Netflix’s Bloodline fans are saddened and shocked by the death of Sam Shepard. CNN reported the actor died from complications related to ALS last Thursday, July, 27, at his home in Kentucky. The Bloodline actor was 73 years old.
Talented, Handsome Author and Actor
Sam Shepard’s heartbroken fans remember him as a solid actor, author, and playwright who wrote more than 40 plays and several books. Hollywood Reporter‘s David Rooney calls him the ‘Voice of the American West.’
Sam Shepard was introduced to younger audiences when he took on the role of father and patriarch, Robert Rayburn, in 2015’s Bloodline, a popular Netflix series. It was his last role on camera.
— Ben-Mendelsohn.com (@MendelsohnCom) July 31, 2017
Sam Shepard Fans Didn’t Know He Had ALS
Throughout his career as an actor, stepping into the role of father came easily to Sam Shepard. He was believable, and he brought an assured calmness to his roles.
Bloodline fans say they had no idea Sam Shepard secretly battled ALS ( amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Some speculate it could be the reason producers decided to let his character die during Bloodline’s first season. And though Sam Shepard was 73-years old, ‘Bloodliners’ say he still had more stories to tell.
Actor Jeff Olson said he was delighted to have the chance to work with Sam Shepard on Bloodline’s first season, stating Shepard was “really a true perfectionist and a real gentleman to me. We will surely miss him.”
In addition to Bloodline, Sam Shepard is known for 2004’s The Notebook and 1987’s Baby Boom.
[Main Image by Bloodline/Facebook]