Shepard wrote over forty-four plays and won a Pulitzer for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. In 1983, Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.
Regarded as “the greatest American playwright of his generation,” Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009. He is survived by his children Jesse, Hannah and Walker Shepard, and sisters Sandy and Roxanne Rogers.
Shepard was seventy-three.