Actor (stage and screen), playwright, and director Sam Shepard has died at the age of 73, according to Broadway World. Shepard was a prolific writer, penning forty-four plays and several books during his career.
He won numerous awards during his life, including a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for the play Buried Child. Shepard was also nominated for an Academy Award for the role of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff in 1983. New York magazine once called him “the greatest American playwright of his generation.”