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Born: November 5, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Sheridan, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Director (feature film)

1.
Silent Tongue (1993) as Director
A ghost story of the Old West about an Indian woman, Silent Tongue, raped years earlier by a white medicine show charlatan, who haunts her plainsman husband.
2.
Far North (1988) as Director
Four generations of a family in northern Minnesota are brought together when the head of the family lands in the hospital after being thrown by his horse.
3.
Tongues (1982) as Director
A collaborative effort to present a moving monologue that explores multiple facets of life, illness, and recovery.

Cast (feature film)

4.
Ithaca (2015)
When his older brother goes to fight in WWII, 14-year-old Homer looks after their family and works as a telegraph messenger, delivering messages of love, hope and pain in their small town.
5.
Shepard & Dark (2013)
An intimate look at the relationship between playwright/actor Sam Shepard and his close friend Johnny Dark as they prepare forty years of their correspondence for publication.
6.
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2013)
This impressionistic portrait of iconic actor Harry Dean Stanton is composed of intimate moments, film clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs. The film explores his enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician and include
7.
Out of the Furnace (2013)
Russell Baze has a rough life: he works a dead-end, blue collar job at the local steel mill by day and cares for his terminally-ill father by night. When Russell's brother Rodney returns home from serving time in Iraq, he is lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and myster
8.
August: Osage County (2013)
When the family patriarch vanishes, the Weston women must return to their childhood home in the Midwest.
9.
Mud (2013)
An unlikely friendship forms between a 14-year-old boy and a fugitive.
10.
Safe House (2012)
Legendary spy Tobin Frost has eluded capture for almost a decade. One of the best ops men that the CIA has ever trained, the brilliant ex-intelligence officer has betrayed assets and sold military codes to enemies of the state since he turned. From aiding splinter cells to trading incendiary secrets to the highest bidder, the damage he has done to the U.S. is immeasurable. Now, Frost is back on the grid with the most explosive intel he has ever gotten his hands on. For the past year, Matt Weston has been frustrated by his inactive, backwater post in Cape Town. A "housekeeper" who aspires to be a full-fledged case officer, the loyal company man has been waiting for an opportunity to prove himself. When the first and only occupant he has had proves to be the most dangerous operative he will ever cross, Weston readies for duty.
11.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
When three dumb guys rob a high-stakes card game under protection by the local mob, it wrecks the local criminal economy and a mob enforcer springs into action.
12.
Blackthorn (2011)
Butch Cassidy is living out his last days under the name James Blackthorn in Bolivia and dreams of returning to the United States. When he meets a young Spanish mining engineer accused of robbing a mine, the two of them become friends.
13.
Fair Game (2010)
Based on the autobiography of real-life undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose career was destroyed and marriage strained to its limits when her covert identity was exposed by a politically motivated press leak. As a covert officer in the CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie's husband, diplomat Joe Wilson, is drawn into the investigation to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to support the call to war, Joe writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions and ignites a firestorm of controversy.
14.
Inhale (2010)
Every day, rising Santa Fe District Attorney Paul Chaney and his wife, Diane, wait for word that there's a donor for their daughter, Chloe. Diagnosed with a rare degenerative condition, Chloe is on a long list to receive a double lung transplant. As her health worsens, Paul becomes desperate to sav
15.
Brothers (2009)
Thirty-something Captain Sam Cahill and his younger brother Tommy Cahill are polar opposites. A Marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart, the aptly named Grace, with whom he has two young daughters. Tommy, his charismatic younger brother, is a drifter just out of jail who's always gotten by on wit and charm. He slides easily into his role as family provocateur on his first night out of prison at Sam's farewell dinner with their parents, Elsie and Hank Cahill, a retired Marine. Shipped out to Afghanistan, Sam is presumed dead when his Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in the mountains. At home in suburbia, the Cahill family suddenly faces a shocking void, and Tommy tries to fill in for his brother by assuming responsibility for himself, Grace, and the children.
16.
Accidental Husband, The (2009)
Radio sensation Dr. Emma Lloyd and her publisher/fiancé Michael thought getting a license to wed in New York would be easier than getting a driver's license. After all, there's no tests--written or blood--they were both over 18, and they weren't related. All they needed to do was show up together at
17.
Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008)
Known as the godmother of punk, legendary singer, artist and poet Patti Smith emerged in the 1970's, galvanizing the music scene with her unique style of poetic rage, music and trademark swagger. This multitalented and private artist is followed over 11 years of international travel, through her spo
18.
Felon (2008)
Wade Porter lives a modest but comfortable life with a young family, a fledgling business and a promising future ahead. But in an instant, his life, and that of everyone he loves is threatened and possibly gone forever when he's convicted of killing a man while protecting his fiancée, Laura, and th
