Sam Shepard has died age 73

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Sam Shepard, a prolific playwright and actor has died from a long battle with ALS the disease that killed Lou Gehrig. Set in an old IL farmhouse, where the alcoholic patriarch is on his deathbed, it reflected Shepard's own children and relationship with his father.

Spokesperson Chris Boneau told THR, "The family requests privacy at this hard time". Chris Boneau further added that "The family requests privacy at this hard time" and that the funeral arrangements will be private.

Shepard was an influential playwright in the Off Broadway movement, winning a Pulitzer in 1979 for his play Buried Child.

From Antonio Banderas and Ethan Hawke to George Takei and Don Cheadle, reactions from Shepard's peers were quick to pour in after the news broke.

The author of 44 plays, Shepard was a part of the off-off Broadway scene as far back as the mid 1960s and won six Obie Awards between 1966 and 1968.




Working at Off Broadway landmarks like La MaMa and Caffe Cino, Mr. Shepard nearly immediately received critical acclaim upon embarking on his career, winning Obie Awards for "Chicago" and "Icarus's Mother" in 1965 and then "Red Cross" and "La Turista" in 1966.

His first major acting role was in Terrence Malik's Days of Heaven in 1978, in which he starred alongside Richard Gere. Over the decades, Shepard also worked extensively as a teacher, teaching theater and writing.

The Hollywood star also has son Jesse from his marriage to actress O-Lan Jones.

Samuel Shepard Rogers III had over four dozen film roles to his credit, and received an Oscar nod for playing Chuck Yeager in 1983's The Right Stuff.

Funeral arrangements remain private, according to the family statement. Plans for a public memorial have not been determined. In 1985 he won the Drama Desk Award for A Lie of The Mind and in 1996 Buried Child was nominated for a Tiny Award as was True West in 2000.

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