Sam Shepard Dead: Playwright & Actor Dies at 73

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Sam Shepard has died at the age of 73.

Playwright, actor and director Sam Shepard has died at the age of 73, BroadwayWorld reports.

Details about his death, including how he died, have not yet been released.

Shepard, born November 5, 1943, authored 45 plays, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child in 1979. He also wrote several books and short stories, along with appearing as an actor in dozens of movies, including The Right Stuff, which earned him an Academy Award nomination in 1983 for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager.

“Shepard’s plays are chiefly known for their bleak, poetic, often surrealist elements, black humor and rootless characters living on the outskirts of American society,” BroadwayWorld writes.