/ : Sean Penn /


Birthdate: August 17, 1960
Birthplace: Burbank, CA
Occupations: Actor, Director
Quote: "One of the reasons people sell out so quickly is because even the talented think they're frauds. It's a culture that doesn't encourage people to believe in the work they do. You're told to second-guess yourself all the time. That's where I think a little hostility and arrogance can save you. And I've never been lacking for either." --USA Today, January 22, 1999
 
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Claim to Fame: Portrayed perpetually-stoned surfer Jeff Spicoli in Amy Heckerling's Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Significant Other(s):
Fiancée: Elizabeth McGovern, actress; engaged 1983; separated 1984
Susan Sarandon, actress; dated briefly 1984
Wife: Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone (aka Madonna), actress, singer; married August 16, 1985; divorced 1989
Jewel Kilcher (aka Jewel): singer; born 1974
Wife: Robin Wright Penn, actress; married April 27, 1996

Family:
Father: Leo Penn, director, actor; blacklisted during the 1950s; died September 5, 1998
Mother: Eileen Ryan, actress
Brother: Christopher Penn, actor
Brother: Michael Penn, musician, actor
Daughter: Dylan Francis Penn; born April 13, 1991; mother, Robin Wright Penn
Son: Hopper Jack Penn; born August 6, 1993; mother, Robin Wright Penn; named after Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson

Biography
This intense, volatile American actor has appeared in film and on stage since the early 1980s. Described by THE NEW YORK TIMES as "both a human tempest and an actor of sizable gifts," Penn is at least as well-known for his brief but highly publicized marriage to pop phenomenon Madonna and his battles with the entertainment press as for his impressive body of work as an actor. He made his film debut providing strong support as Timothy Hutton's more level-headed roommate in "Taps" (1981), a sleeper drama about cadets who take over their military academy. America took notice with his hilarious yet finely nuanced portrayal of the perpetually stoned surfer Jeff Spicoli in Amy Heckerling's superior teen comedy, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982). While only in a supporting role, Penn emerged as a future star and went on to establish himself as one of Hollywood's finest actors, easily shifting genres while alternating between starring and character roles.

Filmography
Actor
"Taps" (1981)
"Hellinger's Law" (1981)
"The Killing of Randy Webster" (1981)
"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982)
"Summerspell" (1983)
"Bad Boys" (1983)
"Crackers" (1984)
"Racing with the Moon" (1984)
"The Falcon and the Snowman" (1984)
"At Close Range" (1986)
"Shanghai Surprise" (1986)
"Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam" (1987)
"Judgment in Berlin" (1988)
"Colors" (1988)
"Cool Blue" (1988)
"We're No Angels" (1989)
"Casualties of War" (1989)
"State of Grace" (1990)
"Schneeweissrosenrot" (1991)
"The Last Party" (1993)
"Carlito's Way" (1993)
"Dead Man Walking" (1996) (Oscar nomination, best actor)
"Loved" (1997)
"Hugo Pool" (1997)
"She's So Lovely" (1997)
"The Game" (1997)
"U-Turn" (1997)
"Hurlyburly" (1998)
"The Thin Red Line" (1999)
"Being John Malkovich (1999)
"Sweet and Lowdown (1999) (Oscar nomination, best actor)
"Before Night Falls" (2000)
"I Am Sam" (2001) (Oscar nomination, best actor)

Director
"The Indian Runner" (1991)
"The Crossing Guard" (1995) "The Pledge" (2001)

Writer
"The Indian Runner" (1991)
"The Crossing Guard" (1995)
"Hurlyburly" (1998)

Awards:
1983: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: New Generation Prize
1995: Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear: Best Actor, Dead Man Walking
1995: Independent Spirit: Best Actor, Dead Man Walking
1997: Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor, She's So Lovely
1998: Venice Film Festival: Best Actor, Hurly Burly

Factoids:
Formed Clyde Is Hungry Productions (1993)

Education:
Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, California, studied auto mechanics and speech, left after one quarter
Studied acting with Peggy Feury
Group Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles, California

 


 

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