BroadwayWorld has just learned that playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director Sam Shepard has passed away.

Shepard is the author of forty-four plays as well as several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs.

Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child.

The latter performance earned Shepard an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

By 1986, his play Fool for Love was getting a film adaptation directed by Robert Altman, in which Shepard played the lead role; his play A Lie of the Mind was being performed Off-Broadway with an all-star cast; and Shepard was subsequently working steadily as a film actor – all of these achievements put him on the cover of Newsweek.

Throughout the years, Shepard has done a considerable amount of teaching on writing plays and other aspects of theatre.

Sam Shepard