Sam Shepard
Actor, author, playwright
Sam Shepard
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).
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The truth of Sam Shepard's curse on the American dream - Irish Times
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CULTURE SHOCK: ASIDE ALTOGETHER from its well-established relationship with the leading living playwright of the US, it is easy to see why the Abbey would want to revive Sam Shepard's 1978 play Curse of the Starving Class . Though set on a small farm
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Days of Heaven - Irish Times
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Linda Manz's voiceover reminds us that all of the characters are “half devil and half angel” and ponders Sam Shepard's miraculous recovery: “Doctor must have come by and gave him medicine or something.” The famous plague of locusts descends with
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Curse of the Starving Class - Irish Times
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Over the past five years, Sam Shepard has become the Abbey Theatre's most frequently staged playwright; a more regular presence than Marina Carr, Tom Murphy, Brian Friel or even Shakespeare. Do Shepard's signature depictions of the American West
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Butch Cassidy Returns In The Trailer For Blackthorn - Shockya.com
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were supposedly killed during a standoff with the Bolivian army in 1908, but in Blackthorn, Cassidy (Sam Shepard) is back. Turns out he's been laying low in a Bolivian village, but has grown restless and opts to
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First trailer for Sam Shepard's Butch Cassidy Pic Blackthorn - Moviehole
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by "Caffeinated" Clint (Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 1:03 am) The first trailer for the Sam Shepard (“The Right Stuff”, “Steel Magnolias”, “The Notebook”) starring sequel to “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “Blackthorn” – with Shepard in the ... - -
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Sibling rivalry drives True West - Calgary Herald
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True West by Sam Shepard. At the Aratta Opera Centre through Aug. 28. Tickets and info: 403-263-0079 or Seeing True West onstage in 2011 is a bit like watching an old VHS tape of The Godfather,
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Truth at heart of Paragon's "Lie of the Mind" - Denver Post
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Perhaps more than any other modern writer, Sam Shepard has a gift for tuning in to this secret language of family. Broadcast on a frequency just under the hearing range of outsiders, it's no less real than words spoken aloud. Shepard has made a career
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White Horse Theater Co Presents SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, Opens 9/19 - Broadway World
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WHITE HORSE THEATER COMPANY known for acclaimed productions of plays by Sam Shepard and Tennessee Williams commemorates Tennessee Williams? 100th Birthday by presenting his play, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER. The play is directed by White Horse Producing
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Sam Shepard/Scott Glenn to Perform Reading of AGES OF THE MOON, 7/28 - Broadway World
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Two iconic American actors, Sam Shepard and Scott Glenn will perform a reading of "Ages of the Moon" to benefit Boise Contemporary Theater on July 28. The play tells the story of two old friends who sip bourbon on a porch at an isolated cabin,
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Pure Theatre Presents KICKING A DEAD HORSE 8/5-20 - Broadway World
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PURE Theatre is proud to present the regional premiere of Kicking a Dead Horse by Sam Shepard. Directed by PURE's Co-Founder and Artistic Director Sharon Graci, and will feature Randy Neale. The show opens Friday, August 5th and will run through August
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CATF 2011: Sam Shepard's punchy 'Ages of the Moon' - Washington Times
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SHEPARDSTOWN, Wv, July 13, 2011 – It's already six seasons ago that we encountered a Sam Shepard play at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, The God of Hell, to be precise. Hell in this case was yet another bash Bush "satire
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Theater festival features Shepard, Mamet - West Virginia Public Broadcasting
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The line-up includes work written by two of the country's most acclaimed playwrights, Sam Shepard and David Mamet and gives Herendeen the opportunity in one season to direct plays written by two of his favorite writers. Shepherd gave CATF the exclusive
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Backstage: Contemporary American Theater Festival - Washington Post
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Recent plays by theater icons Sam Shepard and David Mamet will get new productions this month at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va., which opens Friday on the campus of Shepherd University and runs
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A strong 'Buried Child' - Philadelphia Inquirer
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That answer pretty much sums up the state of things in Sam Shepard's Buried Child, which won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize. It is a riveting, unsettling (if overlong) drama about madness, murder, incest, mutilation, secrets,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sam Shepard
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 71
    Corrigan, Michael, "Cruising Paradise with Sam Shepard," Atticus Online, 2015
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    On May 25, 2015, Shepard was arrested in Santa Fe, New Mexico for aggravated drunk driving.
    More Details Hide Details His 50-year friendship with Johnny Dark was the subject of the documentary Shepard & Dark (2013) by Treva Wurmfeld. A collection of Shepard and Dark's correspondence, Two Prospectors (ISBN 978-0-292-73582-8), was also published that year. The Sam Shepard Papers at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin covers Shepard's full career, and additions to the collection are regularly made by the author. An additional collection of Shepard's papers can be found at the Wittliff collections of Southwestern Writers, Texas State University, and comprise some 26 boxes of material. Plays Collections
  • 2009
    Age 65
    He pleaded guilty to both charges on February 11, 2009 and was sentenced to 24 months probation, alcohol education classes, and 100 hours of community service.
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    In the early morning hours of January 3, 2009, Shepard was arrested and charged with speeding and drunken driving in Normal, Illinois.
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  • 2007
    Age 63
    In 2007, he contributed banjo to Patti Smith's cover of Nirvana's song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on her album Twelve.
