Tributes from Hollywood and Broadway are pouring in after news broke that Oscar-nominated actor Sam Shepard died at the age of 73.
A family spokesperson confirmed to People magazine Monday that the actor had passed away at his home in Kentucky Thursday after complications from his battle with ALS.
Actress Ava DuVernay reacted on Twitter to the news sharing a shot of the two from the 1978 movie “Days of Heaven.” Jason Alexander wrote that “A great man of the theater has passed.”
“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,” DuVernay tweeted.
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. pic.twitter.com/DQc0fy7EqN
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 31, 2017
“A great man of the theater has passed. Thank you, Sam Shepard. RIP,” Alexander tweeted.
A great man of the theater has passed. Thank you, Sam Shepard. RIP.
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) July 31, 2017
Jeanne Moreau, Sam Shepard thank you for enlighten us at 24 frames per second. RIP pic.twitter.com/fPi6HTLnzp
— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) July 31, 2017
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.
— James Morrison (@JamesPMorrison) July 31, 2017
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
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) July 31, 2017
— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard is one of the greats. These eyes saw so much, and he wrote of what he saw with fearless, timeless honesty. RIP maestro. pic.twitter.com/pIY4FWxXtZ
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard was a towering figure in American theater and film. He indeed had “the right stuff.” His voice will truly be missed. https://t.co/gkkK8KHxum
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 31, 2017
First became a Sam Shepard fan as a playwright when I was in Buried Child @BU_SOT Tremendously talented actor as well. Gone too soon. RIP
— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) July 31, 2017
RIP Sam Shepard. Ride on, genius.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) July 31, 2017
Such sad news. https://t.co/Qei4QmoPup
— Owen Teague (@RealOwenTeague) July 31, 2017
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) July 31, 2017
R.I.P. Sam Shepard – cowboy poet dramatist of the American family shadow. A legend.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) July 31, 2017
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard, Patti Smith, NYC, 1971 pic.twitter.com/2czI5o5sTE
— John DeVore (@JohnDeVore) July 31, 2017
RIP Sam Shepard, too young. Loved acting in his stuff way back when I was a more actorly actor. So much fun. https://t.co/AqVkhbNX5e
— Bill Corbett (@BillCorbett) July 31, 2017
There’s gonna be a general lack of toast in the neighborhood this morning. Goodbye Sam Shepard.
— Thomas Lennon (@thomaslennon) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard has long been a hero of mine. A versatile artist with an unflinching style entirely his own. A renegade renaissance man. RIP.
— John Gallagher, Jr. (@JohnGallagherJr) July 31, 2017
And now Sam Shepard pic.twitter.com/vF85U6hNWM
— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) July 31, 2017
Rest n Peace Sam Shepard. A theatrical n literary giant who’s artistic voice will be missed n this troubled world.
— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) July 31, 2017
Rest with the angels, Sam Shepard. My condolences to all that loved him. https://t.co/EmkNymyohG
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 31, 2017
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) July 31, 2017