Sean Penn Biography

Birthday: 1960-08-17
Place of Birth: Santa Monica, California USA
Height: 5' 9½" (1.77 m)
Wiki Biography: Powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints, California-born Sean Penn is the second son of actress Eileen Ryan & director Leo Penn, also brother of Chris Penn. He first appeared in roles as strong-headed or unruly youths such as the military cadet defending his academy against closure in Taps (1981), then as fast-talking surfer stoner Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Fans and critics were enthused about his obvious talent and he next contributed a stellar performance alongside Timothy Hutton in the Cold War spy thriller The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), followed by a teaming with icy Christopher Walken in the chilling At Close Range (1986). The youthful Sean then paired up with his then wife, pop diva Madonna in the woeful, and painful, Shanghai Surprise (1986), which was savaged by the critics, but Sean bounced back with a great job as a hot-headed young cop in Colors (1988), gave another searing performance as a US soldier in Vietnam committing atrocities in Casualties of War (1989) and appeared alongside Robert De Niro in the uneven comedy We're No Angels (1989). However, the 1990s was the decade in which Sean really got noticed by critics as a mature, versatile and accomplished actor, with a string of dynamic performances in first-class films. Almost unrecognisable with frizzy hair and thin rimmed glasses, Penn was simply brilliant as corrupt lawyer David Kleinfeld in the Brian De Palma gangster movie Carlito's Way (1993) and he was still in trouble with authority as a Death Row inmate pleading with a caring nun to save his life in Dead Man Walking (1995), for which he received his first Oscar nomination. Sean then played the brother of wealthy Michael Douglas, involving him in a mind-snapping scheme in The Game (1997) and also landed the lead role of Sgt. Eddie Walsh in the star-studded anti-war film The Thin Red Line (1998), before finishing the 1990s playing an offbeat jazz musician (and scoring another Oscar nomination) in Sweet and Lowdown (1999). The gifted and versatile Sean had also moved into directing, with the quirky but interesting The Indian Runner (1991), about two brothers with vastly opposing views on life, and in 1995 he directed Jack Nicholson in The Crossing Guard (1995). Both films received overall positive reviews from critics. Moving into the new century, Sean remained busy in front of the cameras with even more outstanding work: a mentally disabled father fighting for custody of his seven-year-old daughter (and receiving a third Oscar nomination) for I Am Sam (2001); an anguished father seeking revenge for his daughter's murder in the gut-wrenching Clint Eastwood-directed Mystic River (2003) (for which he won the Oscar as Best Actor); a mortally ill college professor in 21 Grams (2003) and a possessed businessman in The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004). Certainly Sean Penn is one of Hollywood's most controversial, progressive and gifted actors.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Game Conrad Van Orton 1997 Drama
Fair Game Joe Wilson 2010 Drama
Iconoclasts 2012
Person to Person (2012) Himself 2012 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
All the King's Men Willie Stark 1949
We're No Angels Jim/Fr. Brown 1955 Comedy, Biography
Taps Alex Dwyer 1981
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Jeff Spicoli 1982 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Crackers 1984 Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Racing with the Moon 1984 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Falcon and the Snowman Daulton Lee 1985 Drama, Thriller
At Close Range Brad Whitewood Jr. 1986 Comedy, 0
Shanghai Surprise 1986 0, Comedy
Colors Danny McGavin 1988 Game Show, 0
Judgment in Berlin Guenther X 1988
Casualties of War Sgt. Tony Meserve 1989 0, 0
State of Grace Terry Noonan 1990 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Dead Man Walking Matthew Poncelet 1995 0
She's So Lovely Eddie 1997 Game Show, 0, Biography
The Game Conrad Van Orton 1997 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
U Turn Bobby Cooper 1997 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Loved Man on the Hill 1997 Drama, Thriller
Hugo Pool Strange Hitchhiker 1997 Comedy, Romance
The Thin Red Line 1st Sgt. Edward Welsh 1998 0, 0, Romance
Hurlyburly 1998 Comedy, Drama
The Weight of Water Thomas Janes 2000 0
Sweet and Lowdown Emmet Ray 2000 Comedy, Music
Up at the Villa Rowley Flint 2000 Drama, Romance
I Am Sam Sam Dawson 2001
Before Night Falls Cuco Sanchez 2001 Drama
Dogtown and Z-Boys 2002 Documentary, Sport
It's All About Love Marciello 2003
Mystic River Jimmy Markum 2003 Crime, Drama, Mystery
21 Grams Paul Rivers 2003 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing 2004
The Assassination of Richard Nixon Samuel J. Bicke 2004 Drama, History
The Interpreter Tobin Keller 2005 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
All the King's Men Willie Stark 2006 Drama, Thriller
Game Conrad 2007
Persepolis 2007 Animation, Drama
What Just Happened? Himself 2008
What Just Happened 2008
Milk Harvey Milk 2009 Drama, History
Fair Game Joe Wilson 2010 Game Show, 0
This Must Be the Place Cheyenne 2011 Comedy, Drama
Gangster Squad Mickey Cohen 2013 Action, Crime, Drama
The Gunman Jim Terrier 2014 Action, Crime, Drama