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