John Wayne: Roles Missed or Rejected–Dirty Harry

John Wayne actively campaigned for the title role in Don Siegel’s violent policier, Dirty Harry, in 1971. However, Warner, the studio behind the film, decided that at 63, he might have been too old, and instead cast the 41-year-old Clint Eastwood.

Dirty Harry became one of Eastwood’s most iconic roles, leading to a whole franchise.