Published Jul 31, 2017The world has lost a true one-of-a-kind artist with the passing of Sam Shepard. A renowned playwright, screenwriter, author, director and actor, he died at his Kentucky home on July 27 following a battle with ALS. He was 73.
Shepard achieved many milestones throughout his career. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in 1983's The Right Stuff. He also won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for 1979 play Buried Child.
That's just scratching the surface, of course. In his decades-long career, Shepard wrote 44 plays and starred in films like Days of Heaven, Resurrection, Fool for Love and The Pelican Brief.
More recently, Shepard played Robert Rayburn on Netflix's Bloodline and also had roles in films like Mud, August: Osage County and Midnight Special.
Shepard is survived by his children Jesse, Hannah and Walker Shepard, and his sisters Sandy and Roxanne Rogers.