Sam Shepard

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Samuel Shepard Rogers IV
  • Birth Place: Fort Sheridan, IL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/05/1943, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor; playwright; director; writer
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Sam Shepard Fast Facts:
  • 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.
  • Has 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, which 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 has since overcome) 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).
  • Sam Shepard Relationships:
  • Jessica Lange - Ex-significant Other
  • Jesse Shepard - Son
  • Patti Smith - Ex-significant Other
  • Jane Elaine Rogers - Mother
  • Hannah Jane Shepard - Daughter
  • Samuel Walker Shepard - Son
  • Sandy Rogers - Sister
  • Sam Shepard Rogers Jr. - Father
  • Roxanne Rogers - Sister
  • O-Lan Jones - Ex-wife
  • Sam Shepard Awards:
  • 1983 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2000 Tony: Play - Nominee
  • 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 2000 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1996 Tony: Play - Nominee
  • 1984 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay - Nominee
  • 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
  • 2014 Independent Spirit Awards: Robert Altman Award - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA

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