Sam Shepard Net Worth, Height, Bio, Facts

Sam Shepard Biography
  • Name: Sam Shepard
  • Age at Death: 73 years old
  • Height: 6ft 1in (186 cm)
  • Occupation: Playwright
  • Net Worth: US $10 Million
  • Status: Deceased

Sam Shepard was an Oscar-nominated American actor and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. He was also a screenwriter, director and author. His credits include the plays Buried Child (1979), Curse of the Starving Class (1978), and the film The Right Stuff (1983). Shepard was born Samuel Shepard Rogers III on November 5, 1943 in Fort Sherian, Illinois. His father, Samuel Shepard Rogers, Jr., was a farmer and army officer. His mother, Jane Elaine Rogers, was a teacher. He had two younger sisters, Sandy and Roxanne. Shepard attended Duarte High School in California. He studied agriculture at Mt. San Antonio College but never completed a degree.

Shepard began acting and writing plays as early as high school. He dropped out of college in the early 1960s to join the traveling theater group ‘the Bishop’s Company’. He worked with the group for about two years before moving to New York City in 1963. Shepard’s first two plays ‘Cowboys’ and ‘The Rock Garden’ were released in 1964. He won Obie Awards for the plays Chicago (1965), Icarus’s Mother (1965), Red Cross (1966), La Turista (1967), Forensic and the Navigator (1968) and Melodrama Play (1968). Shepard worked alongside musician Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975. The two wrote the film, Renaldo and Clara (1978). Shepard was honored with the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play ‘Buried Child’. The 1996 Broadway production of the play was also nominated for a Tony Award for best play. Other plays include True West (1980), A Lie of the Mind (1985), Simpatico (1993), The God of Hell (2004) and Kicking a Dead Horse (2007).

Shepard was cast as “The Farmer” in the romantic-drama film, Days of Heaven (1978). The film was directed by Terrence Malick and also stars Richard Gere and Brooke Adams. He followed up with notable role in films like Resurrection (1980) and Frances (1982). Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of “Chuck Yeager” in The Right Stuff (1983). He appeared in Steel Magnolias (1989) alongside Sally Field and Dolly Parton. His film credits also include The Pelican Brief (1993) with Julia Roberts, Black Hawk Down (2001) with Josh Hartnett and Mud (2013) with Matthew McConaughey. In 1999, Shepard was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as “Dashiell Hammett” in the TV film Dash and Lilly. He had a recurring role as “Robert Rayburn” in the Netflix series Bloodline (2015-17).

Shepard was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1994. He was presented with the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009.

Sam Shepard died on July 27, 2017 at the age of 73. His reported cause of death was complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He passed away at his home in Kentucky. Shepard was married to actress ‘O-Lan Jones’ from 1969 to 1984. He also dated actress ‘Jessica Lange’ and was romantically linked to singer Patti Smith. He is survived by three children, Jesse, Hannah and Walker. Shepard had an estimated net worth of $10 million prior to his death. He was about 6ft 1in tall and he was of English and Scottish ancestry.

Sam Shepard Bio, Net Worth, Facts
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Sam Shepard Age, Birthday, Salary, Wiki

  • Birth Name: Samuel Shepard Rogers III
  • Birthday: November 5, 1943
  • Place of Birth: Fort Sheridan, Illinois, United States
  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
  • How Tall : Height: 6ft 1in (186 cm)
  • Occupation: Playwright, Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Author
  • Years Active: 1962-2017
  • Net Worth & Salary: US $10 Million
  • Marriage(s): O-Lan Jones
  • Death-O-Meter: Dead
  • Died: July 27, 2017
  • Cause of Death: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Place of Death: Midway, Kentucky, U.S.

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