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Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize winner, Oscar nominee, dies at 73. Hollywood reacts on Twitter

Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor whose career spanned nearly five decades, has died, US media reported Monday. He was 73.

hollywood Updated: Jul 31, 2017 21:56 IST
Sam Shepard listens to a question during a press conference for German director Wim Wenders' film Don't Come Knocking, at the 58th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival.
Sam Shepard listens to a question during a press conference for German director Wim Wenders' film Don't Come Knocking, at the 58th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival. (AFP)

Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor whose career spanned nearly five decades, has died, US media reported Monday. He was 73.

Shepard died at home in Kentucky of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, The New York Times reported, citing a family spokesman.

Shepard, who wrote nearly 50 plays, won the Pulitzer for drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1984 for best actor in a supporting role for the 1983 movie “The Right Stuff.”

One of his most recent roles was in the Netflix television series Bloodline.

This file photo taken on September 2, 2007 shows US actor Sam Shepard adjusting his sunglasses as he arrives for the screening of the movie The Assasination of Jessie James by the coward Robert Ford during the 64th Venice International Film Festival at Venice Lido. (AFP)

Born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois in 1943, he was the son of a teacher mother and Army officer father, who was a bomber pilot during World War II.

Shepard had a nomadic early childhood, moving from base to base around the country before graduating from high school in Duarte, California.

He started acting and writing while still in high school, and spent a year studying agriculture before joining a traveling theater company and later moving to New York, where he began writing plays.

He became playwright in residence at San Francisco’s Magic Theater and also worked in Hollywood as a writer on Zabriskie Point in 1970, until his role as Chuck Yeager in “The Right Stuff” brought him a wider audience.

Paris, Texas, for which he wrote the screenplay, won the Palme D’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

In 1986, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His plays are performed on and off Broadway and in all the major regional America.

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