Sam Shepard, the Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who premiered many of his greatest works at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, died on Thursday, July 27 at his home in Kentucky.While he first started writing Off-Off-Broadway and Off-Broadway in the 1960s, many of his most enduring plays premiered at the Magic Theatre, where he was playwright in residence for a decade beginning in 1975, including three of his quintet of family plays: “Buried Child” (1978), which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1979; “True West” (1980) and “Fool for Love” (1985), which starred Ed Harris and Kathy Baker.“It’s not just that he was prolific, but let’s face it, he wrote across all mediums equally beautifully,” — that includes the screenplay for “Paris, Texas,” which won the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, and collections of short stories and poems as well as longer fiction.With a rangy build and rugged good looks, which were somehow only enhanced by his very uneven teeth, Shepard was a natural in macho Hollywood roles that were much like the cowboys and drifters he created in his plays.The American Dream doesn’t figure in to their consciousness; if they strive for anything, it’s often to run away from or return to lovers and kin — his men, in particular, are always embarking on sweeping road trips, much like the peripatetic Mr. Shepard himself.Families are blood tribes, them against the rest of the world, their destinies sealed together by shared secrets and shames, by mysterious supernatural forces that feel as ancient as the land itself.Samuel Shepard Rogers III was born on November 5, 1943, in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, to a mother who was a teacher and a father who was a pilot in World War II, a Rhodes Scholar and an abusive alcoholic — a relationship that would fuel much of his son’s writing.
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