Pulitzer Prize-winning writer 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.
He had one son during his fifteen year marriage to O-Lan Jones. He later had two kids with actress Jessica Lange.
He starred in The Right Stuff alongside Dennis Quaid.