Sam Shepard passed away Thursday due to complications of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Known primarily as a trailblazing surrealist playwright, Shepard pushed boundaries of what it means to live in America in plays like “True West” (1980) and “Fool for Love” (1983).
Shepard received the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “Buried Child.” The play deconstructs the concept of the “American Dream” and the dissolution of the traditional nuclear family.
via The New York Times
Shepard was also familiar to moviegoers with roles in films like “The Right Stuff,” for which he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination in the Academy Awards. More recently, Shepard had a role in Netflix’s “Bloodline.”
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