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