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Sam Shepard is a Actor, Director and Scriptwriter American born on 5 november 1943 at Fort Sheridan (USA)

Sam Shepard

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Birth name Samuel Shepard Rogers III
Nationality USA
Birth 5 november 1943 at Fort Sheridan (USA)
Death 27 july 2017 (at 73 years)
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Sam Shepard (born Samuel Shepard Rogers III; November 5, 1943) is an American playwright, actor, and television and film director. He is the author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983). Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009.


When Shepard first arrived in New York, he roomed with Charlie Mingus Jr., a friend from his high school days and the son of jazz musician Charles Mingus. Then he lived with actress Joyce Aaron. From 1969 to 1984, he was married to actress O-Lan Jones, with whom he has one son, Jesse Mojo Shepard (born 1970). In 1970-71, Shepard was involved in an extramarital affair with Patti Smith, who remained unaware of Shepard's identity as a multiple Obie Award-winning playwright until it was finally divulged to her by Jackie Curtis. According to Smith, "Me and his wife still even liked each other. I mean, it wasn't like committing adultery in the suburbs or something." Shepard met Academy-Award-winning actress Jessica Lange on the set of the film Frances, in which they were both acting. He moved in with her in 1983, and they were together for nearly 30 years; they separated in 2010. They have two children, Hannah Jane (born 1985) and Samuel Walker Shepard (born 1987). In 2003, Jesse Shepard wrote a book of short stories that was published in San Francisco, and his father appeared together with him at a reading to introduce the book.

Shepard played the legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff, and despite having a longstanding aversion to flying, he allowed the real Chuck Yeager to take him up in a jet plane in 1982, when preparing for the role. Shepard described his flying phobia as a source for a character in his 1966 play, Icarus's Mother. He went through an airliner crash in the film Voyager (1991), and according to one account, he vowed never to fly again after a very rocky trip on an airliner coming back from Mexico in the 1960s.

In the early morning hours of January 3, 2009, Shepard was arrested and charged with speeding and drunken driving in Normal, Illinois. He pleaded guilty to both charges on February 11, 2009 and was sentenced to 24 months probation, alcohol education classes, and 100 hours of community service.

On May 25, 2015 Shepard was arrested in Santa Fe, New Mexico for aggravated drunk driving.

His 50-year friendship with Johnny Dark was the subject of the 2013 documentary, Shepard & Dark, by Treva Wurmfeld. A collection of Shepard and Dark's correspondence, Two Prospectors (ISBN 978-0-292-73582-8), was also published that year.

The Sam Shepard papers at the Wittliff collections of Southwestern Writers, Texas State University, were donated by the author and comprise some 26 boxes of material. The University of Texas Libraries purchased a separate collection of his papers in 2006.


1964: Cowboys
1964: The Rock Garden
1965: Chicago
1965: Icarus's Mother
1965: 4-H Club
1966: Red Cross
1967: La Turista
1967: Cowboys #2
1967: Forensic & the Navigators
1969: The Unseen Hand
1969: Oh! Calcutta!
1970: The Holy Ghostly
1970: Operation Sidewinder
1971: Mad Dog Blues
1971: Back Bog Beast Bait
1971: Cowboy Mouth
1972: The Tooth of Crime
1974: Geography of a Horse Dreamer

1975: Action
1976: Angel City
1976: Suicide in B Flat
1977: Inacoma
1978: Curse of the Starving Class
1978: Buried Child
1978: Tongues
1980: True West
1981: Savage Love
1983: Fool for Love
1985: A Lie of the Mind
1987: A Short Life of Trouble
1987: Baby Boom
1991: States of Shock
1993: Simpatico
1998: Eyes for Consuela
2000: The Late Henry Moss
2004: The God of Hell
2007: Kicking a Dead Horse
2009: Ages of the Moon

1973: Hawk Moon, PAJ Books; ISBN 0-933826-23-0
1983: Motel Chronicles, City Lights; ISBN 0-87286-143-0
1984: Seven Plays, Dial Press, 368 pages; ISBN 0-553-34611-3
1984: Fool for Love and Other Plays, Bantam, 320 pages; ISBN 0-553-34590-7
1996: The Unseen Hand: and Other Plays, Vintage, 400 pages; ISBN 0-679-76789-4
1996: Cruising Paradise, Vintage, 255 pages; ISBN 0-679-74217-4
2003: Great Dream of Heaven, Vintage, 160 pages; ISBN 0-375-70452-3
2004: Rolling Thunder Logbook, Da Capo, 176 pages, reissue; ISBN 0-306-81371-8
2004: Day out of Days: Stories, Knopf, 304 pages; ISBN 978-0-307-26540-1

