>> Actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard has died. The 73-year-old legend of stage and screen penned dozens of plays and appeared in even more films. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1983 movie The Right Stuff.>> Takes a special kind of man to volunteer for a suicide mission, especially when it's on TV.
>> His other films include August: Osage County, Black Hawk Down, and Steel Magnolias. Widely regarded as one of the most important playwrights of his generation, Shepard's plays include Buried Child, for which he won a Pulitzer in 1979. True West, Curse of the Starving Class, Fool for Love, and Cowboy Mouth, on which he collaborated with another legend, Patty Smith.
He was also a screen writer, co-writing the Wim Wenders classic, Paris, Texas. A family spokesman telling Reuters, Shepard died of complications from ALS at his home in Kentucky.