Yes...John Wayne (movie actor born in 1907) offered that opinion in 1971. A man who grew up in a different world, speaking in a different time. It is likely the home he was born in (in a town of 3000 souls in Iowa) had no electricity or indoor toilet, much less a telephone or radio. There were likely no automobiles in his town during his early childhood, and no paved roads. And quite likely there were no black families there, either. Even today, they account for only 0.2% of the town's population. His life informed his views - just like everybody else. The fact that he's famous doesn't imbue his words with greater content or importance than just that.
And yes, that was his view in 1971, when he was 64 years old.