Social Roundup: Broadway and Hollywood React to Sam Shepard's Passing
BroadwayWorld was saddened to previously first report the passing of playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director Sam Shepard. Shepard, who had been ill with ALS for some time, died peacefully on July 27 at his home in Kentucky, surrounded by his children and sisters. He was 73 years old.
Survivors include his children, Jesse, Hannah and Walker Shepard, and his sisters, Sandy and Roxanne Rogers.
"The family requests privacy at this difficult time," said the spokesman for the family, Chris Boneau.
Funeral arrangements remain private. Plans for a public memorial have not yet been determined.
Following the announcement of his passing, stars from Broadway, Hollywood, and other industry notables took to social media to pay tribute to Shepard.
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Sad. RIP Sam Shepard. One of the greatest to ever do it. Was a big inspiration for me when I was a theater student and later as a filmmaker. pic.twitter.com/Lry8M8wmic Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard on America, writing, human nature & how his work evolved. Michiko Kakutani (@michikokakutani) July 31, 2017
My 1984 interview with the great playwright: https://t.co/cCWs5QOsRj
I had the honor of playing Sam Shepard's son in one of my first films. He was a class act whose work profoundly influenced me & the world. Paul Wesley (@paulwesley) July 31, 2017
Very sorry to hear the news of the passing of Sam Shepard. Some of the best times for me in the https://t.co/7XNjfaeTUk Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) July 31, 2017
Thank you, Sam Shepard, for all you shared with the theater and world. pic.twitter.com/784CV1Oslk The A.R.T. (@americanrep) July 31, 2017
RIP Sam Shepard. The characters you created is what made me fall in love with acting. One of the greatest of all time. Casey Cott (@CaseyCott) July 31, 2017
So sad to hear about Sam Shepard passing. A truly original actor and an incredible writer. Sending love to his family. ??#RIP Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard's work was loved by theatergoers, cowboys, rock stars, hippies, Hollywood, literati, and fans of The Notebook. So, everyone. Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard. Brilliant and layered at his craft. And how I remember his nights verbally sparring with William Hurt at Columbus Bar. RIP. pic.twitter.com/9JWE8k9a8v Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) July 31, 2017
The first collection of plays I bought was by Sam Sheppard, and he has since been a huge inspiration for me as a writer. You'll be missed. ?? https://t.co/NiKhupmSFh Tommy Dorfman (@tommydorfman) July 31, 2017
Rest n Peace Sam Shepard. A theatrical n literary giant who's artistic voice will be missed n this troubled world. David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) July 31, 2017
Literally bumped into Sam Shepard many years ago, both of us on our way to see Pillow Man on Broadway. We had a great chat/walk. #hero RIP Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) July 31, 2017
A great man of the theater has passed. Thank you, Sam Shepard. RIP. jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) July 31, 2017
RIP Sam Shepard. Ride on, genius. marc maron (@marcmaron) July 31, 2017
Jeanne Moreau, Sam Shepard thank you for enlighten us at 24 frames per second. RIP pic.twitter.com/fPi6HTLnzp Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) July 31, 2017
Such sad news. https://t.co/Qei4QmoPup Owen Teague (@RealOwenTeague) July 31, 2017
A hero of theatre. A hero of writing. A hero of acting. A hero of mine. Sam Shepard RIP. Nikolaj CosterWaldau (@nikolajcw) July 31, 2017
God no! Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard is one of the greats. These eyes saw so much, and he wrote of what he saw with fearless, timeless honesty. RIP maestro. pic.twitter.com/pIY4FWxXtZ Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) July 31, 2017
RIP Sam Shepard, too young. Loved acting in his stuff way back when I was a more actorly actor. So much fun. https://t.co/AqVkhbNX5e Bill Corbett (@BillCorbett) July 31, 2017
And now Sam Shepard pic.twitter.com/vF85U6hNWM Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) July 31, 2017
There's gonna be a general lack of toast in the neighborhood this morning. Goodbye Sam Shepard. Thomas Lennon (@thomaslennon) July 31, 2017
I had the privilege of working with Sam Shepard when I was very young. I remember a very giving a generous man. Sad to see him go. pic.twitter.com/TNpgPnviBT Jesse Lee Soffer (@jesseleesoffer) July 31, 2017
R.I.P. Sam Shepard - cowboy poet dramatist of the American family shadow. A legend. RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) July 31, 2017
RIP Sam Shepard. A true hero is gone. I'll always be thankful for his reality, his honesty, his art. Condolences to his family. ?? pic.twitter.com/YUOmewDHvS Sasha Grey (@SashaGrey) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard!!! NO. Not acceptable. He made me, he made all of us, want to be better, deeper, more imaginative, more terrifying on the page Sarah Treem (@SarahTreem) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard has long been a hero of mine. A versatile artist with an unflinching style entirely his own. A renegade renaissance man. RIP. John Gallagher, Jr. (@JohnGallagherJr) July 31, 2017
Our hearts are heavy with the news of Sam Shepards passing this morning. Well miss you, Sam. pic.twitter.com/sJ4MklrNpW Signature Theatre (@SignatureTheatr) July 31, 2017
sam shepard, LEGEND. rest in peace. Wesley Taylor (@WesTayTay) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard was a towering figure in American theater and film. He indeed had "the right stuff." His voice will truly be missed. https://t.co/gkkK8KHxum George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 31, 2017
Icon. Legend. ?? Rodney Hicks (@RodneyHicksnow) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Actor, Is Dead at 73 https://t.co/khTXdCw4I5
RIP Sam Shepard, an indelible beauty and a brilliant playwright. https://t.co/snRMRK0wNe emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard wrote 44 plays. In addition to everything else. 44 plays. Oh, that everyone in the world could contribute half as much. Andrew Briedis (@AndrewBriedis) July 31, 2017
We lost a true legend today. One that created characters and stories beyond genius. RIP Sam Shepard. Truly one of the best. Corey Cott (@NapOnACott) July 31, 2017
I hate endings. Just detest them. Beginnings are definitely the most exciting, middles are perplexing & endings are a disaster - Sam Shepard westendproducer (@westendproducer) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard. Whenever he came on-screen, you knew you were in good hands. A frame from "Days of Heaven." May he rest in love. pic.twitter.com/DQc0fy7EqN Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 31, 2017
RIP Sam Shepard. We understand this ugly world a little bit better because of you. pic.twitter.com/3QnTw5ZK63 Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) July 31, 2017