19.
Ruffian (2007)
In 1974 thoroughbred horse Ruffian dominates the circuit. Sportswriter Bill Nack gives a firsthand account of Ruffian, her owners, trainers, jockey and fans and how, in a dramatic parallel to the womens' movement, she prepares to race against her rival, Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure.
20.
Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose, The (2007)
After 40 years of unpredictable live shows, drug addictions and breakdowns, psychedelic folk rock legends, The Holy Modal Rounders survived one of the strangest careers in music. With appearances by former Rounders drummer, playwright/actor Sam Shepard, Dennis Hopper, John Sebastian of 'The Lovin' S
21.
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The (2007)
In 1881, a younger member of the notorious Jesse James gang becomes so inextricably drawn to and frightened of his mentor that his own delusions of grandeur force him to consider doing the unthinkable.
22.
Bandidas (2006) as Cast
Adventure tale follows two feisty female bank robbers.
23.
Charlotte's Web (2006)
Fern is one of only two living beings who sees that Wilbur is a special animal, while she raises him--the runt of the litter--into a terrific and radiant pig. As Wilbur moves into a new barn, he begins a second profound friendship with the most unlikely of creatures--a spider named Charlotte--and th
24.
Walker Payne (2006)
In 1957, a charming seducer and underachiever in a small town is forced to make heartbreaking decisions to save his two daughters.
25.
REVOLVER (2006)
A troubled young woman traveling across the Midwest discovers that she may be reincarnated and that supernatural forces have brought her there to avenge her own murder.
26.
Stealth (2005) as Cast
U.S. Navy pilots Ben Gannon, Kara Wade and Henry Purcell are part of a close-knit elite division of test pilots flying highly classified stealth fighter jets, referred to only as Talons. They're the best of the best and they know it. Then their commanding officer Cpt. George Cummings introduces the team to their new wingman--an artificial intelligence-based UCAV, nicknamed "EDI." Although Ben is hesitant about taking "the human pilot out of the equation of war," Cummings orders the team to execute their first real mission alongside "EDI." To their amazement, "EDI" proves to be a cracker-jack wingman and they successfully eliminate their target. But on the return trip to their base aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson, "EDI" is struck by lightning. The drone's brain expands in ways its creators could never have predicted. Despite Ben and Henry's reservations, Cummings declares "EDI" ready to rejoin the team in the air. On their next mission against a nuclear-armed warlord in a remote Chinese province, "EDI's" seriously compromised circuitry problems only get worse. Ben decides that the risks of the attack far outweigh the benefits to himself, Henry and Kara, (for whom he has developed a romantic attraction). When he aborts the mission, "EDI" goes against orders and executes the hit anyway. The danger escalates when "EDI" decides to execute a top-secret mission that, if successful, could spiral into worldwide nuclear Armageddon. And only Ben can prevent it.
27.
Trudell (2005)
The engaging life story of Native American poet-prophet-activist John Trudell and his heartfelt message of active, personal responsibility to the earth, all of its inhabitants, and our descendents.
28.
Don't Come Knocking (2005) as Cast
Howard Spence has seen better days. When he was younger he was a movie star, mostly in Westerns. At the age of sixty, Howard uses drugs, alcohol and young girls to avoid the painful truth that there are only supporting roles left for him to play. After yet another night of debauchery in his trailer,
29.
Notebook, The (2004) as Frank Calhoun
An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to an older, invalid woman whom he regularly visits. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, after they ha
30.
This So-Called Disaster (2003) as Himself
After the American playwright and actor Sam Shepard had played the role of the ghost in Michael Almereyda's "Hamlet," Shepard invited the filmmaker to document rehearsals for his "The Late Henry Moss," that he staged with Nick Nolte and Sean Penn in leading roles. Almereyda and his crew filmed the l
31.
Black Hawk Down (2002) as [Maj. Gen. William F.] Garrison
The true story of the United States' involvement in Somalia during an ill-fated humanitarian mission. On October 3, 1993, U.S. soldiers entered Somalia on an exercise that was supposed to take less than an hour. The mission turned into a nightlong battle against thousands of heavily armed Somalians.
32.
Kurosawa (2001) as Narrator
Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest directors in the history of Japanese cinema, whose work was acclaimed throughout the world. From "Rashomon" (1950) through "Seven Samurai" (1954) to his late masterpiece "Ran" (1985), Kurosawa produced one of the most important and inf
33.
Shot In The Heart (2001) as Frank Gilmore Sr
Telefilm based on the true story of two brothers torn apart by a tortured family legacy and brought together by the notorious 1977 execution of convicted killer Gary Gilmore as the eyes of the world looked on. Set in the days prior to his execution, the telefilm examines the relationship between Gar
34.
Pledge, The (2001) as Eric Pollack
A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child.
35.
After the Harvest (2001) as Caleb Gare
A horrible secret keeps a woman and her children in virtual slavery at the hands of her controlling, farmer husband. When a beautiful, young teacher comes to live on the farm, the family is changed forever.
36.
Swordfish (2001) as Senator Reisman
