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Sean Penn

Sean Justin Penn (born August 17, 1960) is 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).

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Sean Penn & ScarJo -- the Great Dating MYSTERY

Sean Penn & ScarJo
The Great Dating MYSTERY

Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn dating rumors have been swirling -- but TMZ now has cold, hard, irrefutable proof ... that they had lunch together, and that ScarJo's foot really likes Sean's lap.… READ MORE >

Sean Penn & Scarlett Johansson -- The Lunch Date

Sean Penn & Scarlett Johansson
The Lunch Date

With her foot in his lap during lunch, Scarlett Johansson, 26, got friendly with Sean Penn, 50, at Cuban restaurant Versailles in L.A. on Monday.We're told the two were seen smiling and laughing… READ MORE >

- 1146 days ago
Sean Penn & Wyclef -- No More HATE-ee, The VIDEO

Sean Penn & Wyclef
No More HATE-ee, The VIDEO

Moments after Sean Penn and Wyclef Jean buried the hatchet in their nasty feud over Haiti ... they were ripping it up on stage at a benefit show -- and TMZ's obtained video of their peace… READ MORE >

- 1160 days ago
Celebrity Cross-Dressin' -- Chick 'Em Out!

Celebrity Cross-Dressin' -- Chick 'Em Out!

Sometimes being a superstar can be a real drag -- see which stars have crossed over to the other side. READ MORE >

- 1184 days ago
Sean Penn Cops Plea in Criminal Case

Sean Penn
Cops Plea in Criminal Case

TMZ has learned ... Sean Penn -- who was charged with battery in connection with a paparazzi run-in last October -- has just copped a plea in his criminal case.Penn -- who was charged with… READ MORE >

- 1439 days ago
TMZ Live: Miley, Sean Penn & Lawrence Taylor

TMZ Live: Miley, Sean Penn & Lawrence Taylor

We took your questions on everything today -- including Miley Cyrus' dance floor lap dance, Sean Penn copping a plea after his violent paparazzi run-in, and Lawrence Taylor's masturbation defense.… READ MORE >

- 1439 days ago
Sean Penn Sued -- Photog Claims Death Threat

Sean Penn Sued
Photog Claims Death Threat

Sean Penn threatened to kill a paparazzo if he ever ran into him again ... this according to a new lawsuit filed by the photog.Jordan Dawes alleges he was filming a documentary about paparazzi… READ MORE >

- 1476 days ago
Sean Penn -- Close Encounter at Academy Awards

Sean Penn
Close Encounter At Academy Awards

There are reports swirling that Sean Penn had a confrontation last night with "The Hurt Locker" producer Greg Shapiro -- who happens to be the current BF of Sean's estranged ex Robin Wright. We've… READ MORE >

- 1503 days ago
Sean Penn -- Lifesaving Hero in Haiti

Sean Penn --
Lifesaving Hero in Haiti

Sean Penn is personally responsible for saving two lives Thursday during a rescue mission in Haiti -- a woman and an orphan child badly injured in the rubble of a collapsed building ... TMZ has… READ MORE >

- 1514 days ago
Penn Photog -- I Needed Surgery After Kick

Penn Photog
I Needed Surgery After Kick

The photographer Sean Penn kicked back in October needed surgery on his knee, his lawyer tells TMZ.Penn was charged with misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor vandalism after he kicked a photog (see… READ MORE >

- 1518 days ago

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