Sam Shepard

Actor + Author + Playwright
Born Nov 5, 1943

Sam Shepard 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).… Read More

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1943 Birth Shepard was born November 5, 1943, in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. … Read More


1962 18 Years Old After securing a position as a busboy at The Village Gate upon arriving in New York City, Shepard became involved in the Off-Off-Broadway theatre scene in 1962 through Ralph Cook, the club's head waiter. … Read More


1966 22 Years Old Most of his initial writing was for the stage; after winning six Obie Awards between 1966 and 1968, Shepard emerged as a viable screenwriter with Robert Frank's Me and My Brother (1968) and Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point (1970). … Read More
1969 25 Years Old …  From 1969 to 1984, he was married to actress O-Lan Jones, with whom he has one son, Jesse Mojo Shepard (born 1970).
1970 26 Years Old From 1970 to 1971, 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. … Read More
1971 27 Years Old Shepard's Cowboy Mouth – a collaboration with his then-lover Patti Smith – was staged at The American Place Theater in April 1971, providing early exposure for the future punk rock singer. … Read More


1975 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Shepard accompanied Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975 as the ostensible screenwriter of the surrealist Renaldo and Clara (1978) that emerged from the tour; because much of the film was improvised, Shepard's services were seldom utilized. … Read More


…  By 1986, his play Fool for Love was getting a film adaptation directed by Robert Altman, in which Shepard played the lead role; his play A Lie of the Mind was being performed Off-Broadway with an all-star cast (including Harvey Keitel and Geraldine Page); and Shepard was subsequently working steadily as a film actor – all of these achievements put him on the cover of Newsweek. … Read More


2000 56 Years Old In 2000, Shepard decided to repay a debt of gratitude to the Magic Theatre by staging his play The Late Henry Moss as a benefit in San Francisco. … Read More
2001 57 Years Old In 2001, Shepard had a notable role as General William F. Garrison in the box office hit Black Hawk Down. … Read More


2006 62 Years Old Shepard performed Spalding Gray's final monologue Life Interrupted for its audio release through Macmillan Audio in 2006.
2007 63 Years Old In 2007, he contributed banjo to Patti Smith's cover of Nirvana's song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on her album Twelve. … Read More
2009 65 Years Old 1 More Event
In the early morning hours of January 3, 2009, Shepard was arrested and charged with speeding and drunken driving in Normal, Illinois.
2015 71 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 25, 2015, Shepard was arrested in Santa Fe, New Mexico for aggravated drunk driving. … Read More
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