H'wood pays tribute to actor, playwright Sam Shepard

| Updated: Aug 01, 2017 08:03 IST

New Delhi [India], August 1 (ANI): Sam Shepard, the legendary Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist, died on Thursday from complications from the ALS. After hearing the tragic news, fellow Hollywood actors took to the social media and posted heartfelt messages, reflecting on Shepard's impact on them and the entertainment industry. From Antonio Banderas and Ethan Hawke to George Takei and Don Cheadle, reactions from Shepard's peers were quick to pour in after the news broke. Hollywood veteran Antonio Banderas, took to Twitter and wrote, "Jeanne Moreau, Sam Shepard thank you for enlighten us at 24 frames per second. RIP." <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jeanne Moreau, Sam Shepard thank you for enlighten us at 24 frames per second. RIP <a href="https://t.co/fPi6HTLnzp">pic.twitter.com/fPi6HTLnzp</a></p>&mdash; Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) <a href="https://twitter.com/antoniobanderas/status/892048525839798272">July 31, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Actor Ethan Hawke, who co-starred with Shepard in 'Snow Falling on Cedars' (1999) and 'Hamlet' (2000), issued a statement which read, "He was a poet of the first order. I've acted in many of his plays and directed "A Lie of the Mind." He played my father twice on film. Some days he could be irascible. At other times he could be profoundly wise and kind. He was the writer any serious American actor of my generation cut their teeth on. It is a gross understatement to say, he will be missed." Don Cheadle, the 52-year-old actor also paid homage to the late actor by writing, "Literally bumped into Sam Shepard many years ago, both of us on our way to see Pillow Man on Broadway. We had a great chat/walk. #hero RIP." <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Literally bumped into Sam Shepard many years ago, both of us on our way to see Pillow Man on Broadway. We had a great chat/walk. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hero?src=hash">#hero</a> RIP</p>&mdash; Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) <a href="https://twitter.com/DonCheadle/status/892054138363629568">July 31, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "Sam Shepard was a towering figure in American theater and film. He indeed had "the right stuff." His voice will truly be missed," tweeted George Takei. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sam Shepard was a towering figure in American theater and film. He indeed had &quot;the right stuff.&quot; His voice will truly be missed. <a href="https://t.co/gkkK8KHxum">https://t.co/gkkK8KHxum</a></p>&mdash; George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) <a href="https://twitter.com/GeorgeTakei/status/892049348598607872">July 31, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Ava DuVernay, director of 'Selma', wrote, "Sam Shepard. Whenever he came on-screen, you knew you were in good hands. A frame from "Days of Heaven." May he rest in love." <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sam Shepard. Whenever he came on-screen, you knew you were in good hands. A frame from &quot;Days of Heaven.&quot; May he rest in love. <a href="https://t.co/DQc0fy7EqN">pic.twitter.com/DQc0fy7EqN</a></p>&mdash; Ava DuVernay (@ava) <a href="https://twitter.com/ava/status/892053860965011456">July 31, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Other celebrities who paid homage to the late actor were: <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A hero of theatre. A hero of writing. A hero of acting. A hero of mine. Sam Shepard RIP.</p>&mdash; Nikolaj CosterWaldau (@nikolajcw) <a href="https://twitter.com/nikolajcw/status/892047222740832257">July 31, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rest with the angels, Sam Shepard. My condolences to all that loved him. <a href="https://t.co/EmkNymyohG">https://t.co/EmkNymyohG</a></p>&mdash; Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) <a href="https://twitter.com/Alyssa_Milano/status/892044576395022336">July 31, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RIP mr shephard !!! Your voice will be heard for eternity. In my thoughts and prayers <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/samshephard?src=hash">#samshephard</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/poet?src=hash">#poet</a></p>&mdash; Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) <a href="https://twitter.com/Renner4Real/status/892071486361669632">July 31, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> The playwright and actor passed away at his home in Kentucky and was with his family at the time of his death. He was 73. The multi-dimensional talent, who most recently appeared on Netflix's Bloodline, received an Academy Award nomination as best supporting actor for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in 1983's 'The Right Stuff' and won the 1979 drama Pulitzer Prize with his play 'Buried Child'. The plans for a public memorial have not yet been determined and funeral arrangements remain private, the family announced on Monday. He is survived by his children, Jesse, Hannah and Walker Shepard, and his sisters, Sandy and Roxanne Rogers. (ANI)

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