Sam Shepard Net Worth

Sam Shepard Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Samuel Shepard Rogers net worth is
$8 Million

Samuel Shepard Rogers Wiki Biography

Samuel Shepard Rogers III was born on 5 November 1943, in Ford Sheridan, Illinois USA, and is a screenwriter, director, author, actor, and playwright, best known for authoring over 44 plays. He’s also written other projects, but notably won a Pulitzer Prize for his play “Buried Child”. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Sam Shepard? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $8 million, mostly earned through his success both on and off camera. He’s been nominated for an Academy Award for his work in “The Right Stuff”, and has been called “the greatest American playwright of his generation”. All of these have ensured the position of his wealth.

Sam Shepard Net Worth $8 million

In his teens, Shepard worked on a ranch, and attended Duarte (California) High School. After matriculating, he attended Mt. San Antonio College, studying agriculture before deciding to leave school and join a touring repertory group called the Bishop’s Company.

Sam persevered trying his hand at theatre, and would make appearances in several Off-Off-Broadway productions, his efforts in stage plays proved fruitful, winning him six Oble Awards from 1966 to 1968. This elevated his status as a potential screenwriter, and then he started to work on “Me and My Brother”. Some of his early works include “La Turista”, “Oh! Calcutta!” and “Indian War Whoop”. He tried writing various genres, working on the science fiction “The Unseen Hand” and the stage musical “The Rocky Horror Show”, but he decided to abandon the production of “Cowboy Mouth” after the opening night, and went to the University of California, Davis to work as a Regents’ Professor of Drama. He continued to improve his writing during this time and eventually became the playwright-in-residence at the Magic Theatre. His net worth was well advanced.

During his time there, he would produce many well-known works including “Buried Child” which would win him a Pulitzer Prize. Other projects he worked on include “A Lie of the Mind”, “Fool for Love” and “True West”. He was gaining popularity as one of the best playwrights of the time and would continue working on several more productions. In 1978, he tried his hand at an acting career in “Days of Heaven” opposite Richard Gere, and this would lead to more acting projects including “Resurrection” and “The Right Stuff” which would earn him an Academy Award nomination. He continued working both as an actor and playwright, gaining recognition in both careers.

While improving upon his career, Sam would occasionally teach and conduct seminars on theatre. He would continue to write noteworthy plays such as “The Late Henry Moss”, and would appear in the film “Black Hawk Down” which was a box office hit. Among his latest projects are a revival of “A Lie of the Mind” and “Ages of the Moon”. He has released a collection called “Day out of Days: Stories” too, which features a lot of his written work over the years.

For his personal life, it is known that Sam was married to actress O-Lan Jones from 1969 to 1984 and they have a son. In 1970, he had an affair with Patti Smith but it ended after a year. After his marriage to Jones, he met actress Jessica Lange and moved in with her in 1983. They lived together for nearly 30 years and had two children, but separated in 2009.

