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Sam Shepard

1943 - 2017

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Samuel Shepard Rogers III (November 5, 1943 – July 27, 2017) was an American actor, playwright, author, screenwriter, and director whose career spanned half a century. He won 10 Obie Awards for writing and directing, the most by any writer or director. He wrote 58 plays as well as several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sam Shepard has received more than 11,494,486 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Sam Shepard is the 839th most popular writer (up from 1,112th in 2019), the 974th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,272nd in 2019) and the 98th most popular American Writer.

Sam Shepard is an American playwright, actor, and author. He is most famous for his plays "Buried Child" and "True West."

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  • 11M

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  • 62.29

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  • 47

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.55

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.59

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Sam Shepard ranks 839 out of 5,755Before him are Madame Roland, Ian McEwan, Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Edgar Wallace, and Thomas Pynchon. After him are Matilde Camus, Theodore Beza, Odysseas Elytis, Antonio Tabucchi, Annie Ernaux, and L. Frank Baum.

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Among people born in 1943, Sam Shepard ranks 60Before him are Roy Andersson, Klaus von Klitzing, Hanna Schygulla, Mario Monti, Neale Donald Walsch, and Mario Botta. After him are Antonio Tabucchi, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, John Denver, and Eduard Limonov. Among people deceased in 2017, Sam Shepard ranks 46Before him are Malcolm Young, Liliane Bettencourt, Al Jarreau, Peter L. Berger, Adnan Khashoggi, and John Surtees. After him are Jean Rochefort, Emma Morano, Chester Bennington, Mauno Koivisto, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and Powers Boothe.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Sam Shepard ranks 974 out of 18,182Before him are Jeffrey Dahmer (1960), Richard E. Byrd (1888), Peggy Guggenheim (1898), Susan B. Anthony (1820), Virginia Apgar (1909), and Thomas Pynchon (1937). After him are James Horner (1953), Gena Rowlands (1930), Barbara Bush (1925), Paul Berg (1926), Robert A. Dahl (1915), and Benjamin Guggenheim (1865).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Sam Shepard ranks 98Before him are John Jacob Astor IV (1864), John Fante (1909), Virginia Satir (1916), Neale Donald Walsch (1943), Ambrose Bierce (1842), and Thomas Pynchon (1937). After him are L. Frank Baum (1856), Walter Lippmann (1889), Jean Webster (1876), Clifford D. Simak (1904), John Updike (1932), and John Grisham (1955).