Sam Shepard (1943–2017)

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Sam Shepard was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, IL, 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 Duarte, CA.... See full bio »


(age 73) in Midway, Kentucky, USA

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »


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August: Osage County Beverly Weston
Black Hawk Down Garrison
The Right Stuff Chuck Yeager
Mud Tom


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 2017 Never Here
Paul Stark
 2015-2017 Bloodline (TV Series)
Robert Rayburn
- Part 32 (2017) ... Robert Rayburn (uncredited)
- Part 33 (2017) ... Robert Rayburn (voice, uncredited)
- Part 23 (2016) ... Robert Rayburn
- Part 5 (2015) ... Robert Rayburn
- Part 4 (2015) ... Robert Rayburn
 2016 In Dubious Battle
Mr. Anderson
 2016 Midnight Special
Calvin Meyer
 2015 Ithaca
Willie Grogan
 2014 Klondike (TV Mini-Series)
Father Judge
- Part 3, Chapter 6 (2014) ... Father Judge
- Part 3, Chapter 5 (2014) ... Father Judge
- Part 2, Chapter 4 (2014) ... Father Judge
- Part 2, Chapter 3 (2014) ... Father Judge
- Part 1, Chapter 2 (2014) ... Father Judge
 2014 Cold in July
 2013 Out of the Furnace
Gerald 'Red' Baze
 2013 August: Osage County
Beverly Weston
 2013 Savannah
Mr. Stubbs
 2012 Mud
 2012 Killing Them Softly
 2012 Safe House
Harlan Whitford
 2012 Darling Companion
Sheriff Morris
 2011 Blackthorn
 2010 Tough Trade (TV Movie)
 2010 Inhale
James Harrison
 2010/I Fair Game
Sam Plame
 2009/I Brothers
Hank Cahill
 2008 Felon
 2008 The Accidental Husband
 2007 Ruffian (TV Movie)
Frank Whiteley
 2006 Charlotte's Web
The Narrator (voice)
 2006/I The Return
Ed Mills
 2006 Walker Payne
 2006 Bandidas
Bill Buck
 2005 Stealth
Capt. George Cummings
 2005 Don't Come Knocking
Howard Spence
 2004 The Notebook
Frank Calhoun
 2003 Blind Horizon
Sheriff Jack Kolb
 2002 Leo
 2001 Black Hawk Down
 2001 Shot in the Heart (TV Movie)
Frank Gilmore, Sr.
 2001 Swordfish
Senator Reisman
 2001 After the Harvest (TV Movie)
Caleb Gare
 2001/I The Pledge
Eric Pollack
 2000 All the Pretty Horses
J.C. Franklin
 2000 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Kurosawa (2000) ... Narrator (voice)
 2000 One Kill (TV Movie)
Maj. Nelson Gray
 2000 Hamlet
 1999 Snow Falling on Cedars
Arthur Chambers
 1999 Dash and Lilly (TV Movie)
Dashiell Hammett
 1999 Purgatory (TV Movie)
Sheriff Forrest / Wild Bill Hickock
 1998 It All Came True
Will Dodge
 1997 The Only Thrill
Reece McHenry
 1996 Lily Dale (TV Movie)
Pete Davenport
 1995 Streets of Laredo (TV Mini-Series)
Pea Eye / Pea Eye Parker
- Episode #1.3 (1995) ... Pea Eye
- Episode #1.2 (1995) ... Pea Eye Parker
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Pea Eye
 1995 The Good Old Boys (TV Movie)
 1994 Safe Passage
 1993 The Pelican Brief
Thomas Callahan
 1992 Thunderheart
Frank Coutelle
 1991 Defenseless
Det. Beutel
 1991 Voyager
Walter Faber
 1990 Bright Angel
 1989 Steel Magnolias
Spud Jones
 1987 Baby Boom
Dr. Jeff Cooper
 1986 Crimes of the Heart
Doc Porter
 1985 Fool for Love
Eddie / May's half-brother
 1984 Country
Gil Ivy
 1983 The Right Stuff
Chuck Yeager
 1982 Frances
Harry York
 1981 Raggedy Man
 1980 Resurrection
 1978 Days of Heaven
The Farmer
 1978 Renaldo and Clara
 1970 Brand X
 1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Episode #2.5 (1968) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
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(2/22/02-4/7/02) Stage: Wrote "True West," performed in The Arena Stage production at the Kreeger Theater in Washington, DC. Howard Shalwitz was director. See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 2 Interviews | 17 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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You're still much more afraid of the audience, and yet, on the other hand, you desperately want to plunge into new territory. So every once in a while, the opportunity to make this leap gets handed to you. It's like jumping into cold water. See more »


Brandeis University presented him with the Creative Arts Medal in 1976. See more »



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