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 Born on November 5, 1943.


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 theater 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 1966-1968, 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 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. … Read More


Returning to America in 1975, he moved to the 20-acre Flying Y Ranch in Mill Valley, California where he raised a young colt named Drum and used to ride double with his young son on an appaloosa named Cody. … Read More


By 1986, one of his plays, Fool for Love, was being made into a film directed by Robert Altman, in which Shepard played the lead role; his play A Lie of the Mind was Off-Broadway with an all-star cast including Harvey Keitel and Geraldine Page; he was living with Jessica Lange; and he was working steadily as a film actor—all of which put him on the cover of Newsweek magazine. … 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 of General William F. Garrison in the box office hit movie Black Hawk Down. … Read More


2006 62 Years Old He performed Spalding Gray's final monologue Life Interrupted for its audio release through Macmillan Audio in 2006.
2007 63 Years Old In 2007, Shepard 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.
2013 69 Years Old His 50-year friendship with Johnny Dark was the subject of the 2013 documentary, Shepard & Dark, by Treva Wurmfeld. … Read More
2015 71 Years Old On May 25, 2015 Shepard was arrested in Santa Fe, New Mexico for aggravated drunk driving.
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