Awards and nominations

See also

List of playwrights from the United States
List of members of the AAALDL

Further reading
Espartaco Carlos Eduardo Sanguinetti: The Experience of Limits, p. 96 (Ediciones de Arte Gaglianone, first published 1989) ISBN 950-9004-98-7
Radavich, David. "Back to the (Plutonian) Midwest: Sam Shepard's The God of Hell." New England Theatre Journal 18 (2007): 95-108.
Radavich, David. "Rabe, Mamet, Shepard, and Wilson: Mid-American Male Dramatists of the 1970s and '80s." The Midwest Quarterly XLVIII: 3 (Spring 2007): 342-58.
Shewey, Don (1997). Sam Shepard. Da Capo Press (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press). p. 269. ISBN 978-0-306-80770-1.
External links

Official website
Sam Shepard at Bucknell University
CLIParser at the Internet Movie Database
CLIParser at the Internet Broadway Database
CLIParser at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
Works by or about CLIParser in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
Carol Benet collection of Sam Shepard research materials, 1970-1995, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Benjamin Ryder Howe, Jeanne McCulloch, Mona Simpson (Spring 1997). "Sam Shepard, The Art of Theater No. 12". The Paris Review (142).
video clips gathered by Mashpedia.
vteSam Shepard
Icarus's Mother
La Turista
Oh! Calcutta!
Cowboy Mouth
The Tooth of Crime
Geography of a Horse Dreamer
Angel City
Suicide in B Flat
Curse of the Starving Class
Buried Child
True West
Fool for Love
A Lie of the Mind
The God of Hell
Kicking a Dead Horse
Me and My Brother
Zabriskie Point
Renaldo and Clara
Paris, Texas
Far North
Silent Tongue
Don't Come Knocking
See also
Family Trilogy
Jessica Lange

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vtePulitzer Prize for Drama (1976–2000)
Michael Bennett, Nicholas Dante, James Kirkwood, Jr., Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban (1976)
Michael Cristofer (1977)
Donald L. Coburn (1978)
Sam Shepard (1979)
Lanford Wilson (1980)
Beth Henley (1981)
Charles Fuller (1982)
Marsha Norman (1983)
David Mamet (1984)
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim (1985)
August Wilson (1987)
Alfred Uhry (1988)
Wendy Wasserstein (1989)
August Wilson (1990)
Neil Simon (1991)
Robert Schenkkan (1992)
Tony Kushner (1993)
Edward Albee (1994)
Horton Foote (1995)
Jonathan Larson (1996)
Paula Vogel (1998)
Margaret Edson (1999)
Donald Margulies (2000)

Complete list

Best films

Safe House (2012)
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Black Hawk Down (2002)
August: Osage County (2013)
Mud (2013)
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

Usually with

Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders
(3 films)
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(2 films)
Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Sam Shepard (64 films)

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In Dubious Battle, 1h50
Directed by James Franco
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Nat Wolff, Vincent D'Onofrio, Josh Hutcherson, Selena Gomez, Analeigh Tipton, Bryan Cranston
Roles Mr. Anderson
Rating59% 2.998692.998692.998692.998692.99869
Jim Nolan (Natt Wolff), an activist for "the Party" organizes a major strike for apple pickers in California in the 1930s.
Ithaca (2016)
, 1h36
Directed by Meg Ryan
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Sam Shepard, Meg Ryan, Jack Quaid, Melanie Griffith, Hamish Linklater, Tom Hanks
Roles Willie Grogan
Rating54% 2.7493852.7493852.7493852.7493852.749385
En 1940, la famille Macauley est composée d'une veuve et de ses quatre enfants. L'ainé part au combat, et le cadet livre des télégrammes dans la ville d'Ithaca en Californie. Suite au départ de son grand frère, du décès de son père, il veille sur sa mère, sa sœur et son petit frère.
Never Here
Never Here (2016)

Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Mireille Enos, Goran Višnjić, Vincent Piazza, Nina Arianda, Sam Shepard
Roles Paul Stark
Rating43% 2.1684452.1684452.1684452.1684452.168445
Des événements troublants amènent un artiste qui photographie des étrangers à soupçonner que quelqu'un l'observe. Les frontières se confondent entre le réel et l'imaginaire, le crime et l'art, l'observateur et l'observé.
Midnight Special, 1h52
Directed by Jeff Nichols
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Adventure
Actors Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton, Jaeden Martell, Scott Haze
Roles Calvin Meyer
Rating65% 3.296033.296033.296033.296033.29603
Roy is a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton. Joined by Joel Edgerton and Kirsten Dunst's characters, this group must race to get Alton to a secret location all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard and a government task force headed up by Adam Driver. It is a full-on chase, the outcome of which could bring about a world-changing event.
Cold in July, 1h49
Directed by Jim Mickle
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Nick Damici, Vinessa Shaw, Wyatt Russell
Roles Russell
Rating66% 3.3485353.3485353.3485353.3485353.348535
Ann Dane, startled by the sound of a door window breaking, wakes her husband, Richard; he accidentally shoots the intruder, Freddy Russell, a wanted felon. Richard is shaken by the experience but attempts to move on with his life. Richard visits the cemetery on the day of Freddy's burial where Freddy's father, Ben—a paroled convict—accosts Richard in his car, making a veiled reference to Richard's son, Jordan. Alarmed, Richard picks up Jordan from school and arranges for Ann to meet them at the police station. Ben follows him but the police decline Richard's request for help until the Danes' house is broken into again.
August: Osage County, 2h10
Directed by John Wells
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Sam Shepard, Chris Cooper
Roles Beverly Weston
Rating71% 3.5973253.5973253.5973253.5973253.597325
The title designates time and location: an unusually hot August in a rural area outside Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard), an alcoholic, once-noted poet, interviews and hires a young native American woman Johnna (Misty Upham) as a live-in cook and caregiver for his strong-willed and contentious wife Violet (Meryl Streep), who is suffering from oral cancer and addiction to narcotics. Shortly after this, he disappears from the house, and Violet calls her sister and daughters for support. Her sister Mattie Fae (Margo Martindale) arrives with husband Charles Aiken (Chris Cooper). Violet's middle daughter Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) is single and the only one living locally; Barbara (Julia Roberts), her oldest, who has inherited her mother's mean streak, arrives from Colorado with her husband Bill (Ewan McGregor) and 14-year-old daughter Jean (Abigail Breslin). Barbara and Bill are separated, but they put up a united front for Violet.
Mud (2013)
, 2h15
Directed by Jeff Nichols
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes L'adolescence, Films about children
Actors Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon, Sarah Paulson, Sam Shepard, Jacob Lofland
Roles Tom
Rating73% 3.6978253.6978253.6978253.6978253.697825
Two 14-year-old boys in De Witt, Arkansas, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), have found a boat stuck high in a tree on a small island in the Arkansas River. They want to claim it for themselves but discover someone is living in it. They meet him, a strange man named Mud (Matthew McConaughey), who claims to have grown up nearby. He tells the boys that he needs food and promises to give them the boat if they help him while he stays on the island.
Out of the Furnace, 1h56
Directed by Scott Cooper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Prison films, Gangster films
Actors Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Casey Affleck
Roles Gerald 'Red' Baze
Rating66% 3.3490153.3490153.3490153.3490153.349015
After getting off work at a North Braddock, Pennsylvania steel mill, Russell Baze (Christian Bale) catches his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) at a horse racing simulcast where Rodney had just bet on a losing horse. Rodney reveals John Petty (Willem Dafoe) loaned the money to him. Petty owns a bar and runs several illegal games. Russell offers to pay off some of Rodney's debt, promising to pay Petty the rest with his next paycheck. Driving home intoxicated, Russell hits another car, killing its occupants, including a little boy. He is incarcerated for vehicular manslaughter. While in prison he is informed that his father has died, and that his girlfriend Lena (Zoë Saldana) has left him for the small town police chief, Wesley Barnes (Forest Whitaker).
Savannah (2013)
, 1h50
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Actors Jim Caviezel, Jaimie Alexander, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jack McBrayer, Bradley Whitford, Sam Shepard
