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SAM SHEPARD (Sam Plame) is an actor, screenwriter, director and Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright (for his 1979 three-act play "Buried Child”). Shepard's numerous other plays include "Angel City,” "Curse of the Starving Class,” "Killer's Head,” "The Mad Dog Blues,” "Cowboy Mouth,” "The Rock Garden,” "True West,” "The God of Hell” and "Fool for Love.” In 1970, Shepard co-wrote Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point and later won critical acclaim for his original screenplay of Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas.

As an actor, Shepard made his film debut in Bob Dylan's Renaldo and Clara and went on to impress critics that same year in Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, starring alongside Richard Gere. A number of strong appearances followed, including Resurrection, Raggedy Man, Frances and most notably, his role in Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, which brought Shepard an Academy Award® nomination. Shepard then reteamed with Frances' Jessica Lange in Country and Crimes of the Heart. He played the lead in Robert Altman's adaptation of his own play, Fool for Love.

Shepard's other notable film credits include Baby Boom, Steel Magnolias, Defenseless, Thunderheart, Bright Angel, Voyager, The Pelican Brief, Snow Falling on Cedars, Hamlet, All the Pretty Horses, The Pledge, Swordfish, Black Hawk Down, The Notebook, Stealth, Bandidas, Don't Come Knocking, The Return and Walker Payne.

Shepard's notable television credits include Larry McMurtry's "Streets of Laredo,” "Lily Dale,” "Purgatory,” "Dash and Lilly” (which brought him both Golden Globe® and Emmy® nominations for his performance as writer Dashiell Hammett), "One Kill,” "Wild Geese” and "Ruffian.”

Shepard also wrote and directed the features Far North and Silent Tongue. Most recently, he was seen in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, opposite Brad Pitt; The Accidental Husband, directed by Griffin Dunne; Felon, opposite Val Kilmer; Inhale, with Dermot Mulroney and Diane Kruger; and Brothers, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman, directed by Jim Sheridan. His upcoming projects include Blackthorn, written and directed by Mateo Gil, opposite Eduardo Noriega and Stephen Rea.

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