When John Wayne rode into Andy’s
09 February, 2017 — By John Gulliver
John Wayne in Rio Bravo, 1959. Right: Andy Joanides
THERE are many stories being told about the late Andy Joanides, the famous proprietor of Highgate Road’s ASF Garages and other petrol stations in the neighbourhood, who died in January.
I recall hearing how he was good friends with the actor James Coburn, who was living with the song writer Lynsey de Paul in Highgate and would pop in for a cup of tea and a gossip.
One day, Coburn showed up with none other than John Wayne. Andy was a big fan of cowboy films, but rather than be starstruck by such an actor stepping into to his filling court office, Andy’s response was priceless – and typical of his sense of humour.
When Coburn introduced Wayne, the first thing he said was: “Where’s your f*****g horse!” Wayne thought it was hilarious, and laughed his head off.