Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard

Highest Rated: 100% California Typewriter (2016)

Lowest Rated: 6% The Accidental Husband (2008)

Birthday: Nov 05, 1943

Birthplace: Fort Sheridan, Illinois, USA

One of the most influential and celebrated playwrights of the late 20th century, Sam Shepard developed an extensive body of work that was preoccupied with the myth of the vanishing West and dysfunctional families on the verge of tragedy. More existentialist and surrealist than romantic and conventional, Shepard often wrote plays that incorporated symbolism and non-linear storytelling while being populated with drifters, fading rock stars and others living on the edge. He also employed eccentric, inventive language - and sometimes music - to explore the parallel fantasy of disappearing from the known world. After getting his start with one-acts like "Cowboy" and "Icarus' Mother," Shepard won numerous awards with full length plays like "Curse of the Starving Class" (1978) and "Buried Child" (1978), the latter of which earned him a Pulitzer Prize in Drama. His playwriting career reached its zenith with the popular "True West" (1980), after which Shepard began focusing more on acting with roles in "The Right Stuff" (1983) and "Steel Magnolias" (1989). By time he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1994, Shepard was far and away one of the greatest playwrights of his generation, as well as a movie star whose rugged good looks and deep intelligence made him a modern descendent of the likes of Gary Cooper. Sam Shepard died on July 30, 2017 on his farm near Midway, Kentucky of complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He was 73.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
80% 40% Never Here Paul Stark (Character) - 2017
30% 38% In Dubious Battle Mr. Anderson (Character) - 2016
83% 67% Midnight Special Calvin Meyer (Character) $3.7M 2016
100% 84% California Typewriter Self $218.6K 2016
22% 31% Ithaca Willie Grogan (Character) - 2015
84% 67% Cold in July Ben Russell (Character) $414.6K 2014
13% 35% Savannah Mr. Stubbs (Character) $36.7K 2013
54% 52% Out of the Furnace Gerald "Red" Baze (Character) $11.3M 2013
97% 80% Mud Tom Blankenship (Character) $21.6M 2013
67% 65% August: Osage County Beverly Weston (Character) $37.7M 2013
53% 63% Safe House Harlan Whitford (Character) $126.1M 2012
73% 44% Killing Them Softly Dillon (Character) $14.9M 2012
89% 76% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Unknown (Character) - 2012
21% 29% Darling Companion Sheriff Morris (Character) $793.4K 2012
75% 61% Blackthorn James Blackthorn/Butch Cassidy (Character) $199.7K 2011
79% 65% Fair Game Sam Plame (Character) $9.5M 2010
38% 46% Inhale James Harrison (Character) $3K 2010
64% 62% Brothers Hank Cahill (Character) $28.5M 2009
6% 36% The Accidental Husband Wilder (Character) - 2008
63% 82% Felon Gordon Camrose (Character) - 2008
67% 75% Patti Smith: Dream of Life Unknown (Character) $30.9K 2008
No Score Yet 96% Ruffian Frank Whiteley (Character) - 2007
76% 75% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Frank James (Character) $3.9M 2007
78% 62% Charlotte's Web Narrator $82.5M 2006
16% 32% The Return Ed Mills (Character) $7.7M 2006
56% 43% Bandidas Bill Buck (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 48% Walker Payne Syrus (Character) - 2006
43% 60% Don't Come Knocking Howard Spence (Character),
Writer
$438.7K 2005
12% 39% Stealth Capt. George Cummings (Character) $31.7M 2005
33% 75% Trudell Unknown (Character) $21.8K 2005
No Score Yet 32% Blind Horizon Sheriff Jack Kolb (Character) - 2004
53% 85% The Notebook Frank Calhoun (Character) $81M 2004
90% 60% This So-Called Disaster Self $45.2K 2003
43% 64% Leo Vic (Character) - 2002
25% 59% Swordfish Senator Reisman (Character) $69.8M 2001
83% 69% Shot in the Heart Frank Gilmore Sr. (Character) - 2001
76% 88% Black Hawk Down Garrison (Character) $108.6M 2001
No Score Yet 86% Kurosawa Narrator - 2001
78% 59% The Pledge Eric Pollack (Character) $19.7M 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet After the Harvest Caleb Gare (Character) - 2001
59% 46% Hamlet Ghost (Character) $1.6M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Kill Unknown (Character) - 2000
32% 42% All the Pretty Horses J.C. Franklin (Character) $15.5M 2000
25% 14% Simpatico Writer (Play) $902.1K 1999
No Score Yet 78% Purgatory Sheriff Forrest/Wild Bill Hickock (Character) - 1999
39% 67% Snow Falling on Cedars Arthur Chambers (Character) $14.4M 1999
No Score Yet 60% Dash and Lilly Dashiell Hammett (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Curtain Call Will Dodge (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 41% The Only Thrill Reece McHenry (Character) $15.1K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lily Dale Pete Davenport (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 64% The Good Old Boys Tarnell (Character) - 1995
38% 47% Silent Tongue Director - 1994
54% 73% Safe Passage Patrick Singer (Character) $1.6M 1994
53% 61% The Pelican Brief Thomas Callahan (Character) $100.7M 1993
89% 75% Thunderheart Frank Coutelle (Character) $20.1M 1992
No Score Yet 44% Defenseless Det. Beutel (Character) $6.4M 1991
56% 72% Voyager Walter Faber (Character) - 1991
80% 31% Bright Angel Lucy (Character) $17.4K 1990
68% 89% Steel Magnolias Spud Jones (Character) $79.4M 1989
13% 50% Far North Director,
Screenwriter
$23.7K 1988
76% 62% Baby Boom Dr. Jeff Cooper (Character) $25.4M 1987
81% 65% Crimes of the Heart Doc Porter (Character) $19.3M 1986
75% 46% Fool for Love Eddie (Character) - 1985
100% 69% Country Gil Ivy (Character) - 1984
97% 93% Paris, Texas Writer - 1984
96% 90% The Right Stuff Capt/Col. Chuck Yeager, Test Pilot (Character) - 1983
66% 78% Frances Harry York (Character) - 1982
83% 56% Raggedy Man Bailey (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 76% Resurrection Cal (Character) - 1980
43% 71% Renaldo and Clara Screenwriter - 1978
92% 89% Days of Heaven The Farmer (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 43% Bronco Bullfrog Unknown (Character) - 1972
64% 75% Zabriskie Point Writer - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brand X Unknown (Character) - 1970

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62% 75% Bloodline Robert Rayburn (Character) 2015

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