is called "Duke?"
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Which actor wrote, directed and performed the starring role in, "Unforgiven?"
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Which actor got a huge break thanks to the 1939 film, "Stagecoach," directed by John Ford?
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Which actor starred as Harry Callahan in an entire movie franchise?
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Which actor took a strong stance against Communists and worked to get them out of the Hollywood film industry?
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Which famous actor was a star in "Million Dollar Baby" and also directed it?
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Which actor starred in two of John Ford's masterpieces: "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and "Rio Grande?"
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Which man starred in the 1971 psychological thriller, "Play Misty for Me?"
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Which man directed more movies?
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Which actor has a well-known obsession with playing chess?
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Which actor became famous, in part, due to a character who always wore an old poncho?
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Which actor's career launched thanks to so-called "Spaghetti Westerns" that were shot in Italy?
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He delivered the iconic line: "Whoa, take 'er easy there, Pilgrim."
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Which man starred in "Rio Bravo," a film that also featured Dean Martin and Angie Dickinson?
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Which star won an Academy Award for "True Grit?"
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Which actor turned down a role in "Apocalypse Now?"
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Which actor's career got a big boost from the 1948 film, "Red River?"
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He delivered this line: "You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend; Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig.”
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Who said this timeless line? "Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn’t have f***ed with? That’s me.”
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Which star had a big-time college football scholarship until a body surfing accident ended his sports career?
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Which star weighed a whopping 13 pounds when he was born?
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Later in his career, which actor delivered the line, "Go ahead, make my day"?
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As a young man, which actor survived an emergency plane landing (in the ocean) and then swam to safety?
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Who said this line? "Out here, due process is a bullet!"
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Which actor had a prominent Adam's apple that turned off some studio executives?
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Which actor was known for calling cancer, "The Big C?"
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He delivered this ominous line: "Hell of a thing, killin' a man. Take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have."
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Who played the character Josey Wales in, "The Outlaw Josey Wales"?
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Which famous actor chain-smoked five packs of cigarettes per day, with dire consequences?
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Which man played an old, dying gunfighter in the 1976 film,"The Shootist"?
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