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Samuel Shepard Rogers III
November 5, 1943
Fort Sheridan, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||July 27, 2017
Midway, Kentucky, U.S.
(m. 1969; div. 1984)
|Partner(s)||Jessica Lange (c. 1982; sep. 2009)|
Samuel Shepard Rogers III (November 5, 1943 – July 27, 2017), known professionally as Sam Shepard, was an American actor, playwright, author, screenwriter, and director whose career spanned half a century. He won ten Obie Awards for writing and directing, the most won by any writer or director. He wrote 44 plays as well as several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs. Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in the 1983 film The Right Stuff. He received the PEN/Laura Pels Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009. New York magazine described Shepard as "the greatest American playwright of his generation."
Shepard's plays are known for their bleak, poetic, surrealist elements, black comedy, and rootless characters living on the outskirts of American society. His style evolved from the absurdism of his early off-off-Broadway work to the realism of later plays like Buried Child and Curse of the Starving Class.
Awards and honors
|1966||Chicago, Icarus's Mother, Red Cross||Obie Award for Best Distinguished Play(s)||Won|
|1968||Forensic and the Navigator, Melodrama Play||Won|
|1973||The Tooth of Crime||Won|
|1975||Action||Obie Award for Best Playwriting||Won|
|1977||Curse of the Starving Class||Obie Award for Best New American Play||Won|
|1979||Buried Child||Obie Award for Best Playwriting||Won|
|Pulitzer Prize for Drama||Won|
|1980||Himself||Obie Award for Sustained Achievement||Won|
|1984||Fool for Love||Obie Award for Best New American Play||Won|
|Obie Award for Best Direction||Won|
|The Right Stuff||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|1985||Paris, Texas||BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|1986||A Lie of the Mind||Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play||Won|
|New York Drama Critics' Circle for Best Play||Won|
|Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play||Won|
|1992||Himself||American Academy of Arts and Letters – Gold Medal for Drama||Won|
|1994||American Theatre Hall of Fame||Inducted|
|1996||Buried Child||Tony Award for Best Play||Nominated|
|1997||Hallmark Hall of Fame: "Lily Dale"||Lone Star Film & Television Award for Best TV Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|1999||Dash and Lilly||Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie||Nominated|
|2000||Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film||Nominated|
|True West||Tony Award for Best Play||Nominated|
|2001||Black Hawk Down||Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|2008||Ruffian||SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries||Nominated|
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