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Actor, Playwright Sam Shepard Dies

Associated Press

Sam Shepard, a playwright, actor and director, has reportedly died at the age of 73, due to complications from ALS.  He passed away Thursday at his home in Woodford County, surrounded by family.

Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983). He also received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child.

The veteran actor was well-known for his roles in Black Hawk Down, Swordfish, Mud, Bloodline, August: Osage County, The Notebook, The Pelican Brief and Steel Magnolias.

He is survived by three children and two sisters.