Despite being a fan of his movies, Joseph Stalin ordered the assassination of John Wayne!
John Wayne was heavily involved in politics. He was a socialist in college, but became a vocal conservative Republican quickly. He voted for Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman and helped create the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals in 1944.
In 1947 he became the organization’s president. He strongly opposed communism and was part of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Joseph Stalin, leader of Russia at the time, was a big fan of John Wayne, but ordered his assassination for his strong stance against communism. The assassination never happened. Sadly though, Wayne died of stomach cancer in 1979.