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SAM SHEPARD (Harlan Whitford) is an actor, screenwriter, director and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of the 1979 three-act play Buried Child. Shepard's numerous other plays include Angel City, Curse of the Starving Class, Killer's Head: A Monologue by Sam Shepard, 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 for 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, opposite Jessica Lange; and most notably, Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, for which he received an Academy Award® nomination. Shepard then reteamed with Lange in Country and Crimes of the Heart, and played the lead in his play Fool for Love, adapted by Robert Altman.

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.

His notable television film and miniseries credits include Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo, Hallmark Hall of Fame's Lily Dale, Purgatory, Dash and Lilly (for which he received Golden Globe and Emmy Award 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.

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; Jim Sheridan's Brothers, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman; Doug Liman's Fair Game, opposite Naomi Watts and Sean Penn; and Blackthorn, written and directed by Mateo Gil and starring Eduardo Noriega and Stephen Rea. Shepard's upcoming projects include the crime thriller Cogan's Trade; the Lawrence Kasdan-directed Darling Companion; the period drama Savannah; and Mud, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon.

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