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Born: November 5, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Sheridan, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Brought up on a succession of military bases before his family settled on a farm near Duarte, CA
1963:
Changed his name to Sam Shepard on the bus ride to NYC
1964:
First produced play, "Cowboys" at Theatre Genesis in New York City
1969:
Contributed sketches to the stage musical revue "Oh! Calcutta!"
1969:
First film as screenwriter (co-written with director Robert Frank), the experimental "Me and My Brother"
1969:
First teleplay broadcast, "Fourteen Hundred Thousand" (NET)
1970:
First commercial film as co-screenwriter, "Zabriskie Point"; directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
1971:
First major stage appearance, "Cowboy Mouth" at American Place Theatre in New York; written with Patti Smith
1975:
Toured as drummer with Bob Dylan's "Rolling Thunder Revue"; later wrote book about experience
1978:
Screen acting debut, "Renaldo and Clara"; directed by Dylan
1978:
First major film role as Farmer in Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven"
1979:
Initial collaboration with Joseph Chaiken, "Tongues"
1979:
Received Pulitzer Prize in Drama for "Buried Child"
1982:
First feature with Jessica Lange, "Frances"
1983:
Directed first major stage production, "Fool For Love" at Circle Repertory Company in NYC; received an OBIE as Best Director
1983:
Starred as legendary pilot Chuck Yeager in "The Right Stuff"; received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor
1984:
Acted opposite Lange in "Country"
1984:
Wrote screenplay for Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas"; feature won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Filme Festival
1985:
Adapted his play "Fool For Love" for the screen; feature directed by Robert Altman; also co-starred in film
1986:
Wrote and directed the stage play "A Lie of the Mind"
1986:
Reteamed with Lange for "Crimes of the Heart"; also first screen work with Diane Keaton
1987:
Played Dr Jeff Cooper in "Baby Boom" opposite Diane Keaton
1988:
Film directorial debut, "Far North"; last film to date with Lange; also wrote screenplay
1990:
Headlined Volker Schlondorff's thought-provoking "Voyager," an adaptation of Max Frisch's "Homo Faber" (1957)
1992:
Portrayed Frank Coutelle in "Thunderheart"
1993:
Wrote, directed and provided percussion for "Silent Tongue"
1995:
Bruce Beresford adapted Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class" for Showtime movie presentation
1996:
Broadway debut as playwright with revised version of "Buried Child"; directed by Gary Sinise; earned a Tony nominations for Best Play
1996:
With Chaikin wrote "When the World Was Green"; commissioned for the Olympic Arts Festival in Atlanta
1997:
Reteamed with Peter Masterson for feature, "The Only Thrill"; film also starred Diane Keaton
1998:
"Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself" appeared as part of "Great Performances" (PBS)
1999:
Appeared in Scott Hicks' "Snow Falling on Cedars"
1999:
Starred as Dashiell Hammett opposite Judy Davis in the A&E biopic "Dash & Lilly"; garnered an Emmy nomination
2000:
Produced "True West" on Broadway with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C Reilly, alternating leading roles; production garnered Tony nomination as Best Play
2000:
New play, "The Late Henry Moss" premiered in San Francisco, featuring Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson and Nick Nolte
2001:
Cast as the chief of detectives in "The Pledge" helmed by Sean Penn
2001:
Starred in Ridley Scott's "Black Hawk Down"
2004:
Cast in Nick Cassavetes' "The Notebook"
2006:
Played a washed up cowboy actor in the neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking"; also penned the screenplay
2007:
Co-starred with Frank Whaley in "Ruffian," an ESPN-produced TV movie based on the legendary racehorse; earned a SAG nomination for Outstanding Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
2007:
Cast as Jesse James' (Brad Pitt) brother in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
2009:
Played the father of Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal in Jim Sheridan's remake of "Brothers"
2011:
Portrayed outlaw Butch Cassidy in the Western "Blackthorn"
2012:
Appeared in the action drama "Safe House" opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds
2012:
Featured in the lauded drama "Mud"
2013:
Joined the ensemble cast of the film version of "August: Osage County"

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