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Sean Penn

1960-08-17 Santa Monica, California, USA

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Sean Justin Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an American actor and film director. He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama Mystic River (2003) and the biopic Milk (2008). Penn began his acting career in television, with a brief appearance in episode 112 of Little House on the Prairie on December 4, 1974, directed by his father Leo Penn. Following his film debut in the drama Taps (1981), and a diverse range of film roles in the 1980s, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and Bad Boys (1983), Penn garnered critical attention for his roles in the crime dramas At Close Range (1986), State of Grace (1990), and Carlito's Way (1993). He became known as a prominent leading actor with the drama Dead Man Walking (1995), for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination and the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival. Penn received another two Oscar nominations for Woody Allen's comedy-drama Sweet and Lowdown (1999) and the drama I Am Sam (2001), before winning his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003 for Mystic River and a second one in 2008 for Milk. He has also won a Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for the Nick Cassavetes-directed She's So Lovely (1997), and two Volpi Cups for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for the indie film Hurlyburly (1998) and the drama 21 Grams (2003). Penn made his feature film directorial debut with The Indian Runner (1991), followed by the drama film The Crossing Guard (1995) and the mystery film The Pledge (2001); all three were critically well received. Penn directed one of the 11 segments of 11'09"01 September 11 (2002), a compilation film made in response to the September 11 attacks. His fourth feature film, the biographical drama survival movie Into the Wild (2007), garnered critical acclaim and two Academy Award nominations. In addition to his film work, Penn has engaged in political and social activism, including his criticism of the George W. Bush administration, his contact with the Presidents of Cuba and Venezuela, and his humanitarian work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.


Daddio Clark 2024-05-23
Asphalt City Gene Rutkovsky 2024-03-28
Superpower Self 2023-02-17
Gonzo Girl 2023-09-07
Flag Day John Vogel 2021-08-20
Licorice Pizza Jack Holden 2021-11-26
Friends: The Reunion (archive footage) 2021-05-27
Val Self (archive footage) 2021-07-23
Citizen Penn Himself 2020-09-24
Charles Bronson, le génie du mâle Self (archive footage) 2020-11-29
Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A Virtual Table Read Pizza Guy 2020-09-17
The Professor and the Madman Dr. William Chester Minor 2019-03-07
Mad Hannans 2017-01-01
Sound of Sun Man 2017-01-14
The Angry Birds Movie Terence (voice) 2016-05-11
The Gunman Jim Terrier 2015-02-16
Sweet Micky for President Self 2015-01-23
Beaver Trilogy Part IV Himself (archive footage) 2015-01-23
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles Self 2014-02-09
Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey Himself 2014-06-15
Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story Himself 2014-11-25
Gangster Squad Mickey Cohen 2013-01-09
The Human Experiment Narrator 2013-11-23
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Sean O'Connell 2013-12-18
Americans Commie 2012-10-10
Haiti Untold 2012-01-01
The Tree of Life Jack 2011-05-17
Woody Allen: A Documentary Self 2011-11-20
This Must Be the Place Cheyenne 2011-08-24
Fair Game Joseph Wilson 2010-05-20
I'm Still Here Sean Penn (uncredited) 2010-09-10
The People Speak Self 2009-12-13
Deflating the Elephant Narrator 2009-05-19
Witch Hunt Himself (Narrator) 2008-09-07
VH1 Rock Honors: The Who Self 2008-07-17
Milk Harvey Milk 2008-11-05
What Just Happened Himself 2008-10-17
Brando Self 2007-05-01
All the King's Men Willie Stark 2006-09-10
Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride Self 2006-12-12
The Interpreter Tobin Keller 2005-04-08
The Assassination of Richard Nixon Samuel Bicke 2004-05-17
Dennis Hopper: The Decisive Moments Self 2004-05-01
21 Grams: In Fragments Self 2004-03-16
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Self 2004-10-12
21 Grams Paul Rivers 2003-09-06
It's All About Love Marciello 2003-01-10
Bukowski: Born Into This Himself 2003-01-18
This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs "The Late Henry Moss" Ray 2003-01-01
Pauly Shore Is Dead Sean Penn 2003-03-11
Mystic River Jimmy Markum 2003-03-03
Dennis Hopper: Create (or Die) Self 2003-02-10
Inside Björk Self 2003-01-01
Searching for Debra Winger Self (uncredited) 2002-07-13
Rosy-Fingered Dawn: A Film on Terrence Malick Self 2002-09-01
Dogtown and Z-Boys Narrator 2001-01-18
I Am Sam Sam Dawson 2001-12-28
Up at the Villa Rowley Flint 2000-04-14
A Constant Forge Self 2000-01-01
Before Night Falls Cuco Sanchez 2000-09-03
The Weight of Water Thomas Janes 2000-09-25
The Beaver Trilogy "Groovin' Larry" Huff 2000-12-31
Reliving Our Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1999-12-21
Being John Malkovich Sean Penn (uncredited) 1999-10-29
Sweet and Lowdown Emmet Ray 1999-12-03
Hurlyburly Eddie 1998-12-25
The Thin Red Line 1st Sgt. Edward Welsh 1998-12-23
The Game Conrad Van Orton 1997-09-12
She's So Lovely Eddie Quinn 1997-08-29
Hugo Pool Strange Hitchhiker 1997-12-12
Loved Man on the Hill (Michael) 1997-10-31
U Turn Bobby Cooper 1997-10-03
Dead Man Walking Matthew Poncelet 1995-12-29
The Last Party Self 1993-08-27
Madonna: The Name of the Game Himself 1993-01-01
Carlito's Way David Kleinfeld 1993-11-10
Cruise Control 1992-10-01
State of Grace Terry 1990-09-14
Cool Blue Phil the Plumber (uncredited) 1990-02-27
We're No Angels Jim 1989-06-02
Casualties of War Sgt. Tony Meserve 1989-08-18
Judgment in Berlin Guenther X 1988-05-06
Colors Danny McGavin 1988-04-15
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (voice) 1987-10-01
Shanghai Surprise Glendon Wasey 1986-08-29
At Close Range Bradford "Brad" Whitewood Jr. 1986-04-18
The Falcon and the Snowman Daulton Lee 1985-01-25
Crackers Dillard 1984-02-17
Racing with the Moon Henry 'Hopper' Nash 1984-03-23
Bad Boys Mick O’Brien 1983-03-25
Summerspell Buddy 1983-07-02
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Jeff Spicoli 1982-08-13
The Beaver Kid 2 Groovin' Larry 1981-09-04
Hellinger's Law Bit Part (uncredited) 1981-03-10
Taps Cadet Captain Alex Dwyer 1981-12-20
The Killing of Randy Webster Don Fremont 1981-03-11
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