Awful day for the entertainment world today, first came the news of Jeanne Moreau's death and now it has been announced that Sam Shepard has died too. The legendary actor and playwright was 73 and had been suffering from ALS.
Hailed as the greatest American playwright of his generation, Shepard uniquely captured the offbeat nature of life on the outskirts of America in a series of blackly comic,poetic productions including Cowboy Mouth (which was a collaboration with his then lover Patti Smith), A Lie of the Mind and Buried Child. He also wrote for cinema too, shadowing Bob Dylan and his entourage for the experimental Renaldo and Clara and co-wrote the stone cold classic that is Paris, Texas for Wim Wenders.
Acting wise, Shepard made his debut in Terence Malick's Days of Heaven and was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff. Other film credits included Steel Magnolias, Baby Boom, All The Pretty Horses, Snow Falling On Cedars, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Blackthorn (as an aging and reclusive Butch Cassidy), August: Osage County, Mud and Cold In July.