Celebs paid emotional tribute to Sam Shepard on Twitter after learning that the actor/playwright had died.
Some, like “The Blacklist” actor Ryan Eggold, credited Shepard for getting him interested in acting.
Sam Shepard's plays made me want to do this stuff. ?? pic.twitter.com/kggH0JLMo3— Ryan Eggold (@Ryan_Eggold) July 31, 2017
Others, like “Charmed” actress Alyssa Milano, were thinking of Shepard’s family.
Rest with the angels, Sam Shepard. My condolences to all that loved him. https://t.co/EmkNymyohG— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 31, 2017
Shepard, who died Sunday at 73 from complications related to Lou Gehrig’s disease, had a long and varied career, earning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play “Buried Child” and an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor in 1983 for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in “The Right Stuff.”
In between, there were a lot of plays and performances. For example, New Kid on the Block Donnie Wahlberg reminded us Monday that he’d appeared opposite Shepard in the 1999 TV movie “Purgatory.”
Here are a few more celebs sharing fond memories of Shepard:
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
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
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
R.I.P. Sam Shepard - cowboy poet dramatist of the American family shadow. A legend.— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) July 31, 2017