Celebrities react to Sam Shepard’s death

Sam Shepard at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2005.
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Sam Shepard at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2005.

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.

Others, like “Charmed” actress Alyssa Milano, were thinking of Shepard’s family.


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.”

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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:

Thank you for inspiring many generations of actors and playwrights. Rest Mr. Shepard. Well done. #samshepard

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