Final MovieAnnouncement Date : Jan 1 , 1976
True to his word about never retiring, at 65 years old Wayne continued to work in motion pictures, starring in nearly a dozen films in the last decade of his life including such memorable titles as “The Cowboys” (1972) and “Rooster Cogburn” (1975). In his final film “The Shootist” (1976), Wayne reunited one last time with a few of his former co-stars including Jimmy Stewart, with whom he starred 14 years earlier in “The Man Shot Liberty Valance;” Lauren Bacall (“Blood Alley,” 1955); and Richard Boone (“The Alamo” (1960), “Big Jake,” 1971).
Following his stomach cancer diagnosis in 1978, Wayne, a longtime advocate for cancer prevention and treatment tasked his family to use his name to find a cure. After a long and prolific life, Duke succumbed to the disease on June 11, 1979 at the age of 72.