Hollywood Remembers Sam Shepard: ‘All the Best Plays Are Sam Shepard Plays’

Actor James Morrison tweeted that “everyone who ever met him or worked with him… is going to share their Sam Shepard story,” and he was right

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Hollywood took to Twitter to pay respects to actor and playwright Sam Shepard, who passed away on July 27 due to complications of ALS.

Shepard had a long and illustrious career in theater, television and film. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play, “Buried Child,” and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1983’s “The Right Stuff.” Overall he wrote more than 40 plays, appeared in more than 50 films, in addition to numerous TV roles and published fiction.

Actor James Morrison tweeted out what to expect from Twitter on Monday as news spreads about Shepard’s passing. “Everyone who ever met him or worked with him even for a minute is going to share their Sam Shepard story and it’s going to be fantastic,” he wrote.

Morrison was correct. People took to Twitter to pay their respects even if they hadn’t gotten the chance to work with him. Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca said that “we understand this ugly world a little bit better because of you” while actor Bill Corbett said that his energy too theater into another direction. “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon said Shepard was “one of the greats.” And actress Azita Ghanizada, who worked with Shepard on the television pilot “Tough Trade,” said the “real cowboy” “waxed poetic about everything.”

Check out some of the other reactions below.