Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, playwright and actor who portrayed pilot, Chuck Yeager, in The Right Stuff.
Also a musician, he was the drummer for the rock band The Holy Modal Rounders in the late 1960s and their music was featured in the road movie, Easy Rider.
He received a Pulitzer Price in Drama for his play Buried Child in 1979.
Had one son in his fifteen year marriage to O-Lan Jones, and then later had two kids with actress Jessica Lange.
He starred in The Right Stuff with Dennis Quaid.