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Sam Shepard

Highest Rated:   100% California Typewriter (2017)
Lowest Rated:   6% The Accidental Husband (2009)
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Birthplace:   Fort Sheridan, Illinois, USA
Fell in love with horses and farming while growing up in California, where one of his first jobs was working with horses at the Santa Anita Racetrack. Authored more than 40 plays, including Buried Child, winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the Tony-nominated True West. Played drums in the late-'60s folk band the Holy Modal Rounders, who were featured on the soundtrack of Easy Rider. Had a relationship with musician Patti Smith in the early 1970s; reunited with her for a poetry reading four decades later in New York. Collaborated with Bob Dylan on several works, including the 11-minute song "Brownsville Girl" on Dylan's album Knocked Out Loaded. Ironically suffered from a fear of flying (which he later overcame) at the time of his Oscar-nominated performance as pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983). Spent time writing and sharing ideas at the Santa Fe Institute, where a meeting with former CIA operative Valerie Plame helped him prepare for roles in Fair Game (2010) and Safe House (2012).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% California Typewriter
  • Actor
2017
32% In Dubious Battle
  • Mr. Anderson
2017
No Score Yet You Were Never Here
  • Paul Stark
2017
No Score Yet You Were Never Here
  • Paul Stark
2017
13% Ithaca
  • Willie Grogan
2016
84% Midnight Special
  • Calvin Meyer
$3.4M 2016
86% Cold in July
  • Ben Russell
2014
64% 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
8% Savannah
  • Mr. Stubbs
$26.2k 2013
98% Mud
  • Tom Blakenship
$21.6M 2013
74% Killing Them Softly
  • Dillon
$14.9M 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
65% Patti Smith: Dream of Life
  • Actor
2008
59% 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
78% Charlotte's Web
  • Narrator
$82.2M 2006
16% The Return
  • Ed Mills
$7.8M 2006
62% Bandidas
  • Bill Buck
2006
42% Don't Come Knocking
  • Screenwriter
  • Howard
$0.4M 2006
100% Bound to Lose
  • Actor
2006
13% Stealth
  • Capt. George Cummings
$31.8M 2005
52% The Notebook
  • Frank Calhoun
$81M 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
80% Shot in the Heart
  • Frank Gilmore Sr.
2001
32% All the Pretty Horses
  • J.C. Franklin
$14.8M 2000
56% 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 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
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1994
53% The Pelican Brief
  • Thomas Callahan
1993
87% Thunderheart
  • Frank Coutelle
1992
No Score Yet Defenseless
  • Beutel
1991
80% Bright Angel
  • Jack
1991
63% Homo Faber (Voyager)
  • Walter Faber
1991
69% Steel Magnolias
  • Spud Jones
1989
17% Far North
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1988
76% 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
100% Paris, Texas
  • Screenwriter
1984
100% Country
  • Gil Ivy
1984
98% The Right Stuff
  • Chuck Yeager
1983
68% 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
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1978
No Score Yet Bronco Bullfrog
  • Jo
1972
67% Zabriskie Point
  • Screenwriter
1970
No Score Yet Me and My Brother
  • Screenwriter
1969
No Score Yet Kurosawa
  • Narrator
1951

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
52% Bloodline
2015
  • Robert Rayburn
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
80% Klondike
2014
  • Father Judge
  • 2014
No Score Yet POV
1988
  • Appearing
  • 2009
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Narrator
  • Actor
  • 2002

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