Sam Shepard, the celebrated avant-garde playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, died at his residence in Kentucky on Thursday of problems from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s illness, a spokesman for the Shepard household introduced on Monday. He was seventy three.
Some of the essential and influential early writers within the Off Broadway motion, Mr. Shepard captured and chronicled the darker sides of American household life in performs like “Buried Youngster,” which gained the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1979, and “Curse of the Ravenous Class” and “A Lie of the Thoughts.”
Shepard was a recognizable determine round Northern New Mexico for many years, having owned property close to Santa Fe.
He was extensively considered one of the crucial unique voices of his era, profitable reward from critics for his searing portraits of spouses, siblings and lovers battling problems with id, failure and the fleeting nature of the American dream. He was nominated for 2 different Pulitzers, for “True West” and “Idiot for Love,” which each acquired Broadway productions.
Mr. Shepard was additionally an completed actor, nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting position in “The Proper Stuff.” His most up-to-date work was within the Netflix present “Bloodline,” the place he appeared because the character of Robert Rayburn. He additionally appeared on New York levels, profitable robust evaluations for his efficiency within the Off Broadway manufacturing of Caryl Churchill’s “A Quantity” in 2004.
Working at Off Broadway landmarks like La MaMa and Caffe Cino, Mr. Shepard virtually instantly acquired essential acclaim upon embarking on his profession, profitable Obie Awards for “Chicago” and “Icarus’s Mom” in 1965 after which “Pink Cross” and “La Turista” in 1966. He would win seven extra.