|John Wayne as J. B. Books in The Shootist. His last film in 1979.|
John Wayne (as J.B. Books) "You ain't kilt, but your gonna have a bellyache all winter, ya boob."
You ask any John Wayne fan who his favorite co-star was, and just about everyone will agree it was Maureen O'Hara. He said it himself, and they made five movies together--one of my favorites is McLintock (1962), one of the only comedies he made. They were terrific together. But there was another who also made five movies with John Wayne, an actor the Duke had great respect for and asked for by name. His name was Dollor, and he was a big sorrel with a white blaze on his face, and white stockings. John Wayne and Dollor were also terrific together.
|John Wayne and Dollor (1969)|
Wayne was so fond of Dollor, he had the screenwriter of The Shootist rewrite the script so that Dollor could be mentioned by name--in fact, little Ron Howard got in a little jam with J. B. Books in the film over Dollor. John Wayne died in 1979. Dollor went on to star in a couple more movies after the Duke's death, and finally lived out his remaining days on a ranch near Dallas, Texas. Dollor lived a long life, and died in 1995.
In case you couldn't tell, I'm a huge John Wayne fan. People often ask me what the first chapter I wrote in the Famous American Freemasons series was. It was Bro. John Wayne. If you're a John Wayne fan, this would be a good time to visit your local magazine stand. American Cowboy Magazine has a collector's edition out that features John Wayne--100 beautifully illustrated pages. I got the essential facts for this piece about Dollor out of that collector's edition, and it's just crammed full of great articles about "The Duke." A life-long fan, I found a lot of interesting details I didn't know. It will only be available until September, so you better go look for it today.
~Todd E. Creason
originally published 9/20/12