Chris Penn Biography

Birthday: 1965-10-10
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Chris Penn was a well known actor, belonging to a family whose roots were set in the production of movies. Although his life ended before his time, Penn racked up an impressive number of performances in his career, in films now treasured as classics. Born on October 10, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, Penn's parents both worked in film. His father Leo Penn was an actor-turned-director, and his mother Eileen Ryan was an actress. The youngest of three brothers, (the other two being Michael Penn and Sean Penn) Penn set out to follow in his parents' footsteps. He started acting at age 12 in the Loft Studio. While in high school, he and his brother Sean made several shorts with their classmates, which included such would-be stars as Emilio Estevez and Rob Lowe. Penn made his onscreen debut in the Christopher Cain movie, Charlie and the Talking Buzzard (1979). After a few years, Penn caught the eye of acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola, who cast him in a supporting role in the teen drama Rumble Fish (1983). Although the film was a flop critically and commercially, Penn's career was well under way. That same year, he acted in All the Right Moves (1983), a high school drama film starring a young Tom Cruise. The next year, Penn gave a performance in Footloose (1984), starring Kevin Bacon and dealing with a small town which bans rock & roll music. The movie was a smash hit, and remains a classic to this day. Penn followed this up with a villainous role in Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider (1985), and the crime movie At Close Range (1986), starring Christopher Walken. Penn acted in a few smaller productions until he was cast as Travis Brickley in the sports drama Best of the Best (1989). Penn's character is a martial arts fighter who joins the other main characters when they enter a taekwondo tournament against the Korean team. The movie spawned several sequels, though Penn only appeared in the first and second films. A few more jobs followed, until Penn landed what is known as his most famous movie: Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992). The indie crime film concerned a heist gone wrong, as the criminals search for a rat in their midst. Penn played the role of Nice Guy Eddie, the son of the old gangster that arranges the heist. The film continues to receive acclaim as a classic movie, and started Tarantino's directing career. Penn also acted in the Tarantino-scripted Tony Scott crime movie True Romance (1993), albeit in a much smaller role. Penn also took a supporting role in the ensemble film Short Cuts (1993) by Robert Altman. After participating in these acclaimed films, Penn took on several smaller projects, including a role as the villain in the second "Beethoven" movie. In this period of time, Penn acted in such films as the crime film Mulholland Falls (1996), set in the 1950s. Penn then gave one of his greatest performances in the Abel Ferrara crime drama The Funeral (1996). The movie starred Christopher Walken, Penn, and Vincent Gallo as three brothers who are involved in the world of crime, even as it threatens to take them all down. Penn plays Chez, the middle brother, who has a very short temper. Penn also sang a song in the film as his character. While the film was well received critically, and Penn received an award for Best Supporting Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his excellent performance, The Funeral (1996) went largely unseen. Penn followed up with the Canadian film The Boys Club (1997), the crime thriller One Tough Cop (1998), and a supporting role in the hit comedy Rush Hour (1998). Following his latest success, Penn acted in the drama-comedy The Florentine (1999), the English comedy Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) (2001), and the crime thriller Murder by Numbers (2002). Penn was also one of the many stars that acted in the box office failure Masked and Anonymous (2003), starring Bob Dylan. The last few years of his career mainly featured supporting roles in such movies as After the Sunset (2004), Starsky & Hutch (2004), and the Canadian crime film King of Sorrow (2007), his last film appearance. Throughout his life, Penn had had battles with heart disease and multiple drug use. He was found dead in his home on January 24, 2006. He was only forty years old. Penn left behind a career that featured many roles in small, independent productions as well as several very well known films. Penn had worked with several esteemed directors and fellow actors, lending his talent to both television and film. Although he never received nearly as much attention or awards as his brother Sean, Chris Penn will always be remembered by those who watch movies and appreciate his work.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Starsky & Hutch Manetti 1976 - 1977 Comedy
All The Right Moves Brian 1983 Drama
AFP: American Fighter Pilot 2002 Reality Tv
The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H. Waylon Shaw 2003 - 2003
Starsky and Hutch Manetti 2004 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Rumble Fish B.J. Jackson 1983 Comedy, 0
All the Right Moves 1983 Drama, Romance, Sport
Footloose Willard Hewitt 1984 Biography
The Wild Life 1984 Comedy, Drama
Pale Rider Josh LaHood 1985 Action
At Close Range 1986 Comedy, 0
Fist of the North Star Jackal 1986 Drama, 0, Sport, Game Show
Made in U.S.A. Tuck 1988 Drama
Return from the River Kwai Lieutenant Crawford 1989 Drama
Best of the Best Travis Brickley 1989 Action, Drama, Sport
Future Kick Bang 1991 Action
Reservoir Dogs Nice Guy Eddie Cabot 1992 Game Show, Comedy, 0
Best of the Best 2 Travis Brickley 1993 Action, Crime, Drama
The Pickle Gregory Stone 1993 Comedy, Drama
The Music of Chance 1993 Drama
Short Cuts Jerry Kaiser 1993 Comedy, Drama
Josh and S.A.M. Derek Baxter 1993 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Imaginary Crimes Jarvis 1994
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar 1995 Comedy
Under the Hula Moon Turk Dickson 1995 Action, Comedy
Mulholland Falls Arthur Relyea 1996 Game Show, Comedy
The Funeral Chez 1996 Comedy, 0
Sacred Cargo Vince Kanevsky 1996 Thriller
The Boys Club Luke Cooper 1997 Drama, Thriller, Crime
Rush Hour Clive 1998 Game Show, 0, 0
Deceiver Braxton 1998 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Papertrail FBI Agent Jason Enola 1998 Crime, Drama, Thriller
One Tough Cop Duke Finnerly 1998 Action, Crime
Cement Bill Holt 1999
The Florentine Bobby 1999
Corky Romano Peter Romano 2001 0, 0
Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Bubba 2001 Comedy, Thriller
Stealing Harvard David Loach 2002 0, 0, 0
Murder by Numbers 2002 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Masked and Anonymous 2003
Shelter Island Sheriff Deluca 2003 Thriller
After the Sunset 2004 0, 0, Comedy
The Darwin Awards Tom 2006 Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Holly Freddie 2013
Thank God for Chris Penn Himself 2016 Music