Ten fun facts about Sam Shepard


Fact 1
In addition to being a talented actor and director, Sam Shepard is also a recognized author of essays, short stories and an established playwright. At age 30 he had already written 30 plays that were later produced in New York.

Fact 2
His play, “Buried Child” won him the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Fact 3
Although, Sam has an extreme fear of flying he agreed to take on the role of legendary pilot Chuck Yeager in the 1983 movie, “The Right Stuff”. In preparation for the role, he accompanied Chuck Yeager on a jet flight that Chuck piloted.


Fact 4
His role as pilot Chuck Yeager in that movie earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Fact 5
He is a keen drummer and in the late 1960’s, he moonlighted as a drummer in two bands. These bands were “Lothar and the Hand People” and “The Holy Modal Rounders”.

Fact 6
Prior to becoming an actor and well-respected playwright was a rodeo rider.

Fact 7
When he first arrived in New York, he took up a job as a bus boy at a nightclub called The Village Gate.

Fact 8
He worked alongside Bob Dylan in writing “Brownsville Girl”. This song later appeared on the album “Knocked Out Loaded”. This song is considered to be one of the more “cheerful” songs that Dylan performed.

Fact 9
Sam’s father was farmer and teacher who served as a bomber pilot in the US Air force during World War II.

Fact 10
Sam Shephard appeared in a play that he wrote alongside his then girlfriend Patti Smith. However, after one night on stage he abandoned the project. The reason he gave was his extreme fear of live audiences.


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