That is a tough one, Chuck Norris is hands down the best in martial arts, but it took several nuclear blasts by military testing to kill John Wayne, and even then it took several year there after to do the job. So I would have to say The Duke
Ok Based on the parts they played as an actor, who in your mind is the tougher guy?
A. John Wayne
B Chuck Norris
The question is an impossibility to determine, as such is a red herring.
Chuck Norris has too much respect for John Wayne to even try to be as tough as the Duke. That's why Chuck Norris decided to come to Earth in a human form after John Waynes' prime. Even when John Wayne had cancer he still was kicking butt and making interns take names.
John Wayne. There is none tougher than The Duke. I give Chuck his propts, and I agree that it may well be that Chuck, out of sheer respect, would not outdo The Duke, The Duke was and is the most awesome, and had some of the best lines.
"I wouldn't say that too often to me, and one more time is too often."
" I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them. "
"Put it in a nutshell? You couldn't put it in a barrel without a bottom. You're the longest winded bastard I've ever known."
"Out here a man settles his own problems."
"Don't say it?s a fine morning or I'll shoot ya"
"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."
"You do and it'll be the biggest mistake YOU ever made, you Texas brush-popper! "
"Young fella, if you're looking for trouble, I'll accommodate you. Otherwise, leave it alone."