A family spokesperson has confirmed to the New York Times that Sam Shepard has passed away.
Shepard won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play Buried Child and received an Academy Award nomination as best supporting actor for The Right Stuff.
Shepard made his screen acting debut in Bob Dylan’s movie Renaldo and Clara. His film acting credits also include Country (co-starring with his future wife Lange), Steel Magnolias, Days of Heaven, Resurrection, Raggedy Man, Frances, Crimes of the Heart and Baby Boom.
As playwrite, he won a Drama Desk award for his play A Life of the Mind and Obie awards for the off-Broadway plays La Tourista, Tooth of Crime, Curse of the Starving Class and the trilogy Chicago, Icarus’ Mother and Red Cross. He wrote more than 40 produced plays, including True West, Curse of the Starving Class, Fool for Love and A Life of the Mind.
As a screenwriter, Shepard wrote Paris, Texas, which won the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. Other credits include work on Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point and Don’t Come Knocking. He also directed for film, including Far North.
Shepard also taught playwriting, leading classes and seminar at workshops and universities, including a turn as a Regents Professor at University of California, Davis.
Shepard was 73.