Sean Penn Biography (1960-)

Full name, Sean Justin Penn; born August 17, 1960, in Santa Monica (some sources cite Burbank or Los Angeles), CA; son of Leo Penn (an actor and director)and Eileen Ryan (an actress); brother of Christopher Penn (an actor) and Michael Penn (a musician, singer, and songwriter); married Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone (a singer and actress; known as Madonna), August 16, 1985 (divorced, 1989); married Robin Wright (an actress), April 27, 1996; children: (second marriage) Dylan Frances, Hopper Jack. Addresses: Agent: Bryan Lourd,Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Manager: Brian Gersh, Blue Train Entertainment, 9100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 340 West, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Publicist: I/D Public Relations, 8409 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer, writer
Birth Details
August 17, 1960
Santa Monica, California, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Alex Dwyer, Taps, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • Jeff Spicoli, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Universal, 1982
  • Buddy, Summerspell, 1983
  • Mick O'Brien, Bad Boys, Universal, 1983
  • Dillard, Crackers, Universal, 1984
  • Henry "Hopper" Nash/Lou, Racing with the Moon, Paramount, 1984
  • Daulton Lee, The Falcon and the Snowman, Orion, 1985
  • Brad Whitewood, Jr., At Close Range, Orion, 1986
  • Glendon Wasey, Shanghai Surprise, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1986
  • Guenther X, Judgment in Berlin (also known as Escape to Freedom and Ein Richter fuer Berlin), New Line Cinema, 1988
  • Officer Danny McGavin, Colors, Orion, 1988
  • (Uncredited) Phil the plumber, Cool Blue, 1988
  • Jim, We're No Angels, Paramount, 1989
  • Meserve, Casualties of War, Columbia, 1989
  • Himself, Schneeweissrosenrot (also known as SnowwhiteRosered), 1991
  • Terry Noonan, State of Grace, Orion, 1991
  • David Kleinfeld, Carlito's Way, Universal, 1993
  • Himself, The Last Party (also known as Youth for Truth), Triton Pictures, 1993
  • Matthew Poncelet, Dead Man Walking (also known as After Midnight, Dead Men, Death Wish, and Sister Prejean), Gramercy, 1995
  • Bobby Cooper, U-Turn (also known as Stray Dogs and U Turn--Ici commence l'enfer), TriStar, 1997
  • Conrad Van Orton, The Game, Panorama Entertainment/Ascot Elite Entertainment, 1997
  • Eddie, Hurlyburly, Storm Entertainment, 1997
  • Eddie Quinn, She's So Lovely (also known as Call It Love and She's De Lovely), Miramax, 1997
  • Michael, Loved, MDP Worldwide, 1997
  • Mysterious hitchhiker, Hugo Pool (also known as Pool Girl and Quirky Gate), BMG Independents/Nomadic Pictures, 1997
  • First sergeant Welsh, The Thin Red Line, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Rowley Flint, Up at the Villa, October Films, 1998
  • Emmet Ray, Sweet and Lowdown, Sony Pictures Classics, 1999
  • (Uncredited) Himself, Being John Malkovich, USA Films, 1999
  • Cuco Sanchez, Before Night Falls (also known as Antes que anochezca), Fine Line, 2000
  • Groovin' Larry, "Beaver Kid 2," The Beaver Trilogy, Strand Releasing, 2001
  • Narrator, Dogtown and Z-Boys, Sony Pictures Classics, 2001
  • Sam Dawson, I Am Sam, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Himself, Scene Smoking: Cigarettes, Cinema, and the Myth of Cool,2001
  • Himself, Rosy-Fingered Dawn: A Film on Terrence Malick, CampinellaProductions/Citrullo International/Misami Film, 2002
  • Thomas Janes, The Weight of Water (also known as Le poids de l'eau), Lions Gate Films, 2002
  • Jimmy Markum, Mystic River, Warner Bros., 2003
  • Marciello, It's All about Love, Focus Features, 2003
  • Paul Rivers, 21 Grams, Focus Features, 2003
  • Himself, Dennis Hopper: Create (or Die), Easy Rider Productions, 2003
  • Narrator, Riding Giants, Sony Pictures Classics, 2004
  • Samuel "Sam" Byck, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Arn Productions, 2004
  • Himself, A Constant Forge (also known as A Constant Forge: TheLife and Art of John Cassavetes), Criterion Collection, 2004
  • Himself, You'll Never Wiez in This Town Again (also known as Pauly Shore Is Dead), Regent Releasing, 2004
  • Himself and Ray, This So-Called Disaster, IFC Films, 2004
  • Film Director
  • The Indian Runner, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Pathe, 1991
  • The Crossing Guard (also known as Three Days for the Truth), Miramax, 1995
  • The Pledge, Warner Bros., 2001
  • "USA," 11'09"01--September 11 (also known as September 11,11 minutes 9 secondes 1 image, 11'09"01: Onze minutes, neuf secondes, un cadre, and Onze minutes, neuf secondes, un cadre), Empire Pictures, 2003
  • Film Producer
  • (With David S. Hamburger) The Crossing Guard (also known as Three Days for the Truth), Miramax, 1995
  • Loved, MDP Worldwide, 1997
