Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, died in his home in Kentucky aged 73. A spokesperson for the actor's family said that he passed away due to complications stemming from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Shepard won the Pultizer Prize in 1979 for his play, "Buried Child," which portrayed the darker sides of American life. He was nominated for two other Pulitzers for "True West" and "Fool for Love," both of which were ran on Broadway. He also wrote such plays as "Curse of the Starving Class" and "A Lie of the Mind." Shepard was an influential writer in the Off Broadway movement.
A hero of theatre. A hero of writing. A hero of acting. A hero of mine. Sam Shepard RIP.— Nikolaj CosterWaldau (@nikolajcw) July 31, 2017
Most recently, Shepard appeared in the Netflix show "Bloodline." He was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in "The Right Stuff." He also appeared in "The Notebook," "Mud," "Swordfish," and voiced the narrator in "Charlotte's Web."