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      Sam Shepard

      Sam Shepard

      Highest Rated: 100% California Typewriter (2016)

      Lowest Rated: 6% The Accidental Husband (2008)

      Birthday: Nov 5, 1943

      Birthplace: Fort Sheridan, Illinois, USA

      One of the most influential and celebrated playwrights of the late 20th century, Sam Shepard developed an extensive body of work that was preoccupied with the myth of the vanishing West and dysfunctional families on the verge of tragedy. More existentialist and surrealist than romantic and conventional, Shepard often wrote plays that incorporated symbolism and non-linear storytelling while being populated with drifters, fading rock stars and others living on the edge. He also employed eccentric, inventive language - and sometimes music - to explore the parallel fantasy of disappearing from the known world. After getting his start with one-acts like "Cowboy" and "Icarus' Mother," Shepard won numerous awards with full length plays like "Curse of the Starving Class" (1978) and "Buried Child" (1978), the latter of which earned him a Pulitzer Prize in Drama. His playwriting career reached its zenith with the popular "True West" (1980), after which Shepard began focusing more on acting with roles in "The Right Stuff" (1983) and "Steel Magnolias" (1989). By time he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1994, Shepard was far and away one of the greatest playwrights of his generation, as well as a movie star whose rugged good looks and deep intelligence made him a modern descendent of the likes of Gary Cooper. Sam Shepard died on July 30, 2017 on his farm near Midway, Kentucky of complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He was 73.

      Highest rated movies

      Country
      Mud
      The Right Stuff
      Days of Heaven
      Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
      Thunderheart
      Cold in July
      Midnight Special

