Few People Know The Truth About John Wayne’s ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ Appearance
Actor John Wayne is a legendary actor in the world of westerns. He acted in many low budget westerns before his big break, a movie called “Stagecoach” in 1939. In all, he was in approximately 250 movies during his career.
You might think that being a successful movie star would make an actor feel too good to agree to a guest appearance on a sitcom, but that wasn’t the case for Wayne. He actually made several guest appearances, including one on “The Lucy Show” and another on “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
You also might think that in order to get a big movie star like Wayne to agree to appear on a sitcom, you might have to agree to pay him a lot of money. Again, that wasn’t necessarily the case for Wayne.
In 1967, Wayne appeared on an episode of “The Beverly Hillbillies” called “The Indians Are Coming.” In case you’re not familiar with the show, the basic plot is that it’s about a country family named the Clampetts who struck it rich when they found oil under their property. They move to Beverly Hills, but they keep their country ideology. The comedy comes from the conflict between the lifestyle in Beverly Hills, California, and the family’s roots in the country.
During the episode Wayne appeared on, the Clampetts encounter a local Native American tribe. The running joke of the show is that one of the family members, Granny, keeps saying that she wishes John Wayne would show up to protect them because they think the Native Americans are going to attack them like in an old western movie.
At the end of the episode, John Wayne actually does show up and talk to Granny. Watch this cameo appearance for yourself in the video below.
Surprisingly, Wayne didn’t request any money at all for the appearance on the show. All he wanted was a bottle of bourbon, and producers of the show were happy to fulfill that request.
Does it surprise you that a movie star like John Wayne would appear on a TV show without requesting a lot of money in return?