Cyberspace is a world protected by firewalls, passwords and the most advanced security systems. In this world we hide our deepest secrets, our most incriminating information, and of course, a whole lot of money. This is the world of Swordfish. Gabriel Shear, a charismatic and dangerous spy, needs to get inside this world. If he can get in, billions in illegal government funds wait for the taking. To actually steal the money, however, he'll need the help of Stanley Jobson, a former superhacker who's now desperate and penniless. Stanley has been forbidden to get within 50 yards of the nearest electronics store after doing time for wreaking havoc on the FBI's controversial high-tech cyber surveillance operations. Gabriel and his beautiful partner Ginger lure Stanley into their clandestine world, baiting him with the things he can't have - a chance to reunite with Holly, the daughter he lost during a bitter divorce battle and the opportunity to start a new life.
37.
Hamlet (2000) as Ghost (Hamlet'S Father)
based on the Shakespeare play about a man who returns home to his kingdom to find his mom married to his uncle and his father dead, and then must avenge his father's death. Put against a high-tech background.
38.
One Kill (2000) as Major Nelson Gray
Captain Mary Jane O'Malley, a highly decorated Marine Corps officer and divorced mother of two, ends her ill-advised affair with a chauvinistic senior officer, Major Nelson Gray, after she discovers he is married. Gray begins a campaign of terror against his former lover, even taking her children ou
39.
All the Pretty Horses (2000) as J C Franklin
A Texas boy wrongfully arrested for stealing horses returns from prison to steal back the horses and find their real owners.
40.
Purgatory (1999) as Sheriff Forest
An outlaw band of desperadoes descends upon a defenseless western outpost and come to question their path when they discover that the town's ghostly inhabitants are not who they appear to be.
41.
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) as Arthur Chambers
A fisherman is accused of murdering a man, and a journalist tries to prove his innocence.
42.
Curtain Call (1998)
A romantic comedy about a book publisher and his girlfriend who move into a new house which is inhabited by two ghosts who were once famous actors.
43.
Only Thrill, The (1997) as Reece Mchenry
A story of two parallel relationships--a middle-aged couple who have been carrying on an adulterous affair for years, and the budding romance of their grown children.
44.
Lily Dale (1996) as Pete Davenport
Set in 1910, Horace Robedaux comes home to his mother and sister after a long absence -- an estrangement that began when his father died and his mother remarried. Horace's bitterness toward his stepfather and his unresolved feelings may destroy the newly-reunited family.
45.
Good Old Boys (1995) as Snort Yarnell
As society is transformed in the American West at the turn of the 20th Century, a cowboy tries to reconcile himself to the changes.
46.
Safe Passage (1994) as Patrick Singer
Recently estranged from her husband, and mother of seven sons, Mag Singer stands poised to pursue a whole new way of life. But when one of her children is involved in an explosion while on duty in the Middle East, Mag must rexamine everything she cherishes.
47.
Silent Tongue (1993)
A ghost story of the Old West about an Indian woman, Silent Tongue, raped years earlier by a white medicine show charlatan, who haunts her plainsman husband.
48.
The Pelican Brief (1993) as Thomas Callahan
A law student stumbles on evidence behind the assassination of two Supreme Court justices.
49.
Thunderheart (1992) as Frank Coutelle
An FBI man gets back in touch with his Native roots investigating a murder on a reservation.
50.
Voyager (1991) as Walter Faber
Set in 1957, the story of a middle-aged American engineer who falls in love with a young European woman, who happens to be his daughter from a woman he abandoned 20 years earlier while a student in Switzerland.
51.
Defenseless (1991) as George Beutel
An unstable Los Angeles attorney discovers that her male lover and client is married to her long-lost college roommate. When he's found murdered, she becomes the defense attorney for his wife, who's been accused in the case.
52.
Bright Angel (1990) as Jack Russel
A young drifter talks a naive young man into helping her spring her brother from jail.
53.
Steel Magnolias (1989) as Spud Jones
Small-town Southern women help each other through the trials of life.
54.
Baby Boom (1987) as Dr Jeff Cooper
A super-yuppie businesswoman has to adjust to motherhood when she inherits a baby.
55.
Crimes Of The Heart (1986) as Doc Porter
Based on Beth Henley's play about Mississippi sisters: fast Meg, nervous Lenny and Babe, out on bail.
56.
Fool For Love (1985) as Eddie
Filmed adaptation of Sam Shepard's play about a cowboy and his too close relationship with his half-sister who shares a motel room with him.
57.
Country (1984) as Gil Ivy
A midwestern farm family struggles to stay together when the government attempts to foreclose on their loan and take their land away.
58.
The Right Stuff (1983) as Chuck Yeager
The first astronauts fight for their place in space.
59.
Frances (1982) as Harry York
Actress Frances Farmer's mind snaps under the pressures of Hollywood life and a domineering mother.
60.
Raggedy Man (1981) as Bailey--
Nita, a divorced mother of two boys, is stuck working as a telephone operator in a small Texas town in World War II. Her friendship with a sailor, who is 'on leave', causes judgemental tongues to wag in town.
61.
Resurrection (1980) as Cal Carpenter
After a horrible accident, a woman discovers she posseses a special gift of healing.
62.
Days of Heaven (1978) as Farmer
Young lovers pose as brother and sister to survive on the American frontier during the early 20th century.
63.
Renaldo & Clara (1977)
Bob Dylan's 1976/1976 Rolling Thunder Revue concert tour is chronicled. Dylan is seen performing many of his well-known songs, and his wife Sara, counterculture icons Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, and several others perform improvised pieces between the songs. Skits are also included, featuring Dylan p
64.
Brand X (1970) as
An anarchic, episodic riff on the irrelevance and crass commercialism of television programming in the late 60s.
65.
Bronco Bullfrog (1970) as Jo Saville Alias Bronco Bullfrog

