Sam Shepard Dies at 73

August 1, 2017 - 7:00am

Sam Shepard, an iconic actor and playwright, has died at age 73. He died on Thursday due to complications from Lou Gehrig's disease.

Shepard was a prolific artist, penning 44 plays, writing books of short stories, essays and memoirs, and acting in movies and TV series.

  • He won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. The 1996 Broadway production of the play was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Play.
  • Other widely celebrated plays of his include True West (1980), Fool for Love (1983) and A Lie of the Mind (1985).
  • Shepard first appeared on the silver screen in Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, in 1978. He was nominated for an Oscar for his depiction of Chuck Yeager in the 1983 film adaptation of Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff. Recently, he appeared in Netflix's Bloodline.
  • "The family requests privacy at this difficult time," his spokesman Chris Boneau told The Hollywood Reporter. Funeral arrangements will be private.
  • Shepard was in a relationship with Jessica Lange from 1982-2009. Lange, 68, unwittingly paid tribute to him in a recent interview with AARP The Magazine, before news of his death broke.
  • Speaking of their relationship, Lange said: "I wouldn't call Sammy easygoing and funny, but everybody has their dark side, and he always does it with a sense of humor."
  • They share two children, Hannah, 31, and Samuel, 30. Shepard is also survived by his two sisters and another child, Jesse Mojo, 47.