Full NameSam Shepard
Net Worth$8 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 5, 1943
DiedApril 6, 1970, Columbus, Ohio, United States
Place Of BirthFort Sheridan, Illinois, U.S.
Height6' 2" (1.88 m)
EducationDuarte High School, Mt. San Antonio College
SpouseO-Lan Jones (m. 1969–1984)
ChildrenHannah Jane Shepard, Samuel Walker Shepard, Jesse Mojo Shepard
ParentsSamuel Shepard Rogers, Jr., Jane Elaine Schook
SiblingsRoxanne Rogers, Sandy Rogers
PartnerJessica Lange
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Drama, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Obie Award for Best New American Play, Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada, Obie Award for Direction, Obie Award for Playwriting, American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal ...
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Play, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Virgin Atlantic Best New Play, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, ...
MoviesBlackthorn, The Right Stuff, Days of Heaven, Black Hawk Down, August: Osage County, Mud, Don't Come Knocking, Paris, Texas, Cold in July, Thunderheart, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Notebook, Baby Boom, Midnight Special, Safe House, Out of the Furnace, The Pelican B...
TV ShowsStreets of Laredo, Bloodline
1[on Harry Dean Stanton] He is one of those actors who knows that his face is the story.
2I didn't go out of my way to get into this movie stuff. I think of myself as a writer.
3It's one of the great tragedies of our contemporary life in America, that families fall apart. Almost everybody has that in common.
4You're still much more afraid of the audience, and yet, on the other hand, you desperately want to plunge into new territory. So every once in a while, the opportunity to make this leap gets handed to you. It's like jumping into cold water.
5Hollywood is geared toward teenage idiocy.
6I'm not in demand. I'm all washed up.
7There are places where writing is acting and acting is writing. I'm not so interested in the divisions. I'm interested in the way things cross over.
8Don't you find it kind of self-indulgent for actors to go around writing parts for themselves?
9I was different on drugs - crystal Methedrine, which had more of an edge. When you walked down the street, your heels made sparks.
10[on working in films] "It's all about narcissism. Terrence Malick called it 'sanctioned vanity'. Everything is attended to. Would you like some Perrier? Anything we can do? May we throw ourselves on the ground in front of you? This unbelievable barrage of indulgence".
11"The people the critics write for aren't important to me. As far as I'm concerned, Broadway just doesn't exist." Quoted in the August, 1970 issue of Playboy (page 19).
12Personality is everything that's false in a human, everything that's been added on to him and contrived.
13Collaboration - that's the word producers use. That means, don't forget to kiss ass from beginning to end.
1He played Ethan Hawke's father in both Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) and Hamlet (2000).
2His play, "Simpatico" at the A Red Orchid Theater in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2013 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Midsize Play Production.
3His sister Sandy Rogers is a composer and a musician.
4His sister Roxanne Rogers, a stage director, graduated in 1978 from Antioch.
5He's the oldest of three children. Has two sisters named Sandy Rogers and Roxanne Rogers.
6Worked in a ranch in Chino between 1958 and 1960.
7Moved to New York in 1963.
8Was a member of the rock band Holy Modal Rounders (1968-1971).
9Plays drums and guitar.
10Lived in England between 1971 and 1973.
11He rodeo-ed in E.M. Fredric's hometown, Salinas, California. "Steinbeck" country.
12Son of Jane Elaine (Schook) Rogers (b. 1917) and Samuel Shepard Rogers (died in 1984), both teachers.
13He did the rodeo circuit, riding broncs and bulls.
14Collaborated with Bob Dylan in writing the song "Brownsville Girl," which appeared on Dylan's 1986 album "Knocked Out Loaded." The eleven-minute song is considered by many to be a bright spot in what was otherwise a creative drought for Dylan from the late seventies to the early nineties.
15By the time he was 30, he had already written 30 produced plays in New York.
16Born in Illinois and grew up in California.
17Has twice been nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as author of a Best Play nominee: in 1996 for "Buried Child" and in 2000 for "True West."
18Lived with Jessica Lange and their children outside of Stillwater, Minnesota.
19He wrote the 1971 play "Cowboy Mouth" with girlfriend Patti Smith and played in the very first production the role of Slim (with Smith in the role of Cavale). It is the only time he has played one of his own characters. Just before the second night's performance, Shepard was so disturbed about the experience of playing Slim, he abandoned the role without a word to anyone and left town. He has always had a fear of live audiences.
20Was the drummer for late 1960s bands "Lothar and the Hand People" and "The Holy Modal Rounders" per a short interview in the August, 1970 issue of Playboy (the former confirmed by the interviewer, who was at the Astor Place Theater in NYC to see a twin-bill of the then-26-year-old Shepard's plays, "The Unseen Hand" and "Forensic and the Navigators") and encountered Shepard drumming away in the lobby with Lothar et al.
21Has a son named Jesse Mojo Shepard (May 1970) from his marriage to O-Lan Jones and two children, Hannah Jane Shepard (January 13, 1986) and Samuel Walker Shepard (June 14, 1987), from his longtime relationship with Jessica Lange.
22Suffers from fear of flying.
23Lived with Jessica Lange from 1982 to 2009.
24Won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "Buried Child" and was nominated for the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "True West" and the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "Fool for Love".


You Were Never Here2017post-productionPaul Stark
In Dubious Battle2016Mr. Anderson
Bloodline2015-2016TV SeriesRobert Rayburn
Midnight Special2016Calvin Meyer
Ithaca2015Willie Grogan
Klondike2014TV Mini-SeriesFather Judge
Cold in July2014Russel
Out of the Furnace2013Gerald 'Red' Baze
August: Osage County2013Beverly Weston
Savannah2013Mr. Stubbs
Killing Them Softly2012Dillon
Safe House2012Harlan Whitford
Darling Companion2012Sheriff Morris
Tough Trade2010TV Movie
Inhale2010James Harrison
Fair Game2010/ISam Plame
Brothers2009/IHank Cahill
The Accidental Husband2008Wilder
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford2007Frank James
Ruffian2007TV MovieFrank Whiteley
Charlotte's Web2006The Narrator (voice)
The Return2006/IEd Mills
Walker Payne2006Syrus
Bandidas2006Bill Buck
Stealth2005Capt. George Cummings
Don't Come Knocking2005Howard Spence
The Notebook2004Frank Calhoun
Blind Horizon2003Sheriff Jack Kolb
Black Hawk Down2001Garrison
Shot in the Heart2001TV MovieFrank Gilmore, Sr.
Swordfish2001Senator Reisman
After the Harvest2001TV MovieCaleb Gare
The Pledge2001/IEric Pollack
All the Pretty Horses2000J.C. Franklin
Great Performances2000TV SeriesNarrator
One Kill2000TV MovieMaj. Nelson Gray
Snow Falling on Cedars1999Arthur Chambers
Streets of Laredo1999TV Mini-SeriesPea Eye Pea Eye Parker
Dash and Lilly1999TV MovieDashiell Hammett
Purgatory1999TV MovieSheriff Forrest / Wild Bill Hickock
It All Came True1998Will Dodge
The Only Thrill1997Reece McHenry
Lily Dale1996TV MoviePete Davenport
The Good Old Boys1995TV MovieTarnell
Safe Passage1994Patrick Singer
The Pelican Brief1993Thomas Callahan
Thunderheart1992Frank Coutelle
Defenseless1991Det. Beutel
Voyager1991Walter Faber
Bright Angel1990Jack
Steel Magnolias1989Spud Jones
Baby Boom1987Dr. Jeff Cooper
Crimes of the Heart1986Doc Porter
Fool for Love1985Eddie
Country1984Gil Ivy
Paris, Texas1984unconfirmed
The Right Stuff1983Chuck Yeager
Frances1982Harry York
Raggedy Man1981Bailey
Days of Heaven1978The Farmer
Renaldo and Clara1978Rodeo
Brand X1970