      Photos

      DON'T COME KNOCKING, Tim Roth, Sam Shepard, 2005, (c) Sony Pictures Classics DON'T COME KNOCKING, Sam Shepard, 2005, (c) Sony Pictures Classics DON'T COME KNOCKING, Sam Shepard, director Wim Wenders, Jessica Lange on set, 2005, (c) Sony Pictures Classics DON'T COME KNOCKING, Sam Shepard, Gabriel Mann, 2005, (c) Sony Pictures Classics DON'T COME KNOCKING, Sam Shepard, 2005, (c) Sony Pictures Classics RESURRECTION, Sam Shepard, Ellen Burstyn, 1980, (c) Universal FOOL FOR LOVE, Kim Basinger, Sam Shepard, 1985, (c) Cannon SAFE PASSAGE, Sam Shepard, Susan Sarandon, 1994, (c)New Line Cinema SAFE PASSAGE, (top l-r): Steven Robert Ross, Sean Astin, Jason London, (middle l-r): Nick Stahl, Philip Arthur Ross, Matt Keeslar, (bottom l-r): Robert Sean Leonard, Susan Sarandon, Sam Shepard, 1994, (c)New Line Cinema Klondike, Sam Shepard, 01/20/2014, ©DISCOVERY DAYS OF HEAVEN, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, 1978, (c) Paramount THE PLEDGE, Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart, Sam Shepard, 2001. ©Warner Brothers THE RIGHT STUFF, Sam Shepard, Chuck Yeager, 1983. (c) Warner Bros.. SAFE PASSAGE, Susan Sarandon, Sam Shepard, 1994, (c)New Line Cinema BABY BOOM, Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, 1987 THUNDERHEART, Sam Shepard, Val Kilmer, 1992, (c)TriStar Pictures DON'T COME KNOCKING, Sam Shepard, 2005, (c) Sony Pictures Classics FOOL FOR LOVE, Sam Shepard, Kim Basinger, 1985 DEFENSELESS, Barbara Hershey, Sam Shepard, 1991. ©New Line Cinema FRANCES, Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, 1982. (c) Universal Pictures.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      80% 39% Never Here Paul Stark (Character) - 2017
      100% 84% California Typewriter Self $218.6K 2016
      29% 39% In Dubious Battle Mr. Anderson (Character) - 2016
      83% 67% Midnight Special Calvin Meyer (Character) $3.7M 2016
      22% 32% Ithaca Willie Grogan (Character) - 2015
      84% 67% Cold in July Ben Russell (Character) $414.6K 2014
      67% 65% August: Osage County Beverly Weston (Character) $37.7M 2013
      53% 52% Out of the Furnace Gerald "Red" Baze (Character) $11.3M 2013
      19% 37% Savannah Mr. Stubbs (Character) $36.7K 2013
      97% 80% Mud Tom Blankenship (Character) $21.6M 2013
      89% 76% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Unknown (Character) - 2012
      74% 44% Killing Them Softly Dillon (Character) $14.9M 2012
      21% 29% Darling Companion Sheriff Morris (Character) $793.4K 2012
      53% 63% Safe House Harlan Whitford (Character) $126.1M 2012
      75% 61% Blackthorn James Blackthorn/Butch Cassidy (Character) $199.7K 2011
      79% 65% Fair Game Sam Plame (Character) $9.5M 2010
      38% 46% Inhale James Harrison (Character) $3.0K 2010
      64% 62% Brothers Hank Cahill (Character) $28.5M 2009
      6% 36% The Accidental Husband Wilder (Character) - 2008
      68% 75% Patti Smith: Dream of Life Unknown (Character) $30.9K 2008
      60% 82% Felon Gordon Camrose (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 96% Ruffian Frank Whiteley (Character) - 2007
      77% 75% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Frank James (Character) $3.9M 2007
      No Score Yet 48% Walker Payne Syrus (Character) - 2006
      56% 43% Bandidas Bill Buck (Character) - 2006
      79% 62% Charlotte's Web Narrator $82.5M 2006
      16% 32% The Return Ed Mills (Character) $7.7M 2006
      33% 76% Trudell Unknown (Character) $21.8K 2005
      43% 60% Don't Come Knocking Howard Spence (Character),
      Writer
      $438.7K 2005
      13% 39% Stealth Capt. George Cummings (Character) $31.7M 2005
      No Score Yet 32% Blind Horizon Sheriff Jack Kolb (Character) - 2004
      54% 85% The Notebook Frank Calhoun (Character) $81.0M 2004
      89% 60% This So-Called Disaster Self $45.2K 2003
      43% 64% Leo Vic (Character) - 2002
      83% 70% Shot in the Heart Frank Gilmore Sr. (Character) - 2001
      77% 88% Black Hawk Down Garrison (Character) $108.6M 2001
      26% 59% Swordfish Senator Reisman (Character) $69.8M 2001
      78% 59% The Pledge Eric Pollack (Character) $19.7M 2001
      No Score Yet 86% Kurosawa Narrator - 2001
      No Score Yet 14% After the Harvest Caleb Gare (Character) - 2001
      58% 46% Hamlet Ghost (Character) $1.6M 2000
      32% 42% All the Pretty Horses J.C. Franklin (Character) $15.5M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Kill Unknown (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 67% Dash and Lilly Dashiell Hammett (Character) - 1999
      39% 67% Snow Falling on Cedars Arthur Chambers (Character) $14.4M 1999
      No Score Yet 78% Purgatory Sheriff Forrest/Wild Bill Hickock (Character) - 1999
      25% 14% Simpatico Writer $902.1K 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Curtain Call Will Dodge (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 40% The Only Thrill Reece McHenry (Character) $15.1K 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lily Dale Pete Davenport (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 62% The Good Old Boys Tarnell (Character) - 1995
      38% 46% Silent Tongue Director - 1994
      54% 73% Safe Passage Patrick Singer (Character) $1.6M 1994
      55% 61% The Pelican Brief Thomas Callahan (Character) $100.7M 1993
      89% 75% Thunderheart Frank Coutelle (Character) $20.1M 1992
      No Score Yet 37% Defenseless Det. Beutel (Character) $6.4M 1991
      56% 73% Voyager Walter Faber (Character) - 1991
      80% 27% Bright Angel Lucy (Character) $17.4K 1990
      67% 89% Steel Magnolias Spud Jones (Character) $79.4M 1989
      13% 50% Far North Director,
      Screenwriter
      $23.7K 1988
      67% 62% Baby Boom Dr. Jeff Cooper (Character) $25.4M 1987
      82% 65% Crimes of the Heart Doc Porter (Character) $19.3M 1986
      79% 44% Fool for Love Eddie (Character) - 1985
      94% 93% Paris, Texas Writer - 1984
      100% 69% Country Gil Ivy (Character) - 1984
      96% 90% The Right Stuff Capt/Col. Chuck Yeager, Test Pilot (Character) - 1983
      67% 78% Frances Harry York (Character) - 1982
      83% 58% Raggedy Man Bailey (Character) - 1981
      83% 75% Resurrection Cal (Character) - 1980
      93% 89% Days of Heaven The Farmer (Character) - 1978
      38% 67% Renaldo and Clara Screenwriter - 1978
      66% 74% Zabriskie Point Writer - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Brand X Unknown (Character) - 1970

      TV

      Credit
      62% 74% Bloodline Robert Rayburn (Character) 2015