November 5, 1943 – July 27, 2017 (age 73)
Cause of Death: Complications from ALS

Actor Sam Shepard got his first big break in Terrence Malick’s second film “Days Of Heaven,” where he played the Farmer. His next major performance, in Philip Kaufman’s Academy Award winning “The Right Stuff” would earn him a Best Supporting Actor nomination that year’s Oscars, which he lost to Jack Nicholson in “Terms Of Endearment.” His career featured roles in “Black Hawk Down,” “The Pledge,” “Swordfish,” “Safe House,” “August: Osage County,” and my personal favorite of his starring roles, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” He would play an aged version of Butch Cassidy in “Blackthorn” and would have a seven episode run on the Netflix series “Bloodline.” Shepard was also an excellent writer and author of about 44 plays, one which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979, a play titled “Buried Child.” Although he has passed, his legacy in words and pictures will always live on.


1984 The Right Stuff
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor


1970 Brand X
1978 Renaldo And Clara
Rodeo (also co-writer)
1978 Days Of Heaven
The Farmer
1980 The Resurrection
Cal Carpenter
1981 Raggedy Man
1982 Frances
Harry York
1983 The Right Stuff
Chuck Yeager
1984 Country
Gilbert “Gil” Ivy
1985 Fool For Love
Eddie (also writer)
1986 Crimes Of The Heart
Doc Porter
1987 Baby Boom
Dr. Jeff Cooper
1989 Steel Magnolias
Spud Jones
1990 Bright Angel
1991 Voyager
Walter Faber
1991 Defenseless
Detective Beutel
1992 Thunderheart Frank Coutelle
1993 The Pelican Brief
Thomas Callahan
1994 Safe Passage
Patrick Singer
1997 The Only Thrill
Reece McHenry
1998 Curtain Call
Will Dodge
1999 Snow Falling On Cedars
Arthur Chambers
2000 Hamlet Ghost
2000 All The Pretty Horses
J.C. Franklin
2001 The Pledge
Eric Pollack
2001 Swordfish
James Reisman
2001 Black Hawk Down
William F. Garrison
2002 Leo Vic
2003 Blind Horizon
Sheriff Jack Kolb
2004 The Notebook
Frank Calhoun
2005 Don’t Come Knocking
Howard Spence (also co-writer)
2005 Stealth George Cummings
2006 Bandidas Bill Buck
2006 Walker Payne
2006 The Return
Ed Mills
2006 Charlotte’s Web
Narrator (voice)
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Frank James
2008 The Accidental Husband
Wilder Lloyd
2008 Felon
Gordon Camrose
2009 Brothers
Hank Cahill
2010 Fair Game
Sam Plame
2010 Inhale James Harrison
2011 Blackthorn Butch Cassidy
2012 Darling Companion
Sheriff Morris
2012 Safe House
Harlan Whitford
2012 Killing Them Softly
2012 Mud Tom Blankenship
2013 Savannah
Mr. Stubbs
2013 August: Osage County
Beverly Weston
2013 Out Of The Furnace
Gerald “Red” Baze
2014 Cold In July
Ben Russell
2015 Ithaca
Willie Grogan
2016 Midnight Special
Calvin Meyer
2016 In Dubious Battle
Mr. Anderson
2017 Never Here
Paul Stark


1995 The Good Old Boys
Tarnell Television movie
1996 Lily Dale
Pete Davenport Television movie
1999 Streets Of Laredo
Pea Eye Parker Television mini-series (3 Episodes)
1999 Purgatory Sheriff Forrest / Wild Bill Hickok Television movie
1999 Dash And Lilly
Dashiell Hammett Television movie
2000 One Kill
Major Nelson Gray Television movie
2000 Great Performances
Narrator (voice) Episode: “Kurosawa”
2001 After The Harvest
Caleb Gare Television movie
2001 Shot In The Heart
Frank Gilmore, Sr. Television movie
2007 Ruffian
Frank Whiteley Television movie
2010 Tough Trade
n/a Episode: “Pilot”
2014 Klondike Father Judge 6 Episodes
2015-2017 Bloodline
Robert Rayburn 7 Episodes

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