Sam Shepard

Highest Rated: 100% California Typewriter (2017)
Birthday: Nov 5, 1943
Birthplace: Fort Sheridan, Illinois, USA
A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (for 1979's Buried Child), an Oscar-nominated actor, and a director and screenwriter to boot, multi-talented Sam Shepard has made a career of plumbing the darker depths of middle-American rural sensibilities and Western myths. The son of a military man, he was born Samuel Shepard Rogers on November 3, 1943, in Fort Sheridan, IL. Following a peripatetic childhood, part of which was spent on a farm, Shepard left home in late adolescence to move to New York City, where by the age of 20, he already had two plays produced. As a playwright, Shepard went on to win a number of Obies for such dramas as Curse of the Starving Class (1977), which he made into a film in 1994, and True West (aired on PBS in 1986). As an actor, the lanky and handsome Shepard made his feature film debut with a small role in Bronco Bullfrog (1969) and didn't resurface again until Bob Dylan's disastrous Renaldo and Clara (1978). The film followed Shepard's residence in London during the early '70s, where he worked on-stage as an actor and director when not playing drums for his band, The Holy Modal Rounders, which had performed as part of Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975. Also in 1978, Shepard made a big impression playing a wealthy landowner in Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, but it was not until he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for playing astronaut Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983) that he became a well-known actor. Following this success, he went on to specialize in playing drifters, cowboys, con artists, and eccentric characters with only the occasional leading role. Some of his more notable work included Paris, Texas (1984), which he also wrote; Fool For Love (1985), which was adapted from his play of the same name; Baby Boom (1987), Steel Magnolias (1989), and The Pelican Brief (1993). In addition to acting and writing, Shepard has also directed: in 1988, he made his debut with Far North, a film he wrote especially for his off-screen leading lady, Jessica Lange, with whom he has acted in Frances (1982), Country (1984), and Crimes of the Heart (1986).In 1999, Shepard could be seen on both the big and small screen. He appeared in Snow Falling on Cedars and Dash and Lilly, a made-for-TV movie for which he won an Emmy nomination in the role of the titular Dashiell Hammett. In addition, he also lent his writing skills to Simpatico, a Nick Nolte vehicle about friendship and loss adapted from Shepard's play of the same name.As the new decade began, he could be seen as the ghost in a modern-set Hamlet. He appeared in Black Hawk Down, as well as in Sean Penn's The Pledge. His play True West enjoyed a highly successful revival starring John C. Riley and Philip Seymour Hoffman as feuding brothers, which was notable because the actors traded parts every third performance. In 2004 he appeared in the popular romantic drama The Notebook, and wrote Don't Come Knocking the next year. He was the legendary outlaw Frank James in 2007's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. He was cast as Valerie Plame's father in Fair Game, and portrayed a dog-loving sheriff in Lawrnece Kasdan's Darling Companion.


Highest Rated Movies



83% Never Here Paul Stark 2017
100% California Typewriter Actor 2017
30% In Dubious Battle Mr. Anderson 2017
18% Ithaca Willie Grogan 2016
83% Midnight Special Calvin Meyer $3.4M 2016
83% Cold in July Ben Russell 2014
66% August: Osage County Beverly Weston $29.3M 2013
53% Out of the Furnace Gerald "Red" Baze $8.4M 2013
86% Shepard & Dark Actor $10.2K 2013
92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Actor 2013
14% Savannah Mr. Stubbs $26.2K 2013
97% Mud Tom Blakenship $21.6M 2013
74% Killing Them Softly Dillon $15M 2012
22% Darling Companion Sheriff Morris $0.8M 2012
53% Safe House Harlan Whitford $126.2M 2012
75% Blackthorn James Blackthorn $0.2M 2011
79% Fair Game Sam Plame $9.6M 2010
38% Inhale James Harrison $3.5K 2010
63% Brothers Hank Cahill $28.6M 2009
6% The Accidental Husband Wilder 2009
No Score Yet Walker Payne Syrus 2008
66% Patti Smith: Dream of Life Actor 2008
61% Felon Gordon Camrose 2008
76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Frank James $4M 2007
No Score Yet Ruffian Frank Whitely 2007
79% Charlotte's Web Narrator $82.2M 2006
62% Bandidas Bill Buck 2006
43% Don't Come Knocking Screenwriter Howard $0.4M 2006
100% Bound to Lose Actor 2006
12% Stealth Capt. George Cummings $31.8M 2005
53% The Notebook Frank Calhoun $81.1M 2004
90% This So-Called Disaster Actor 2004
No Score Yet Blind Horizon Sheriff Kolb 2003
43% Leo Vic 2002
76% Black Hawk Down Garrison $108.6M 2001
26% Swordfish Sen. Jim Reisman 2001
No Score Yet After the Harvest Caleb Gare 2001
78% The Pledge Eric Pollack $18.9M 2001
83% Shot in the Heart Frank Gilmore Sr. 2001
32% All the Pretty Horses J.C. Franklin $14.8M 2000
57% Hamlet Ghost 2000
No Score Yet Curtain Call Will Dodge 2000
No Score Yet One Kill Major Nelson Gray 2000
40% Snow Falling on Cedars Arthur Chambers 1999
No Score Yet Purgatory Sheriff Forrest 1999
No Score Yet Dash and Lilly Dashiell Hammett 1999
No Score Yet Kurosawa Narrator 1999
No Score Yet The Only Thrill Reece McHenry 1998
No Score Yet Great Performances Actor 1997
No Score Yet Lily Dale Actor 1996
No Score Yet Streets of Laredo Pea Eye Parker 1995
54% Safe Passage Patrick 1995
No Score Yet The Good Old Boys Tarnell 1995
38% Silent Tongue Director Screenwriter 1994
52% The Pelican Brief Thomas Callahan 1993
88% Thunderheart Frank Coutelle 1992
No Score Yet Defenseless Beutel 1991
80% Bright Angel Jack 1991
56% Homo Faber (Voyager) Walter Faber 1991
70% Steel Magnolias Spud Jones 1989
14% Far North Director Screenwriter 1988
73% Baby Boom Cooper 1987
81% Crimes of the Heart Doc Porter 1986
No Score Yet American Playhouse Screenwriter 1986
75% Fool for Love Eddie Screenwriter 1985
97% Paris, Texas Screenwriter 1984
100% Country Gil Ivy 1984
98% The Right Stuff Chuck Yeager 1983
65% Frances Harry York 1982
83% Raggedy Man Bailey 1981
No Score Yet Resurrection Cal 1980
94% Days of Heaven The Farmer 1978
40% Renaldo and Clara Screenwriter Actor 1978
No Score Yet Bronco Bullfrog Jo 1972
67% Zabriskie Point Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet Me and My Brother Screenwriter 1969


62% Bloodline
Robert Rayburn
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
80% Klondike
Father Judge
  • 2014
No Score Yet POV
  • 2009
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • 2002
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • 1984