posted on Aug, 1 2003 @ 07:26 PM
Never mind offing the president, if anything would have started WWIII, this is it!!!
Book tells how John Wayne survived Soviet assassination
Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow
Friday August 1, 2003
Joseph Stalin ordered the KGB to assassinate John Wayne because he considered his anti-communist rhetoric a threat to the Soviet Union, according to a
new biography of the film star based on interviews with Wayne's close associates and the movie legend Orson Welles.
Stalin apparently learned of Wayne's popularity from the Russian filmmaker Sergei Gerasimov, who attended a peace conference in New York in 1949.
Michael Munn, a film historian and author of John Wayne - The Man Behind The Myth, said Gerasimov told Stalin of Wayne's fervent anti-communist
"Stalin decided that he would have him killed," said Mr Munn, who says he was told of the plot by Orson Welles at a dinner in 1983. Welles had said
that the KGB was given the task of assassinating Wayne.