Sam Shepard, author of 44 plays, books of short stories and memoirs, died at 73 from complications of ALS. Shepard, known as a versatile actor and director as well as a top writer, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1979 for the play Buried Child.
According to the New York Times, Shepard was “One of the most important and influential writers of his generation.”
He was best known for his role as the young Chuck Yeager in the film “The Right Stuff,” for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actor, in 1983. He also won six Obe Awards for his off-broadway work.
Shepard’s acting roles were gritty and masculine, his plays dark and populated by characters struggling in families at the margins of society.
Watch a clip of Sam Shepard as Test Pilot Chuck Yeager:
Alan Thicke, the writer, composer and actor who’s best known for his portrayal of Jason Seaver, the work-at-home psychiatrist and caring father, on the 80s sitcom “Growing Pains”, died this week, at 69. He passed away suddenly from a heart attack while playing ice hockey with his 19-year-old son. His role on Growing Pains won him the love and admiration of countless fans.
But this wasn’t his only claim to fame. Thicke was multi-talented, and composed several theme songs, including the theme for “Diff’rent Strokes,” another iconic sitcom. As a veteran performer, he’d worked in the entertainment industry for over 5 decades, playing many parts on television over the years, sometimes playing himself, in addition to his work on Growing Pains. On a personal note, friends and family remember his kindness, generosity, and real-life skill as a father.