Posts from Rooster52 in thread „The Shootist (1976)“

    Think he couldn't catch his breath during the shoot, that's when they found his heart issue. None the less, he had major health problems for much of the last 5 years of his life. Getting old sucks!

    So very true. At 52 I can honestly say gravity sucks.

    I think I read he was sick during filming and it wasn't a year later he had heart surgery to replace a heart valve. He never recovered long enough to do another project. His cancer return just after the heat surgery.

    Ah! Okay. Thanks for the clarification. I thought he had health problems when he made this film. It just wasn't the same health problems that would take him a few years later. I remember seeing footage of him between takes for this film telling fellow actors how he sometimes didn't feel well at all and that waking up to a normal day where no ailment afflicted him was a blessing he always welcomed.

    You know I ALWAYS thought John Wayne was sick during the shooting of this film. Of course we do have to add he did an uncredited voice over in Star Wars. A fun fact for sure. So why did he not make anymore films after the Shootist? I would be curious to know, because he seem to stay on a pretty consistent shooting schedule there for some time. Was he purposely retiring from the craft?