Remembering Sam Shepard…

Sam Shepard, Q&A

Yesterday was a tough day for lovers of cinema. First there was the passing of the wonderful Jeanne Moreau. Later we heard the news that the great playwright and actor Sam Shepard had died. Shepard penned over forty plays and appeared in over fifty films. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and has been nominated for an Academy Award. There was a gritty authenticity to most of Shepard’s roles and he made acting appear effortless. He was still working until recently when his health prohibited it. He passed away July 31 due to complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 73.

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“Days of Heaven”

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The Right Stuff”

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“Safe House”

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“Thunderheart”

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“Mud”

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“The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford”

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“Country”

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“Blackthorn”

 

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“Black Hawk Down”

 

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“Midnight Special”

 

 

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Remembering Sam Shepard…

  1. Ah man, this really sucks to hear. I loved Sam Shepard. Always so understated but you never once had trouble believing him in any number of roles. I think I was introduced to him via Mud so I haven’t really seen much of his earlier work (forgot about him being in Black Hawk Down).

    He will be dearly missed for sure. Man….

    • No doubt. You nailed it – always believable. Yep, he was in Black Hawk Down and (as usual) was perfectly cast). We rewatched Days of Heaven last night. You should definitely check it out. It’s early Terrence Malick.

      • Yeah, isn’t that the film that turned Malick’s career? Or am I thinking of something else. . .

      • Not exactly. His career has been such a wild one. It was his second movie, five years after his first. Here’s the strangest thing, after finishing Days of Heaven he left filmmaking for 20 years! He made his return in 98 with A Thin Red Line.

  2. While he was a phenomenal actor, I’ll always remember him best for writing Paris, Texas, which is easily one of the most poignant films I’ve ever seen. Such a tremendous talent.

    • I’m not sure how but I didn’t know he wrote Paris, Texas until I watched it last year as a BlindSpot. It was such a wonderful surprise to see his name attached.

  3. Sam Shepard is one of the greats. Not just as an actor but also a writer as I love the script he wrote for Paris, Texas which is one of my all-time favorite films. There’s another film of his that he wrote and starred in from one of his plays that I think is worth checking out. Fool for Love directed by Robert Altman in the 1980s. It’s a minor Altman film but a real gem.

    • I do like fool for Love. I still remember how surprised I was to hear he wrote Paris, Texas. It’s not a favorite of mine but the talent behind the script is unquestionable.

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