Yesterday I heard the news that actor and playwright Sam Shepard had passed away. Initially, I didn’t recognize the name, but then I remembered that Shepard played the role of Chuck Yeager in the awesome movie The Right Stuff (1983). I watched that movie so many times growing up (I was obsessed with NASA) and it just won’t be the same now that he’s gone.
I actually had no idea that Shepard was also an award-winning playwright. In 1979 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Buried Child. His plays span 50 years, from 1964 to 2014. He died at his home in Kentucky due to complications from ALS. Rest in peace sir, you are missed.