Roles Mr. Stubbs
Rating58% 2.9040652.9040652.9040652.9040652.904065
Ce drame historique, tiré d'une histoire vraie, revient sur le destin de Ward Allen qui, au début des années 1900, rejette le confort de son héritage pour vivre au près de la nature. Il se lie d'amitié avec un esclave affranchi, malgré les préjugés qui sévissaient dans la haute société du sud des Etats-Unis.
Killing Them Softly, 1h44
Directed by Andrew Dominik
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Jeu, Mafia films, Poker, Gangster films
Actors Richard Jenkins, Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
Roles Dillon
Rating61% 3.0988953.0988953.0988953.0988953.098895
In the fall of 2008, amidst both the American financial crisis and the presidential election campaign, a man named Johnny "Squirrel" Amato (Vincent Curatola) plans to rob an illegitimate poker game. He enlists Frankie (Scoot McNairy), a former business associate, and Russell (Ben Mendelsohn), a heroin addicted Australian expatriate who is stealing purebred dogs for money, to perform the robbery. Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta), the proprietor of a poker ring, is revealed to have previously orchestrated an inside job by paying two men to rob his own illegal poker room. He holds up under rough questioning by the hitman Dillon (Sam Shepard), though later he openly admits his involvement to various criminal figures and suffers no retaliation. Squirrel anticipates that the Mafia will automatically blame Markie for the heist.
Darling Companion, 1h43
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Mark Duplass, Richard Jenkins, Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Elisabeth Moss, Sam Shepard
Roles Sheriff Morris
Rating52% 2.600032.600032.600032.600032.60003
Beth Winter (Keaton) rescues a lost dog from the roadside and names him Freeway. Her children have grown up and moved away, and her husband, Joseph (Kline), is distracted and self-involved. Beth forms a strong friendship with the dog and is deeply upset when, after her daughter's wedding, her husband loses the dog. They engage the service of a psychic gypsy to find the dog again.
Safe House
Safe House (2012)
, 1h57
Directed by Daniel Espinosa
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films set in Africa, Spy films
Actors Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Sebastian Roché, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard
Roles Harlan Whitford
Rating66% 3.3482753.3482753.3482753.3482753.348275
In Cape Town, South Africa, ex-CIA NOC operative turned traitor and international criminal Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) acquires a data storage device from rogue MI6 agent Alec Wade (Liam Cunningham). After the pair is attacked by a team of mercenaries led by Vargas (Fares Fares), Wade is killed and Frost is cornered by the gunmen, leaving him no choice but to surrender to the American consulate.
Blackthorn (2011)
, 1h35
Directed by Mateo Gil
Origin Espagne
Genres Action, Adventure, Western
Actors Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega, Stephen Rea, Magaly Solier, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Pádraic Delaney
Roles James Blackthorn
Rating65% 3.2507053.2507053.2507053.2507053.250705
Twenty years after his disappearance in 1908, an aged Butch Cassidy (Sam Shepard), living under the assumed name James Blackthorn in a secluded village in Bolivia, decides to end his long exile and return to the United States after learning of the death of Etta Place. He writes to her son, Ryan, who is in fact his own son, telling him he intends to return. After years of raising horses and living a solitary life, Blackthorn sets off for Potosí to sell his horses. He tells his lover, Yana (Magaly Solier), that he will see her again before leaving Bolivia.
Inhale (2010)
, 1h23
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Actors Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger, Sam Shepard, Jordi Mollá, Vincent Pérez, Rosanna Arquette
Roles James Harrison
Rating64% 3.2451553.2451553.2451553.2451553.245155
Paul Stanton (Mulroney) and his wife Diane (Diane Kruger) are a couple whose daughter is dying from a rare degenerative lung condition. The only thing that can save her life is a lung transplant from an organ donor. The movie starts when the donated lung fails to arrive correctly. The movie goes back and forth between the present and the events leading up to it. In the present Day, Paul goes to Juarez Mexico to find a man called Dr. Navarro. After leaving his cell number at many local hospitals, somebody finally contacted Paul.
Fair Game
Fair Game (2010)
, 1h45
Directed by Doug Liman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Noah Emmerich, Ty Burrell, Sam Shepard, Bruce McGill
Roles Sam Plame
Rating67% 3.397583.397583.397583.397583.39758
Valerie Plame is employed by the Central Intelligence Agency, a fact known outside the agency to no one except her husband and parents. She is an intelligence officer involved in a number of sensitive and sometimes dangerous covert operations overseas.