For 35 years John Wain has been portraying his hero, John Wayne, all over the United States and some foreign countries. He has entertained John Wayne fans in Caesar's Palace, Vegas World, Imperial Palace, Boom Town and in stage productions, such as "Chorus Line." Wain, his real name, performed at George W. Bush's inauguration and did 40 shows at the convention. He has done over 250 television and radio commercials and starred in a movie, "The Last American Hero," authorized by John Wayne's wife. Wain has also performed at many fairs, including the Florida State Fair.
He also does some private parties and conventions. One he is proud of is the ProtectTV company of Trenton, Ga., meeting recently. "I especially liked that one because they manufacture a product that controls what children can see on television," he said.
Wain has performed with Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, and many other entertainers. He also did shows at the FFA Conventions in Kansas City. Wain still performs with the Oak Ridge Boys when they play in Branson.
Wain was recently nominated for a Cloney award by the International Guild of Celebrity Impersonators in Tribute to Artists (IGCITA). He was cited for "the Best Historical Reenactment for Impersonating the Legendary John Wayne."
John Stuart, producer of the Legends in Concert Shows, wrote on the back of a Wain picture, "To the greates John Wain ever -- a true patriot and friend. Best Ever."
Wain first became interested in John Wayne when people kept telling him he sounded and looked like the Duke. "I am from New England and had heavy New England accent. I didn't see how I could ever portray John Wayne," he said. "I started memorizing things he said over the years. My first one was 'Let's head'em up and move'em out.'"
Wain's first interest in John Wayne was not his movies or his acting. "His love of his country and patriotism was my motive for being interested in him. I served in the Marines and have that same feeling about America," he said.
In addition to Wayne, Wain impersonates Walter Brennan, Frank Fontaine's "Crazy Guggenheim" and a little of Kathrine Hepburn. Jimmy Stewart His road to Branson was not a pleasant one. He first heard of Branson and its shows over 20 years ago, but didn't arrive until 2004. While in Shreveport, LA. he was called to do public relations for a Branson organization. "I was 50 miles out of Shreveport on my way to Branson when I received a phone call that I had been cancelled. It broke my heart," he said. He was then offered the opportunity to perform at the Little Opry Theatre in the IMAX Entertainment Complex.
"I love Branson. First of all, I came here because of its spiritual aspect and its love of America," Wain said. "All of the people here are so kind and courteous. It's no wonder so many people come to Branson, it is God's guest house on earth."
-700 Club With Pat Robertson
-Ralph Emery Show, Nashville Now
-P. M. Magazine
-CNN, Ted Turner, Patriotism in America
"Last American Hero" -Documentary of John Wayne by John Wain
"Jack of Hearts" with Aaron Spelling
"Cool World" with Kim Basinger
"Door to Door Salesman" with Ron Leiberman
"Unsolved Mysters" with Robert Stack
"Man and the People" Doubled for James Garner
PRODUCTION SHOWS: (PERFORMED AS LOOK ALIKES)
"Get On Stage with The Duke" -Walter Brennan
"Portrait of an American" -Frank Fontaine (a.k.a. Crazy Guggenheim)
"Legends in Concert" -Maurice Chevalier
"The Duke" featured with the "Belles of the West" -John Wayne
"Chorus Line" - 6 Weeks in Japan 1989