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Sean Penn

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Sean Penn is a 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.Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director, actor, and writer Leo Penn. His brother was actor Chris Penn. His father was from a Lithuanian Jewish/Russian Jewish family, and his mother is of half Italian and half Irish descent.Penn first appeared in roles as strong-headed or unruly youths such as the military cadet defending his academy against closure in Taps, then as fast-talking surfer stoner Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.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, followed by a teaming with icy Christopher Walken in the chilling At Close Range. The youthful Sean then paired up with his then wife, pop diva Madonna in the woeful, and painful, Shanghai Surprise, which was savaged by the critics, but Sean bounced back with a great job as a hot-headed young cop in Colors, gave another searing performance as a US soldier in Vietnam committing atrocities in Casualties of War and appeared alongside Robert De Niro in the uneven comedy We're No Angels. 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 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, 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 and also landed the lead role of Sgt. Eddie Walsh in the star-studded anti-war film The Thin Red Line, before finishing the 1990s playing an offbeat jazz musician (and scoring another Oscar nomination) in Sweet and Lowdown.The gifted and versatile Sean had also moved into directing, with the quirky but interesting The Indian Runner, about two brothers with vastly opposing views on life, and in 1995 he directed Jack Nicholson in The Crossing Guard. 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; an anguished father seeking revenge for his daughter's murder in the gut-wrenching Clint Eastwood-directed Mystic River (for which he won the Oscar as Best Actor); a mortally ill college professor in 21 Grams and a possessed businessman in The Assassination of Richard Nixon.Certainly Sean Penn is one of Hollywood's most controversial, progressive and gifted actors.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Madonna to Sean Penn -- 'I Love You'

Madonna to Sean Penn
'I Love You'

Madonna made it clear Saturday night ... she loved Sean Penn in the past and she feels the same way now. Sean was hosting a fundraiser for Haiti in Bev Hills, and Madonna was not only there with… READ MORE >

Sean Penn -- Secret Interview With El Chapo ... 'He Has Charisma'

Sean Penn
Secret Interview With El Chapo 'He Has Charisma'

El Chapo was one of the most wanted men in the world and Sean Penn knew exactly where to find him ... meeting with the drug lord for a long interview while he was on the run, and the actor clearly… READ MORE >

- 232 days ago
Madonna -- Sean Penn NEVER Hit Me ... Testifies in Lee Daniels Case

Madonna
Sean NEVER Hit Me ... Testifies in Lee Daniels Case

Madonna is jumping to her ex-husband Sean Penn's defense -- declaring under oath that Lee Daniels got it wrong when he insinuated Sean was a woman beater. Penn's attorneys filed a declaration from… READ MORE >

- 255 days ago
Madonna -- Sean Penn Must Be My Lucky Star

Madonna
Sean Penn Must Be My Lucky Star

Madonna has a superfan ... ex-husband Sean Penn, who was smack dab front and center at her Wednesday night concert in Vancouver.  Penn took in the show alongside Amy Schumer,… READ MORE >

- 318 days ago
Sean Penn Sues Lee Daniels -- I DON'T Hit Women

Sean Penn
Sues Lee Daniels I DON'T Hit Women

Sean Penn has sued Lee Daniels for $10 million, claiming the "Empire" creator dragged him through the mud and accused him of hitting women, just to make Terrence Howard look better.   Daniels… READ MORE >

- 341 days ago
Sean Penn --  Still True Blue to Madonna (VIDEO)

Sean Penn
Still True Blue to Madonna

Sean Penn and Madonna are the paradigm of a divorced couple who get along ... he was front and center Thursday night at her concert. Madonna performed again at Madison Square Garden, and you see… READ MORE >

- 346 days ago
Sean Penn & Charlize Theron -- Reunited and It Feels So Awkward (PHOTO)

Sean Penn & Charlize Theron
Reunited and It Feels ... Soooo Awkward

Sean Penn and Charlize Theron were back together Wednesday after they were forced to reunite in South Africa for re-shoots on the set of their movie ... six weeks after they ended their… READ MORE >

- 395 days ago
Sean Penn -- Charlize Who?  Gives Minka Kelly Birthday Dinner of a Lifetime

Sean Penn
Charlize Who? Gives Minka Kelly Birthday Dinner of a Lifetime

Sean Penn and Charlize Theron called it quits just 2 weeks ago, and he's already doing his laundry with another hot chick. These pics were taken last Tuesday at French Laundry, the… READ MORE >

- 426 days ago
Charlize Theron & Sean Penn ... THEY'RE DONE

Charlize Theron & Sean Penn
THEY'RE DONE

One of Hollywood's top "Really? They're a Couple?" couples is no longer ... Charlize Theron and Sean Penn have parted ways. They'd been together since 2013 and got engaged in December 2014.… READ MORE >

- 438 days ago
Charlize Theron -- Kids With Sean Penn

Charlize Theron
Kids with Sean Penn

Charlize Theron can play with her 2 year-old son without fear of hikers who jump to conclusions ... at least when she does it in the middle of Los Angeles.The Oscar winning mom was out with… READ MORE >

- 652 days ago

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