Actor Sam Shepard Dead at 73

By Staff  |  07/31/2017

Sam Shepard

Actor Sam Shepard died over the weekend. He was 73 years old.

The Oscar-nominated actor passed away on Sunday (July 30) at his home in Kentucky. A family spokesperson told CNN that died of complications of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Throughout his career, Shepard wrote more than 40 plays, including the 1979 play "Buried Child", which he won a Pulitzer Prize for. The Broadway production of the drama was nominated for five Tony Awards in 1996.

He also received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in the 1983 astronaut drama, The Right Stuff.

Shepard is survived by three children and two sisters.