Friday 22 November 2019

Actor and playwright Sam Shepard dies aged 73

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Actor and playwright Sam Shepard has died aged 73, a family spokesman said.

The star, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Right Stuff in 1983, died at his home in Kentucky on July 27.

A spokesman for the family said he died from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Born in 1943, Shepard grew up on a California ranch and went on to become an actor and prolific playwright, penning more than 40 plays.

Game Of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was among those to pay tribute.

He wrote on Twitter: "A hero of theatre. A hero of writing. A hero of acting. A hero of mine. Sam Shepard RIP."

House Of Cards creator Beau Willimon wrote: "Sam Shepard is one of the greats. These eyes saw so much, and he wrote of what he saw with fearless, timeless honesty. RIP maestro."

Novelist Chris Bohjalian tweeted: ""When you hit a wall - of your own imagined limitations - just kick it in." - Sam Shepard. #RIP. You gave us so very much. You'll be missed."

Seinfeld's Jason Alexander wrote: "A great man of the theater has passed. Thank you, Sam Shepard. RIP."

The Shield star Michael Chiklis said: "First became a Sam Shepard fan as a playwright when I was in Buried Child @BU_SOT Tremendously talented actor as well. Gone too soon. RIP."

Shepard wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child in 1979.

A production of the play, starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, finished a run at London's Trafalgar Studios earlier this year.

The star's films included Black Hawk Down, Fool For Love, The Notebook and August: Osage County and he recently appeared in Netflix series Bloodline.

Shepard was in a relationship with actress Jessica Lange for almost 30 years and they had two children together.

He had another child with his former wife O-Lan Jones.

Belfast Telegraph

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