Writer (feature film)

66.
Don't Come Knocking (2005) as Story By
Howard Spence has seen better days. When he was younger he was a movie star, mostly in Westerns. At the age of sixty, Howard uses drugs, alcohol and young girls to avoid the painful truth that there are only supporting roles left for him to play. After yet another night of debauchery in his trailer,
67.
Don't Come Knocking (2005) as Screenwriter
Howard Spence has seen better days. When he was younger he was a movie star, mostly in Westerns. At the age of sixty, Howard uses drugs, alcohol and young girls to avoid the painful truth that there are only supporting roles left for him to play. After yet another night of debauchery in his trailer,
68.
See You in My Dreams (2004) as Stories As Source Material ("Cruising Paradise" And "Motel Chronicles")
Joe, a struggling rancher, strives to emerge from the shadow of his harsh upbringing and make a better life for himself and his family. When his business ideas falter, Joe is afraid that he is going to lose his wife, Angela, to another man and set a bad example for his son, Ben, in whom he has inves
69.
Black Hawk Down (2002) as Contract Writer
The true story of the United States' involvement in Somalia during an ill-fated humanitarian mission. On October 3, 1993, U.S. soldiers entered Somalia on an exercise that was supposed to take less than an hour. The mission turned into a nightlong battle against thousands of heavily armed Somalians.
70.
Simpatico (1999) as Play As Source Material ("Simpatico")
The story of three friends bound by a pact which, after twenty years, is beginning to unravel. After devising a fool-proof horse-racing scam, Vinnie invited his girlfriend Rosie to share in the take, but things went awry when Rosie and Vinnie's best friend Carter ran off with the money. Twenty years
71.
Me and My Brother (1998) as Screenwriter
Julius Orlovsky, after spending years in a New York mental hospital, emerges catatonic and must rely on his brother Peter, who lives with poet Allen Ginsberg. When Julius wanders off in the middle of filming, Frank hires and actor (Joseph Chaikin) to play the character and begins a fictional version
72.
Curse of the Starving Class (1995)
Set on a rundown farm in modern-day America, a family struggles to live the American dream in a country that is being sold off by opportunist developers. Based on Sam Shepard's play "Curse of the Starving Class."
73.
Silent Tongue (1993) as Screenwriter
A ghost story of the Old West about an Indian woman, Silent Tongue, raped years earlier by a white medicine show charlatan, who haunts her plainsman husband.
74.
Far North (1988) as Screenwriter
Four generations of a family in northern Minnesota are brought together when the head of the family lands in the hospital after being thrown by his horse.
75.
Fool For Love (1985) as Play As Source Material ("Fool For Love")
Filmed adaptation of Sam Shepard's play about a cowboy and his too close relationship with his half-sister who shares a motel room with him.
76.
Fool For Love (1985) as Screenwriter
Filmed adaptation of Sam Shepard's play about a cowboy and his too close relationship with his half-sister who shares a motel room with him.
77.
Paris, Texas (1984) as Screenwriter
An amnesiac tries to find the family he lost.
78.
Zabriskie Point (1970) as Screenwriter
A young girl helps a student radical escape the police.
79.
Me and My Brother (1969) as Screenwriter

