Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard, giant of the stage, poet of the moving pictures, leaves us at 73

A quintessential American, a great actor, major playwright and poet, Sam Shepard is one of those human beings whose very presence uplifts and makes the world a better place.

Shepard was a playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director. He wrote no fewer than forty-four plays and various books (short stories, novels and memoirs). In 1979 he received a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in “The Right Stuff” (1983).

More recently, he played the patriarch of a family caught in a death spiral in the Netflix series “Bloodline.”

Shepard died on July 27, 2017, at his home in Kentucky, aged 73, from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He will be sorely missed and very much remembered.

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