Pulitzer Winner Actor Sam Shepard Dies

Sam Shepard poses for a portrait in New York, Thursday, Sept, 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Pulitzer Prize Winner and Actor Actor  Sam Shepard passed away July 27th.  He succumbed to complications from ALS. Shepard was an award winning playwright, penning 44 plays throughout his career which spanned over 50 years. He won a Pulitzer Prize in the 1970’s for his play “Buried Child.”  He was also nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Astronaut Chuck Yeager,  in “The Right Stuff.”   A few of his movies include “August, Osage County,” “The Notebook,” “Steel Magnolias,” and “Blackhawk Down.”  He recently starred  as the patriarch of the Rayburn family in the Netflix Series, “Bloodline.”  This would be one of his final roles.  He was in a relationship with Jessica Lange from 1982 until 2009.  They have two children together.

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