Magazine article Screen International

Playwright, Actor Sam Shepard Dies Aged 73

Magazine article Screen International

Playwright, Actor Sam Shepard Dies Aged 73

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor who suffered from ALS died at his home.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor Sam Shepard has died from ALS. He was 73.

Shepard died on July 27 at his home in Kentucky surrounded by family. “The family requests privacy at this difficult time,” Chris Boneau, the spokesman for the family, said.

Shephard won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his play Buried Child and received a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.

His final on-screen appearance came in 2015 on the Netflix drama Bloodline. As an actor his screen credits include DaysOf Heaven, Resurrection,Frances, Country, Fool For Love,Crimes Of The Heart, Baby Boom, SteelMagnolias, Bright Angel, Defenseless,Hamlet, The Notebook, Black Hawk Down, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Brothers, Mud, August: Osage County, Cold in July, Midnight Special, In Dubious Battle, and You Were Never Here.

As a playwright, Shepard’s first New York plays, Cowboys and The Rock Garden, were produced in 1963. …

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