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Sam Shepard was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, to Jane Elaine (Schook), a teacher, and Samuel Shepard Rogers, a teacher and farmer who was also in the army. As the eldest son of a US Army officer (and WWII bomber pilot), Shepard spent his early childhood moving from base to base around the US until finally settling in ... See full bio »
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 2016 You Were Never Here (post-production)
Paul Stark
 2015 Ithaca
Willie Grogan
 2014 Cold in July
 2013 Savannah
Mr. Stubbs
 2012 Mud
 2012 Darling Companion
Sheriff Morris
 2011 Blackthorn
 2010/I Fair Game
Sam Plame
 2008 Felon
 2008 The Accidental Husband
 2006 Charlotte's Web
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 2006/I The Return
Ed Mills
 2006 Walker Payne
 2006 Bandidas
Bill Buck
 2005 Don't Come Knocking
Howard Spence
 2003 Blind Horizon
Sheriff Jack Kolb
 2002 Leo
 2000 All the Pretty Horses
J.C. Franklin
 2000 Hamlet
 1998 It All Came True
Will Dodge
 1997 The Only Thrill
Reece McHenry
 1994 Safe Passage
Patrick Singer
 1993 The Pelican Brief
Thomas Callahan
 1992 Thunderheart
Frank Coutelle
 1991 Defenseless
Det. Beutel
 1991 Voyager
Walter Faber
 1990 Bright Angel
 1986 Crimes of the Heart
Doc Porter
 1985 Fool for Love
 1984 Country
Gil Ivy
 1984 Paris, Texas (unconfirmed)
 1982 Frances
Harry York
 1981 Raggedy Man
 1980 Resurrection
 1978 Renaldo and Clara
 1970 Brand X
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His play, "True West", was performed at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois with John Malkovich in the cast. Directed by Gary Sinise. See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 2 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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The Holy Modal Rounders


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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There are places where writing is acting and acting is writing. I'm not so interested in the divisions. I'm interested in the way things cross over. See more »


Collaborated with Bob Dylan in writing the song "Brownsville Girl," which appeared on Dylan's 1986 album "Knocked Out Loaded." The eleven-minute song is considered by many to be a bright spot in what was otherwise a creative drought for Dylan from the late seventies to the early nineties. See more »



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