: I don't know what it's like to be anyone else's son; it's the only life I have known.
Possessing his father's durable good looks, vigor and charm, this tall, strapping, exceedingly handsome second son of John Wayne had huge boots to fill in trying to escape his legendary father's shadow and corral Hollywood fame on his own terms. But attempt he did and, looking back, he may not have achieved the outright stardom of his father but certainly did quite admirably, making over 40 films in his career, nine of them with his dad.
Patrick John Wayne carried his father's name, so it seems natural that a similar destiny would be in the making. Patrick made his debut film bit at age 11 in his father classic western Rio Grande and proceeded to apprentice in The Quiet Man, The Sun Shines Bright, aamongst others, some with and some without his father's name above the title credits. All the above-mentioned films, however, were helmed by family friend and iconic director John Ford.
Following work on his dad's Big Jake, Patrick broke away and sought success on his own. Interestingly, he earned more recognition away from the dusty boots and saddle scene and into the sci-fi genre.
Patrick was a smoother, more gentlemanly version of the Wayne package with a completely captivating smile and accessible personality. He co-starred as a romantic love interest to Shirley Jones in another brief TV series Shirley.