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Sean Penn

1960-08-17 Santa Monica, California, USA

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An American actor, screenwriter and film director, also known for his political and social activism. He is a two-time Academy Award winner for his roles in Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008), as well as the recipient of a Golden Globe Award for the former and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the latter. Penn began his acting career in television with a brief appearance in a 1974 episode of Little House on the Prairie, directed by his father Leo Penn. Following his film debut in 1981's Taps and a diverse range of film roles in the 1980s, Penn emerged as a prominent leading actor with the 1995 drama film Dead Man Walking, for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination and the Best Actor Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Penn subsequently received another two Oscar nominations for Sweet and Lowdown (1999) and 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 of the Cannes Film Festival for She's So Lovely (1997), and two Best Actor Awards at the Venice Film Festival for Hurlyburly (1998) and 21 Grams (2003). Penn made his feature film directorial debut with 1991's The Indian Runner, followed by the drama film The Crossing Guard (1995) and the mystery film The Pledge (2001). In 2002, Penn directed one of the 11 segments of 11'09"01 September 11, a compilation film made in response to the September 11 attacks. In 2007, Penn directed his fourth feature film Into the Wild, which garnered critical acclaim and two Academy Award nominations. In addition to his film work, Penn is known for his political and social activism, most notably his criticism of the George W. Bush administration, his contact with the Presidents of Venezuela and Cuba, and his humanitarian work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Penn also attracted media attention for his previous marriages to pop icon Madonna and actress Robin Wright. Description above from the Wikipedia article Sean Penn, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia


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
Beaver Trilogy Part IV Himself (archive footage) 2015-01-23
The Gunman Terrier 2015-02-16
Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey Himself 2014-06-15
Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story Himself 2014-11-25
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute Himself 2014-02-09
Gangster Squad Mickey Cohen 2013-01-10
The Human Experiment Narrator 2013-11-23
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Sean O'Connell 2013-12-18
Americans Commie 2012-10-10
Woody Allen: A Documentary Himself 2011-11-20
The Tree of Life Jack O'Brien 2011-05-18
This Must Be the Place Cheyenne 2011-10-01
Fair Game Joseph Wilson 2010-05-20
Deflating the Elephant Narrator 2009-05-19
The People Speak Himself 2009-12-13
What Just Happened Himself 2008-10-17
Witch Hunt Himself (Narrator) 2008-01-01
Milk Harvey Milk 2008-11-05
Brando Himself 2007-05-01
All the King's Men Willie Stark 2006-09-10
Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride 2006-12-12
The Interpreter Tobin Keller 2005-04-08
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Himself 2004-01-01
Dennis Hopper: The Decisive Moments himself 2004-05-01
The Assassination of Richard Nixon Samuel Bicke 2004-05-17
It's All About Love Marciello 2003-01-10
Bukowski: Born into This Himself 2003-01-18
Inside Björk Himself 2003-01-01
Mystic River Jimmy Markum 2003-10-07
This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs "The Late Henry Moss" Ray 2003-01-01
Pauly Shore Is Dead Himself 2003-03-11
21 Grams Paul Rivers 2003-09-06
Rosy-Fingered Dawn: A Film on Terrence Malick Himself 2002-09-01
Dogtown and Z-Boys Narrator 2001-01-18
I Am Sam Sam Dawson 2001-12-28
A Constant Forge 2000-01-01
Up at the Villa Rowley Flint 2000-04-14
Before Night Falls Cuco Sanchez 2000-09-03
The Beaver Trilogy Groovin' Larry 2000-12-31
The Weight of Water Thomas Janes 2000-09-25
Reliving Our Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1999-12-21
Being John Malkovich Himself (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 1998-12-25
U Turn Bobby Cooper 1997-10-03
She's So Lovely Eddie Quinn 1997-08-29
Hugo Pool Strange Hitchhiker 1997-12-12
Loved Michael Man on the hill 1997-10-31
The Game Conrad Van Orton 1997-09-12
Dead Man Walking Matthew Poncelet 1995-12-29
Carlito's Way David Kleinfeld 1993-11-10
The Last Party Himself 1993-08-27
Madonna: The Name of the Game Himself 1993-01-01
Cruise Control 1992-10-01
State of Grace Terry Noonan 1990-09-14
Cool Blue Phil the Plumber (uncredited) 1990-02-27
Casualties of War Sgt. Tony Meserve 1989-08-18
We're No Angels Jim 1989-12-15
Colors Officer Danny McGavin 1988-04-15
Judgment in Berlin Guenther X 1988-01-01
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
Racing with the Moon Henry 'Hopper' Nash 1984-03-23
Crackers Dillard 1984-02-17
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 Cameo (uncredited) 1981-03-10
Taps Cadet Captain Alex Dwyer 1981-12-20
The Killing of Randy Webster Don Fremont 1981-03-11
Flag Day