Fool for Love2015Short
Fool for Love2007Short writer
Don't Come Knocking2005screenplay / story
See You in My Dreams2004TV Movie from stories in Cruising Paradise and Motel Chronicles
True West2002TV Movie play
Simpatico1999original play
Pazzo d'amore1996TV Movie play
O Verdadeiro Oeste1995TV Movie play
Curse of the Starving Class1994from the stage play by
Silent Tongue1993writer
Loucos Por Amor1991TV Movie play
Autèntic oest1991TV Movie play
Far North1988written by
Den sultende klasses forbannelse1986TV Movie
Fool for Love1985play / screenplay
Paris, Texas1984written by
American Playhouse1984TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tongues1982Video short
Renaldo and Clara1978writer
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1974TV Series 1 episode
Oh! Calcutta!1972contributions
Zabriskie Point1970screenplay
Me and My Brother1969writer


Blackthorn2011"Take Your Burden to the Lord" / performer: "Ain't No Grave", "Sam Hall", "Take Your Burden to the Lord", "Wayfaring Stranger"
Don't Come Knocking2005writer: "God's in the Kitchen"
Shabatot VeHagim2003TV Series performer - 1 episode


Silent Tongue1993
Far North1988


All Things Shining2012inspirational thanks
Loot2008Documentary thanks
Fitzcarraldo1982special thanks


California Typewriter2016DocumentaryHimself
Gold Rush: The Dirt2014TV SeriesHimself
Mud: Southern Authenticity: Shooting the Real Arkansas2013ShortHimself
A Personal Tale: Writing and Directing MUD2013Video shortHimself
The Arkansas Ensemble the Distinctive Characters and Cast of Mud2013ShortHimself
The Presence of Joseph Chaikin2012Documentary
Shepard & Dark2012Documentary
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction2012DocumentaryHimself
Jim Sheridan: Film and Family2010Video shortHimself
Re-Made in the USA: How Brodre Became Brothers2010Video shortHimself
Play On, John: A Life in Music2009DocumentaryNarrator
P.O.V.2009TV Series documentary
One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur2008DocumentaryHimself
Patti Smith: Dream of Life2008DocumentaryHimself
Wanderlust2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose2006DocumentaryHimself
Going Places2006DocumentaryHimself
Harnessing Speed2005Video documentaryHimself
Joe Chaikin's Life in the Theatre2004Video documentaryHimself
This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs the Late Henry Moss2003DocumentaryHimself
The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down'2002Video documentaryHimself
Rosy-Fingered Dawn: a Film on Terrence Malick2002DocumentaryHimself
Swordfish: In Conversation2001Video documentary shortHimself
Spotlight on Location: Snow Falling on Cedars2000TV Movie documentaryHimself / Interviewee
Great Performances1998TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Arena1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Cinefile: Made in the USA1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder1986TV Special documentaryHimself
The 58th Annual Academy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Laugh-In1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer

Won Awards

2014Robert Altman AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsMud (2012)
2013Capri Ensemble Cast AwardCapri, HollywoodAugust: Osage County (2013)
2013Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble of the YearAugust: Osage County (2013)
2013NFCS AwardNevada Film Critics SocietyBest Ensemble CastAugust: Osage County (2013)
2000Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTelevision Feature FilmPurgatory (1999)
1997Lone Star Film & Television AwardLone Star Film & Television AwardsBest TV Supporting ActorHallmark Hall of Fame (1951)

Nominated Awards

2014Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastAugust: Osage County (2013)
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureAugust: Osage County (2013)
2014Seattle Film Critics AwardSeattle Film Critics AwardsBest Ensemble CastAugust: Osage County (2013)
2013PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleAugust: Osage County (2013)
2013WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleAugust: Osage County (2013)
2012CEC AwardCinema Writers Circle Awards, SpainBest Actor (Mejor Actor)Blackthorn (2011)
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesRuffian (2007)
2002PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleBlack Hawk Down (2001)
2000Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionDash and Lilly (1999)
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieDash and Lilly (1999)
1993Tokyo Grand PrixTokyo International Film FestivalSilent Tongue (1993)
1985BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedParis, Texas (1984)
1984OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Right Stuff (1983)

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