On Monday morning, the world got word the legendary Sam Shepard had passed over the weekend at age 73 from ALS.
In addition to being great in movies like The Right Stuff, Black Hawk Down, and The Notebook, Sam was also a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright known for brutal human drama like True West.
His work on both the page and the screen inspired countless writers and actors, many of whom became stars in their own right.
See some of the most heartfelt reactions from both Hollywood and Broadway (below):
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
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
Oh MAN. #RIPSamShepard https://t.co/5RMcUMI4az
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 31, 2017
A great man of the theater has passed. Thank you, Sam Shepard. RIP.
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) July 31, 2017
R.I.P. Sam Shepard – cowboy poet dramatist of the American family shadow. A legend.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) 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
Rest with the angels, Sam Shepard. My condolences to all that loved him. https://t.co/EmkNymyohG
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) 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
Goodby to Sam Shepard, a true American icon of letters. “Is that a man?” “You’re damn right is is!”
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) 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
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
A hero of theatre. A hero of writing. A hero of acting. A hero of mine. Sam Shepard RIP.
— Nikolaj CosterWaldau (@nikolajcw) July 31, 2017
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) July 31, 2017
Paul just said “He left us a lot” about Sam Shepard. He’s right. 🖤
— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) July 31, 2017
Earlier this year I worked on Sam Shepard’s True West. His words and characters gave an actor countless gifts to play with.
He was a master.
— Ethan Embry (@EmbryEthan) July 31, 2017
And now Sam Shepard pic.twitter.com/vF85U6hNWM
— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) July 31, 2017
We lost a true legend today. One that created characters and stories beyond genius. RIP Sam Shepard. Truly one of the best.
— Corey Cott (@NapOnACott) July 31, 2017
Heartbroken…Sam Shepard has died. 2x @TheTonyAwards-nom’d playwright was an original voice and a theatre legend. https://t.co/D99L7zdXL4 pic.twitter.com/v1ykYi2Mzu
— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) July 31, 2017
“When you hit a wall — of your own imagined limitations — just kick it in.” Sam Shepard was a brilliant artist who gave us all so much. #RIP pic.twitter.com/4REeI4pUjw
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) July 31, 2017
“I think without writing I would feel completely useless.”
Sam Shepard — here with Wim Wenders — the screenwriter behind PARIS, TEXAS. pic.twitter.com/QJqnIMzRkN
— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) July 31, 2017
Sadly, Sam is just one of the latest fallen stars this year. Just this morning we also lost French New Wave actress Jeanne Moreau, star of Jules et Jim.
It’s been a tough year so far.
See who else we’ve had to say goodbye to this year…