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  • Sam Shepard

    Born on May 11, 1943 in Fort Sheridan, Illinois

awards & nominations

August: Osage County (2013)

Sam Shepard as "Beverly Weston"

The death and funeral of their father brings three sisters to the home of their mother, Violet (Meryl Streep), an acid-tongued, pill-popping cancer patient. Daughters Barbara (Julia Roberts), Karen (Juliette Lewis) and Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) -- along with their significant others and various other kin -- take the full brunt of their dysfunctional matriarch's venom, for Violet tells every one of them exactly what she thinks of them. Based on the play by Tracy Letts.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Right Stuff (1983)

Sam Shepard as "Capt/Col. Chuck Yeager, Test Pilot"

This adaptation of the non-fiction novel by Tom Wolfe chronicles the first 15 years of America's space program. By focusing on the lives of the Mercury astronauts, including John Glenn (Ed Harris) and Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn), the film recounts the dangers and frustrations experienced by those involved with NASA's earliest achievements. It also depicts their family lives and the personal crises they endured during an era of great political turmoil and technological innovation.

Academy Award (1983) Nominated Best Supporting Actor

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