Music (feature film)

80.
Silent Tongue (1993) as Drums
A ghost story of the Old West about an Indian woman, Silent Tongue, raped years earlier by a white medicine show charlatan, who haunts her plainsman husband.

Cast (special)

81.
Kurosawa (2002) as Narration
Hailed by critics as one of the top filmmakers of the 20th century, Japanese director Akira Kurosawa is especially distinctive as the only non-Westerner on this elite list. In 1990, he received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement. However, only a few of his films are even familiar to
82.
Intimate Portrait: Jessica Lange (1998) as Interviewee
Documentary profiling the life and career of actress Jessica Lange.
83.
Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself (1998)
Playwright/actor Sam Shepard discusses his career and reads from his works. Woven throughout are performance excerpts from Shepard plays.
84.
Jessica Lange: It's Only Make-Believe (1991)
A documentary about actress Jessica Lange. Included are interview footage of Lange herself, as well as interviews with family, friends and colleagues and clips from some of her films.

Writer (special)

85.
True West (2002) as Writer (From Play "True West")
Lee is a troubled drifter who often resorts to small-time criminal activity. His brother, Austin, is a family man and an up-and-coming Hollywood screenwriter on the verge of closing a big deal. Austin is dismayed that Lee is trying to build a relationship with Saul Kimmer, a producer. Their mother s
86.
Sam Shepard's "True West" (1984) as Play As Source Material ("True West")
An adaptation for television of Sam Shepard's play about the antagonistic relationship of two brothers, Lee, a slovenly drifter and cat burglar, and Austin, an up-and-coming screenwriter. Set in rural California, the action begins when Lee turns up unexpectedly at his mother's house, now being tende
87.
Sam Shepard's "True West" (1984) as Writer
An adaptation for television of Sam Shepard's play about the antagonistic relationship of two brothers, Lee, a slovenly drifter and cat burglar, and Austin, an up-and-coming screenwriter. Set in rural California, the action begins when Lee turns up unexpectedly at his mother's house, now being tende

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

88.
Dash and Lilly (1999) as Dashiel Hammett

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

89.
Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo (1995) as Pea Eye Parker
The third installment in the "Lonesome Dove" saga features Woodrow F. Call, now a wizened bounty hunter, hired to track down and kill brilliant young Mexican bandit, Joey Garza.

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