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Monday, July 31, 2017

Sam Shepard Dies At 73

Above, Chuck Yeager and Sam Shepard.

A couple of nights ago, I was in the mood to watch The Right Stuff (1983), that was based on Tom Wolfe's book on the Project Mercury program. (The movie skipped the X-15 program that was a big part of the book.)

While watching it, I marveled at the ease Sam Shepard played test pilot Chuck Yeager and thought that I hadn't seen him in anything lately. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his Yeager performance.

Sadly, I received my answer this morning.

Fox News reported:
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Sam Shepard, died at his Kentucky home Thursday, Fox News learned Monday. He was 73. 
A family spokesperson told us the Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, died from complications related to Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 
The taciturn Shepard, who grew up on a California ranch, was a man of few words who nevertheless produced 44 plays and numerous books, memoirs and short stories. He was one of the most influential playwrights of his generation: a plain-spoken poet of the modern frontier, both lyrical and rugged.

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