- Dec 28, 2015
All the nuclear tests in American deserts is also the reason a lot of the old Western actors like John Wayne died of cancer.
From the Wikipedia entry on John WayneReally?
They probably all smoked, drank and ate unhealthily tooFrom the Wikipedia entry on John Wayne
“Although he enrolled in a cancer vaccine study in an attempt to ward off the disease, Wayne died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979, at the UCLA Medical Center. He was buried in the Pacific View Memorial Park Cemetery in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach. According to his son Patrick and his grandson Matthew Muñoz, who was a priest in the California Diocese of Orange, Wayne converted to Roman Catholicism shortly before his death. He requested that his tombstone read "Feo, Fuerte y Formal", a Spanish epitaph Wayne described as meaning "ugly, strong, and dignified". His grave, which was unmarked for 20 years, has been marked since 1999 with the quotation:
Among the cast and crew who filmed The Conqueror (1956) on location near St. George, Utah, 91 cast/crew members developed some form of cancer at various times, including stars Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Pedro Armendáriz, and director Dick Powell. The film was shot in southwestern Utah, east of and generally downwind from the site of recent U.S. government nuclear weapons tests in southeastern Nevada. Many contend that radioactive fallout from these tests contaminated the film location and poisoned the film crew working there. Despite the suggestion that Wayne's 1964 lung cancer and his 1979 stomach cancer resulted from nuclear contamination, he believed his lung cancer to have been a result of his six-pack-a-day cigarette habit.”
@Aurora Newman isn't wrong about John Wayne, but it was his Genghis Khan movie The Conqueror that killed him and other stars like Susan Hayward, plus many of the crew, because that moron Howard Hughes insisted they film it on a desert used recently for atomic bomb tests. Hughes even had irradiated sand shipped from the site to the studio for more filming. He basically condemned most of them to death. It's a shit film, too.