    More Details Hide Details Although many artists have had an influence on Shepard's work, one of the most significant has been actor-director Joseph Chaikin, a veteran of the Living Theatre and founder of a group called the Open Theatre. The two have often worked together on various projects, and Shepard acknowledges that Chaikin has been a valuable mentor. In 2010, a revival of A Lie of the Mind was staged in New York at the same time as Shepard's play Ages of the Moon (2010) opened there. Reflecting on the two plays, Shepard said that, to him, the older play felt "awkward", adding, "All of the characters are in a fractured place, broken into pieces, and the pieces don't really fit together," while the newer play "is like a Porsche. It's sleek, it does exactly what you want it to do, and it can speed up but also shows off great brakes." The revival and new play also coincided with the publication of Shepard's collection Day out of Days: Stories (the title echoes a filmmaking term). The book includes "short stories, poems and narrative sketches... that developed from dozens of leather-bound notebooks Shepard has carried with him over the years." In 2011, Shepard starred in the film Blackthorn.
  • 2006
    Age 62
    Shepard performed Spalding Gray's final monologue Life Interrupted for its audio release through Macmillan Audio in 2006.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2001
    Age 57
    In 2001, Shepard had a notable role as General William F. Garrison in the box office hit Black Hawk Down.
    More Details Hide Details Although he was cast in a supporting role, it reinvigorated interest in Shepard as an actor among the public and critics alike.
  • 2000
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The cast included Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, and Cheech Marin. The limited, three-month run was sold out.
  • FORTIES
  • 1986
    Age 42
    He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1986.
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    Shepard was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the years, Shepard has done a considerable amount of teaching on writing plays and other aspects of theatre. His classes and seminars have occurred at various theatre workshops, festivals, and universities.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 31
    In 1975, he was named playwright-in-residence at the Magic Theatre, where he created many of his notable works, including his Family Trilogy.
    More Details Hide Details One of the plays in the trilogy, Buried Child (1978), was the play that won him a Pulitzer Prize and marked a major turning point in his career, heralding some of his best-known work, including True West (1980), Fool for Love (1983), and A Lie of the Mind (1985). A darkly comic tale of abortive reunion, in which a young man drops in on his grandfather's Illinois farmstead only to be greeted with devastating indifference by his relations, Buried Child saw Shepard stake a claim to the psychological terrain of classic American theatre. Curse of the Starving Class (1978) and True West (1980), the other two plays of the trilogy, received their premier productions. Some critics have expanded this trio to a quintet, including Fool for Love (1983) and A Lie of the Mind (1985).
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His diary of the tour (Rolling Thunder Logbook) was published by Penguin Books in 1978. A decade later, Dylan and Shepard co-wrote the 11-minute "Brownsville Girl", included on Dylan's Knocked Out Loaded (1986) album and later compilations.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The story and characters were loosely inspired by their relationship, and after opening night, he abandoned the production and fled to New England without a word to anyone involved. He wrote plays out of his house and served for a semester as Regents' Professor of Drama at the University of California, Davis.
  • 1970
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Smith has stated: "Me and his wife still even liked each other. I mean, it wasn't like committing adultery in the suburbs or something." After ending his relationship with Smith, Shepard relocated with his wife and son to London in the early 1970s. 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. Shepard met Academy Award-winning actress Jessica Lange on the set of the film Frances, in which they were both acting. He moved in with her in 1983, and they were together for nearly 30 years; they separated in 2009. They have two children, Hannah Jane (born 1985) and Samuel Walker Shepard (born 1987). In 2003, his eldest son, Jesse, wrote a book of short stories that was published in San Francisco; Shepard appeared with him at a reading to introduce the book.
  • 1969
    Age 25
    From 1969 to 1984, he was married to actress O-Lan Jones, with whom he has one son, Jesse Mojo Shepard (born 1970).
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  • 1966
    Age 22
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Several of Shepard's early plays, including Red Cross (1966) and La Turista (1967), were directed by Jacques Levy. A habitué of the Chelsea Hotel scene of the era, he contributed to Kenneth Tynan's ribald Oh! Calcutta! (1969) and drummed sporadically from 1967 through 1971 with psychedelic folk band The Holy Modal Rounders, appearing on Indian War Whoop (1967) and The Moray Eels Eat The Holy Modal Rounders (1968). Shepard's early science fiction play The Unseen Hand (1969) would influence Richard O'Brien's stage musical The Rocky Horror Show.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At this time Samuel "Steve" Rogers adopted the professional name Sam Shepard. Although his plays would go on to be staged at several Off-Off-Broadway venues, he was most closely connected with Cook's Theatre Genesis, housed at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery in Manhattan's East Village.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    Shepard was born November 5, 1943, in Fort Sheridan, Illinois.
    More Details Hide Details He was named Samuel Shepard Rogers III after his father, Samuel Shepard Rogers, Jr., but his nickname was "Steve Rogers". His father was a teacher and farmer who served in the United States Army Air Forces as a bomber pilot during World War II; Shepard has characterized him as "a drinking man, a dedicated alcoholic". His mother, Jane Elaine (née Schook), was a teacher and a native of Chicago. Shepard worked on a ranch as a teenager. After graduating from Duarte (California) High School in 1961, he briefly studied agriculture at Mt. San Antonio College, where he became enamored with Samuel Beckett, jazz, and abstract expressionism. Shepard soon dropped out to join a touring repertory group, the Bishop's Company.
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