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.Updated: Jul 31, 2017 21:56 IST
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.
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.
A hero of theatre. A hero of writing. A hero of acting. A hero of mine. Sam Shepard RIP.— Nikolaj CosterWaldau (@nikolajcw) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard was a towering figure in American theater and film. He indeed had "the right stuff." His voice will truly be missed. https://t.co/gkkK8KHxum— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 31, 2017
R.I.P. Sam Shepard - cowboy poet dramatist of the American family shadow. A legend.— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) July 31, 2017
RIP Sam Shepard. Ride on, genius.— marc maron (@marcmaron) July 31, 2017
Heartbroken to lose our great American playwright, Sam Shepard a real cowboy heart, a real artist. pic.twitter.com/0B0avrePQo— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) July 31, 2017
Literally bumped into Sam Shepard many years ago, both of us on our way to see Pillow Man on Broadway. We had a great chat/walk. #hero RIP— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) July 31, 2017
Paul just said "He left us a lot" about Sam Shepard. He's right. 🖤— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) July 31, 2017
#SamShepard ,— Troy Baker (@TroyBakerVA) July 31, 2017
In both prose & performance you were a beacon, guiding writers & actors to a deeper understanding of the human experience.
Deeply saddened by the death of #SamShepard, playwright & actor at the age of 73. A true, clear American voice - a great loss.— Stuart Gordon (@OfficialSGordon) July 31, 2017
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First Published: Jul 31, 2017 21:56 IST