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Sam Shepard
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Birth Name: Samuel Shepard Rogers III
Birthdate: November 5, 1943
Birthplace: Fort Sheridan, IL.
Occupations: Actor, Director, Writer, Musician
Quote: "I still haven't gotten over this thing of walking down the street and somebody recognizing you because you've been in a movie. There's this illusion that movie stars only exist in the movies. And to see one live is like seeing a leopard let out of the zoo." --Sam Shepard, in New York Times, November 13, 1994
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Claim to Fame: 1979: Received Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Buried Child

Significant Other(s):
Wife: O-Lan Jones (aka O-lan Johnson Dark), actress; married November 9, 1969; divorced 1984; mother of Shepard's oldest son, Jesse Mojo
Patti Smith, singer; together in 1970-71; collaborated on Cowboy Mouth
Jessica Lange, actress; began relationship while filming Frances (1982); mother of Shepard's two younger children

Family:
Father: Samuel Shepard Rogers, U.S. Army officer; born February 3, 1917; died in a fire in 1984 at age 67
Mother: Jane Elaine Rogers (nèe Schook), born July 16, 1917
Sister: Roxanne Rogers (aka Deedee Rogers); younger
Sister: Sandy Rogers
Son: Jesse Mojo Shepard; born May 1970; mother, O-Lan Jones
Daughter: Hannah Jane Shepard; born 1985; mother, Jessica Lange
Son: Samuel Walker Shepard; born June 14, 1987 in Virginia; mother, Jessica Lange

Biography
Sam Shepard emerged as a leading American playwright in the late 1960s and early 70s with a number of powerful dramas which reworked American mythology, especially that of the "Old West". He contributed to the screenplay of Michelangelo Antonioni's interesting, if poorly receieved, "Zabriskie Point" (1970) and scripted Wim Wenders' atmospheric American odyssey "Paris, Texas" (1984). Tall and lanky, with weathered good looks, he made his first film appearance in Bob Dylan's "Renaldo and Clara" (1978) and went on to establish himself as an able supporting and lead player, notably in Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven" (1978), as the legendary Chuck Yeager in an Oscar-nominated turn in "The Right Stuff" (1983) and as Eddy in Robert Altman's film adaptation of his play "Fool for Love" (1985). 5 Shepard made his directorial debut with the elliptical drama, "Far North" (1988), which he also wrote. In the years following, Shepard was utilized in supporting roles in box-office smashes like "Steel Magnolias" (1989) and "The Pelican Brief" (1993) to confer his brand of American authenticity and plain-spoken glamour to the proceedings. He also directed and scripted the metaphysical Western "Silent Tongue" (1993), which featured Alan Bates and the late River Phoenix. Formerly married to actress O-Lan Jones, Shepard has been romantically involved with Jessica Lange since they co-starred together in 1982's "Frances".

Filmography
The Pledge (2001)
Swordfish (2001)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Kurosawa (2001)
After the Harvest (2001)
Hamlet (2000)
One Kill (2000)
All the Pretty Horses (2000)
Purgatory (1999)
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
Simpatico (1999)
Dash and Lilly (1999)
The Only Thrill (1997)
Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself (1997)
Lily Dale (1996)
The Good Old Boys (1995)
Streets Of Laredo (1995)
Silent Tongue (1994)
Safe Passage (1994)
Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Thunderheart (1992)
Bright Angel (1991)
Defenseless (1991)
Voyager (1991)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
Far North (1988)
Baby Boom (1987)
Crimes of the Heart (1986)
True West (1986)
Fool for Love (1985)
Country (1984)
Paris, Texas (1983)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Frances (1982)
Raggedy Man (1981)
Resurrection (1980)
Days of Heaven (1978)
Renaldo and Clara (1978)
Oh! Calcutta! (1972)
Zabriskie Point (1970)
Bronco Bullfrog (1970)
Me and My Brother (1968)

Awards:
1965-66: OBIE Award: Distinguished Play, Chicago, Icarus's Mother and Red Cross; three plays cited
1966-67: OBIE Award: Distinguished Play, La Turista
1967-68: OBIE Award: Distinguished Play, Forensic and the Navigators and Melodrama Play; part of a series called Six from La Mama; two plays cited
1972-73: OBIE Award: Distinguished Play, The Tooth of Crime
1974-75: OBIE Award: Playwriting, Action
1976: National Institute of Arts and Letters Award
1976-77: OBIE Award: Best New American Play, Curse of the Starving Class
1978-79: OBIE Award: Playwriting, Buried Child
1979: Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Buried Child
1979-80: OBIE Award: Sustained Achievement
1983-84: OBIE Award: Best New American Play, Fool for Love
1983-84: OBIE Award: Direction, Fool for Love
1986: Drama Desk Award: Outstanding New Play, A Lie of the Mind
1986: New York Drama Critics Circle Award: Best New Play, A Lie of the Mind

Education:
Lincoln Elementary School in South Pasadena, CA
Duarte High School in Duarte, CA (1961)
Mount San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, CA

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