The name Sam Shepard needs no introduction in the circles of media and entertainment. He is one among the elite clique of the entertainment industry. He is well-known for his talent as a playwriter and an actor. His talent garnered the appreciation of the masses and critiques. One of the most noteworthy recognitions of his work is the Pulitzer Prize for his work in "Buried child" (1978). This iconic achiever who is an inspiration for the younger generations has breathed his last at his age of seventy-three. He died at his home in Kentucky due to complications from Lou Gehrig's disease, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Sam Shepard's medal of achievements as a playwriter

The talent of Sam Shepard as a playwriter needs no explanation. Born in 1943, at Fort Sheridan, in just thirty years of his life he became a noteworthy playwriter by authoring "The Tooth of Crime" in 1973. He gave the audience a fresh breath through his work, which was different and new at that time and age. His works that are seminal dramatic were well-received among the audience and the critiques.

In the year 1978, Sam Shepard's play "Buried Child" earned him the sophisticated Pulitzer Prize. The recognition of the Pulitzer Prize made his work famous and well-sought after. Following his highly recognized work, he has given us many remarkable plays such as:

  • "Curse of the Starving Class" (1978)
  • "True West" (1980)
  • "A Lie of the Mind" (1985)

The above titles are remarkable works of Sam Shepard that still garners the admiration and the respect of many experts.

The other side of the iconic playwriter, Sam Shepard the actor

It is said that those who pursue things more than one, cannot become a true expert. The statement is made false in the case Sam Shepard. This prominent playwriter is equally recognized for his talent in acting. He was considered as a very intense actor. On the silver screen, he appeared taciturn, yet also emotional and powerful.

He became a notable actor through his work in the movie "The Right Stuff" (1983). His acting skills were recognized at the highest pedestal in the movie industry and he was nominated for the Academy Award for his role in the movie. Few notable mentions of his movies:

  • "Days of the Heaven" (1979)
  • "Paris, Texas" (1984)
  • "August: Osage County" (2013)

It is sad that a path-breaking talent such as Sam Shepard is with us no more. However, the contributions he made as an exceptional playwriter and an actor will live on and keep inspiring the generations to come.