Fans are in mourning today after it was reported that Oscar-nominated actor, director and playwright Sam Shepard passed away. He was 73 years-old.
Daily Mail reported that Shepard passed away at his Kentucky home surrounded by his children and sisters on Sunday after a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). His family confirmed that he died due to complications from the disease.
Shepard was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child and is the author of 44 plays as well as several books of short stories, memoirs and essays. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1983’s The Right Stuff for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager.
Shepard wrote numerous plays including The Rock Garden, Chicago, The Unseen Hand, Cowboys, 4-H Club, Back Bog Beast Bait, Mad Dog Blues, Buried Child, Simpatico, Baby Boom, The God of Hell, Ages of the Moon, Kicking a Dead Horse and more. Some of his other movie roles included Steel Magnolias, The Pelican Brief and The Accidental Husband.
Rest in peace, Sam Shepard!
(H/T The MRC Blog)