The Desert Sun
September 29, 2016
Shepard "Shep" Sanders passed away on September 14th, 2016 in Palm Springs, CA at the age of 88. He was born in Chicago, Illinois to parents Edward Seltzer and Rose Seltzer, and had two brothers, Michael and Dan. At the early age of 15, he forged his birth certificate so he could join the Navy during WW2. After the War, he used the money from his G.I. Bill to move to Los Angeles and begin his acting career, but due to the blacklist during the McCarthy Era, he had to change his name from Sherwin Seltzer to Shepard Sanders.
After traveling the world and shooting films, including Kelly's Heroes and The Sand Pebbles, he and his wife Tianne Sanders bought a home in Palm Springs in the early 60's, where they settled down and started a family. In his later years, Shep worked at Michael's House, where he found comfort in healing and helping people up until shortly before his death. Proceeded in death by his daughter Kim Sanders, and grandson Christopher Finkle. He is survived by honorable friends and close family, including his wife Tianne Sanders, daughter Trinza Sanders, son-in-law John Trad, and grandchildren Taylor Ann Trad, Jarrod Michael Trad, and Jonathan Bashar Trad. We will be holding a memorial on Saturday, October 1st from 12:00-2:30PM at Insight Community of the Desert (1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262). Anyone is welcome.
SANDERS, Shepard (Sherwin Seltzer)
Born: 1928, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 9/14/2016, Palm Spring, California, U.S.A.
Shepard Sander’s westerns – actor:
U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1960 (Joey Curtis)
Here Come the Brides (TV) – 1970 (Petrus)
Cade’s County (TV) – 1971 (officer)
Bret Maverick (TV) – 1982 (Jackson)