Sam Shepard, playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director has died from ALS at home in Kentucky. He was 73.
Though never married Jessica Lange was with Sam Shepard for 17 years and is the father of her two children.
Shepard penned forty-four plays, several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for Buried Child. His play True West in 1983 was nominated for the Pulitzer and the Drama Desk. In 1984 Fool for Love was nominated for a Pulitzer. In 1985 he won the Drama Desk Award for A Lie of The Mind and in 1996 Buried Child was nominated for a Tiny Award as was True West in 2000.
As an actor Shepard won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983). Shepard began his acting career in in Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven (1978), Resurrection (1980), and in 1986, his play Fool for Love was made into a film,in which Shepard played the lead. He was also in Crimes of the Heart (1986), Steel Magnolias (1989), Black Hawk Down (2001), The Notebook (2004) and August: Osage County (2013) to name a few.
On TV Shepard played Robert Rayburn on Bloodline from 2015-2017.
Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009.
Shepard taught writing in classes and seminars. He was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1986.
Theatre has just lost one of the great American playwright of his generation.