Sam Shepard

  • Birth Name: Samuel Shepard Rogers IV
  • Birth Place: Fort Sheridan, Illinois, United States
  • Died: July 27, 2017
  • Profession: Actor, Playwright, Director, Writer
Where to Watch

Available to Stream

  • Watch on

Next on TV

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.
  • 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).

Awards

  • 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
  • 1985, 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
  • 1983, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2000, Tony — Play: Nominee

Relationships

  • Sam Shepard Rogers Jr. — Father
  • Roxanne Rogers — Sister
  • Sandy Rogers — Sister
  • 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
  • O-Lan Jones — Ex-wife

College

  • Attended Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, California, United States

TV Premiere Dates

Because it's never too early to plan Thursday night... two months from now.

Your new favorite show is right here. Trust us.

My News

Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now