Sam Shepard, a successful play writer, author, film director, actor whose pen and ideas together created magic on stage. Sam’s famous play “Buried Child” won him the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He was also inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1994. By the time he was 30, he already wrote 30 play scripts.
|Profession||TV actor, playwright, author, film actor, theatre actor, director|
|Net Worth||$10 M (prior to his death in 2017)|
|Real Name||Samuel Shepard Rogers III|
|Date of Birth||5 November 1943|
|Place of Birth||Fort Sheridan, Illinois|
|Height||1.86m (6 foot 1 inch)|
|Hair Colour||Light Brown|
Sam Shepard Family
|Father||Samuel Shepard Rogers, Jr.|
|Spouse/Girlfriend||O-Lan Jones (1969-1984)
Sam Shepard Early Life
Sam’s father was an officer in the US Army and the family of 5 traveled from one base to another when he was a child. His father was an alcoholic has was not able to support his wife while she was taking care of the family. Sam was bright, polite and pleasant all through his childhood.
But his troubled childhood made him paranoid. Sam graduated from Duarte High School in LA in 1961. He briefly studied agriculture in Mt. San Antonio Junior College to become a veterinarian but soon shifted to writing and acting. Sam was a keen drummer and in the late 1960s, he moonlighted as a drummer in two bands.
Sam Shepard Net Worth
The estimated net worth of play writer, Sam Shepard was $10M. Sam Shepard passed away last year in July but will always be remembered as one of the greats. He was a part of Theatre Genesis.
Sam Shepard Marriages
Shepard was married to O-lan Jones with whom he has a son Jesse Mojo Shepard. The couple split in 1984 and Sam got to mingle with Jessica Lange with whom he has two kids Hannah Jane and Samuel Walker. Sam and Jessica started to date in 1982 and separated in 2009. Sam also had a longtime working relationship with Patti Smith.
Sam Shepard Fashion
Sam Shepard was one classy American play-writer who had an extended influence on not only screen and stage by=ut fashion as well. He will always be remembered as a symbol of the all-American style.
Shepard sported shaggy hair and leather coats, making his own fashion game pairing it with blue jeans. He always stuck to pieced that meshed with his Southern California roots. Sam was very fond of straightforward clothes which included denim, cowboy boots and plaid shirts for casual days.
He would slip into natty blazers and tailored suits for formal events. Sam’s personality and aura could make a simple basic outfit look appealing and classy.
Sam Shepard Death
Sam Shepard died at the age of 73 due to the complications from ALS(amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He was surrounded by his family when he took his last breathe at his home in Kentucky on 27 July 2017. Shepard enjoyed a very eclectic and successful career in the Hollywood Industry and people saw and appreciated his work.
Sam Shepard DUI Charges
The Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize winner, “Sam Shepard” got an arrest on the charges of aggravated drunk driving in New Mexico. Shepard who 71 hand-cuffed after an employee called the cops to alert them about a possibly intoxicated driver who was attempting to leave the parking lot with his truck’s emergency brake engaged.
Shepard failed the sobriety test even though when Sam asked by the police, he said he had just two tequila shots. Sam also gone behind the bars before for speeding and drunk driving on January 3, 2009. He pleads guilty to both charged and sentenced to 24 months probation, alcohol, education classes and 100 hours of community service.
Sam Shepard Career
After a year of agricultural studies in college, Sam joined a touring company of actors and in 1963 he moved to New York to pursue his theatrical interests. His early attempt at playwriting, a rapid succession of one-act plays, found a receptive audience in Of-Off Broadway productions.
As a writer
In the 1965-66 season, Sam won Obie Awards for his outstanding plays Chicago, Icarus’s Mother, and Red Cross. His plays during 1971-1974 were premiered in London. In 1974, Sam became a playwright in residence at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco.
Sam’s work during the 1970s showed the highlights of his career and work techniques and themes. In the late 1970s, Sam applied his dramatic vision to a more convincing dramatic form. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Buried Child produced in 1978 and True West made in 1980, both plays had the convincing drama of family tragedy.
As an Actor
Mr. Shepard turned his direction towards acting as well in the late 1970s. He delivered some critically acclaimed performances in films like Days of Heaven, Resurrection, The Right Stuff, Fool for Love. He won his Academy Award nomination for his movie The Right Stuff and Fool for Love was written by Shepard.
In 1982, he starred in a movie Frances, alongside Jessica Lange and the duo started to go out. He appeared in the screen adapted movies inclined The Pelican Brief, Snow Falling on Cedars, All the Pretty Horses and The Notebook.
He also portrayed the hard-bitten uncle of a pair Casey Affleck and Christian Bale in Out of the Furnace.
As an Author
In addition to writing plays and acting, Sam also published short stories including a day out of Days. In 1986, Sam Shepard got selected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His wrote his final work Spy of the First Person published in 2017.
He recently (before dying) starred in a Netflix series “Bloodline” where he played a father to Kyle Chandler. Although Sam had an extreme fear of flying he agreed to take up the role of legendary pilot Chuck Yeager in “The Right Stuff”.
Bob Dylan and Sam Shepard
Shepard also collaborated with Bob Dylan for the song “Brownsville Girl” which featured on Dylan’s album Knock Out Loaded in 1986. Sam Shepard’s play is mostly known for their bleak, poetic, surrealist elements, black comedy, and rootless characters. His characters usually lived on the outskirts of American society.