The Shootist is a 1976 Western film directed by Don Siegel and starring John Wayne in his final film role. The picture is about a dying gunfighter who spends his last days looking for a way to die with the least pain and the most dignity. The film is based on the 1975 novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout with a screenplay by Miles Hood Swarthout (the son of the author) and Scott Hale. The supporting cast features Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, Richard Boone, Hugh O'Brian, Harry Morgan, John Carradine, Sheree North and Scatman Crothers. In 1977, The Shootist received an Academy Award nomination for Best Art Direction (Robert F. Boyle, Arthur Jeph Parker), a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Actress (Lauren Bacall), and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Ron Howard), as well as the National Board of Review Award as one of the Top Ten Films of 1976. The movie also received widespread critical acclaim, garnering a 95% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the picture also was considered one of John Wayne's most 'down to earth' roles, and was a brilliant career finishing movie. Many speculate that he was reluctant to choose another film in the three years left to him because this was such a perfect closing film for him. This is also one of only several John Wayne performances in which his character dies.