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Biography #2 (for The Notebook)

Sam Shepard is an actor, screenwriter, director and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright for his 1979 three-act play Buried Child. Shepard's numerous other plays have included Angel City, Curse of the Starving Class, Killer's Head, Action, The Mad Dog Blues, Cowboy Mouth and The Rock Garden.

One of the writers of Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriski Point, he later won critical acclaim for his original screenplay of Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas.

As an actor, Shepard debuted in Bob Dylan's Renaldo and Clara, followed by a number of strong appearances in Days of Heaven, Resurrection, Raggedy Man, opposite Jessica Lange in Frances, and as astronaut Chuck Yaeger in The Right Stuff, which brought him an Academy Award nomination. He re-teamed with Lange in Country and Crimes of the Heart, and played the lead role in Robert Altman's adaptation of Shepard's play Fool For Love. Other 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 and the upcoming Leo.

Shepard's notable television films and mini-series include: Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo, Lily Dale, Purgatory, Dash and Lilly, for which he received both Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his performance as writer Dashiell Hammett, One Kill and Wild Geese.

Shepard directed the features Far North and Silent Tongue, both of which he also wrote.

Bio courtesy New Line Cinema for "The Notebook" (27-Jun-2004)

Biography #3

Sam Shepard has worked in virtually every medium, including film, television and the stage.

As an actor, Shepard's film credits include an Oscar-nominated performance in The Right Stuff, as well as All The Pretty Horses, Swordfish, Hamlet, Snow Falling On Cedars, Safe Passage, The Pelican Brief, Steel Magnolias, Baby Boom, Crimes of the Heart, Fool For Love, Paris, Texas, Country, Frances and Days of Heaven.

On television, he has starred in Dash & Lilly, for which he received an Emmy nomination as Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie; Purgatory, one of the highest-rated films on TNT; Lily Dale; The Good Old Boys; and Streets of Laredo.

Shepard's writing credits include numerous acclaimed and award-winning plays, such as Buried Child, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979; Simpatico; True West; Curse of the Starving Class; and Fool For Love. In his newest play, The Late Henry Moss, which recently opened in San Francisco, Shepard directs Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson, Cheech Marin, and James Gammon. His feature film screenplays are Far North, Fool For Love, Paris, Texas, Zabriskie Point and Me and My Brother.

As a film director, Shepard has helmed Silent Tongue and Far North.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)