R.I.P. Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard – an Oscar nominated actor, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, an actor, author, writer, director, father and husband – has died at the age of 73 at his home in Kentucky.

News has only just broken about his passing, which took place late last week, surrounded by family at the time of his death. Shepard had been suffering from ALS (aka. Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Shepard began his acting career with Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” in 1978 and a year later won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play “Buried Child.”

Four years later he scored an Oscar nom playing legendary pilot Chuck Yeager in Philip Kaufman’s 1983 film “The Right Stuff,” and he also scored an Emmy nomination for the 1999 mini-series “Dash and Lilly”.

Along with the forty-four plays he wrote, he directed two films (“Far North” and “Silent Tongue”) wrote original screenplays (“Paris, Texas,” “Renaldo and Clara”) and saw several of his own plays adapted (“Fool for Love,” “Don’t Come Knocking”)

Acting wise he lent a thoughtful gravitas to many roles in such films as “Black Hawk Down,” “The Assassination of Jesse James,” “The Notebook,” “Midnight Special,” “Thunderheart,” “The Pledge,” “All the Pretty Horses,” “The Pelican Brief,” “Out of the Furnace,” “August: Osage County,” “Mud,” “Safe House,” “Brothers,” “Killing Them Softly,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Swordfish,” “Stealth,” “Snow Falling on Cedars ,” “Cold in July,” “Hamlet,” “Country,” and shows like “Streets of Laredo,” “Klondike” and “Bloodline”.

Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.