  • She's So Lovely (also known as Call It Love and She's DeLovely), Miramax, 1997
  • The Pledge, Warner Bros., 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Concrete Cowboys, CBS, 1979
  • Don Fremont, The Killing of Randy Webster, CBS, 1981
  • Hellinger's Law, 1981
  • Specials
  • Narrator, Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (also known as Dear America), HBO, 1987
  • The MTV Interview, MTV, 1995
  • Robbie Robertson: Going Home, The Disney Channel, 1995
  • Himself, Sean Penn Talking with David Frost, PBS, 1996
  • The Art of Dennis Hopper, 2002
  • Narrator, MTV Icon: Metallica, MTV, 2003
  • Awards Presentations
  • (Uncredited) Himself, The 1993 Billboard Music Awards, 1993
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Nicholson, CBS, 1994
  • Presenter, 2003 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert de Niro, USA Network, 2003
  • Presenter, The Ninth Annual Critics Choice Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2004
  • Himself, The 76th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2004
  • Himself, The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2004
  • Episodic
  • (Uncredited) Kid, "The Voice of Tinker Jones," Little House on the Prairie, NBC, 1974
  • Sam, "School of Terror," Barnaby Jones, CBS, 1979
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1987
  • Himself, Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1991
  • Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1991
  • Himself, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1995, 2001
  • (Uncredited) Himself, "Emma," Ellen, ABC, 1997
  • Himself, "Flip," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1998
  • "The Best of Dana Carvey," Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1999
  • Eric, "The One with the Halloween Party," Friends, NBC, 2001
  • Eric, "The One with the Stain," Friends, NBC, 2001
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Celebrities Uncensored, E! Entertainment Television, 2003, 2004
  • Appeared in Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo; and The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Earthworms, Los Angeles Group Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles, 1980
  • James, Heartland, Century Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • George "Spanky" Farrell, Slab Boys, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Eddie, Hurlyburly, Westwood Playhouse, Los Angeles, 1988
  • The Late Henry Moss, Theatre on the Square, San Francisco, CA, 2000
  • Also appeared in The Girl on the Via Flaminia, Gene Dynarski Theatre, Hollywood, CA.
  • Stage Work
  • Executive producer, Remembrance, Helicon Theatre Company, Los Angeles, 1997
  • Director of Terrible Jim Fitch (one-act), Los Angeles Group Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Music Videos
  • (In archive footage) "Live to Tell," by Madonna, c. 1986
  • "Eardrum Buzz," by Wire, 1989
  • Music Videos; Director
  • "Dance with the One That Brought You," by Shania Twain, 1993
  • "You Were Meant for Me," by Jewel, 1996
  • "Highway Patrolman," by Bruce Springsteen, 2000
  • "The Barry Williams Show," by Peter Gabriel, 2002
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • The Indian Runner, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Pathe, 1991
  • The Crossing Guard (also known as Three Days for the Truth), Miramax, 1995
  • (Uncredited) The Pledge, Warner Bros., 2001
  • "USA," 11'09"01--September 11 (also known as September 11,11 minutes 9 secondes 1 image, 11'09"01: Onze minutes, neuf secondes, un cadre, and Onze minutes, neuf secondes, un cadre), Empire Pictures, 2003
  • Nonfiction
  • Author of foreword, Women before Ten A.M., photographs by Veronique Vial, PowerHouse Books, 1998

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • American Film, August, 1991, p. 18
    • Boston Globe, December 20, 1998
    • Cosmopolitan, January, 1996, p. 24
    • Details, November, 1995
    • Empire, October, 1997, pp. 104, 199
    • Entertainment Weekly, August 8, 1997, p. 24; February 22, 2002, p.28; November 28, 2003, pp. 32-40; February 6, 2004, pp. 34-35
    • Film Comment, September, 1991
    • Interview, September, 1991, p. 94; October, 1991, p. 38; October,1995, p. 116
    • Newsweek, December 21, 1998, p. 62
    • New York Times, September 15, 1991, p. H13; November 12, 1995
    • New York Times Magazine, December 27, 1998, pp. 20-25, 52-55
    • People Weekly, February 11, 1985, p. 137; September 24, 1990, p 53; January 25, 1999, p. 107
    • Playboy, November, 1991, pp. 61-76
    • Premiere, October, 1991, pp. 60-66
    • Rolling Stone, April 4, 1996, p. 44
    • Time, August 25, 1997, p. 68
    • Time Out New York, July 10, 2003, pp. 10-11
    • USA Today, January 22, 1999
    • Vanity Fair, March, 1986
    • Venice, February, 2002, pp. 48-53
    • Vogue, May, 1988

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