John Wayne Was ‘Heartbroken’ When He Lost 1 Secret Dream Career

The eventual movie star got his start in Hollywood, continuing his works in props but on a much bigger scale. He worked at Fox, which is where he had his fateful first meeting with legendary filmmaker John Ford. He worked hard and developed a close friendship with the director, which resulted in several notable collaborations, such as The Searchers and The Quiet Man.
Wayne enjoyed a wonderful career in Hollywood, but he had another passion that he was “heartbroken” to lose. According to McGivern, he was doing very well for himself in Glendale, California, where he also earned a football scholarship at the University of Southern California.

He didn’t tell anybody his plans when he was growing up, but he aimed his academic interest toward applying to a naval school named Annapolis. However, the institution rejected him, even though they still held his name on their reserve list. Nevertheless, Wayne expressed that he was “heartbroken” over the ordeal.

Wayne didn’t take the bad news so well, as he retreated into himself, becoming “quiet, withdrawn, and moody.” He fell back on going to USC, even though he still considered it to be “humiliation.”

John Wayne invested in a World War II houseboat

Wayne didn’t get the opportunity to make the open sea his career, but he was still able to have adventures of his own on the silver screen. He went as far as investing in a slice of the sea-faring life in his free time later into his life.

The movie star purchased a decommissioned World War II Naval minesweeper and used it as a houseboat. He called it the Wild Goose II. He created a slice of heaven for himself with a gorgeous bar and rooms for games. Wayne didn’t have the opportunity to explore the career that he always wanted, but he did get to enjoy the sea while living in Newport Beach.

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