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Sean Penn, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Penn in MILK.

Sean Penn: Best Actor, 2003: MovieActors.com

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Mystic River (Drama – R)

Three childhood friends, Jimmy Marcus (Sean Penn), Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) and Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins) reunite after years apart on the tragic occasion of the brutal murder of Jimmy's eldest daughter, Katie.

Sean Penn won his Best Actor Oscar for his powerful portrayal as Jimmy Marcus, a man consumed by grief and anger, who seeks retribution against his daughter's murderer.


About Sean Penn (1960 – )
He was born with the name of Sean Justin Penn. His father, director Leo Penn, was a Jewish Russian/Lithuanian descendant and his mother, actress Eileen Ryan, was an Irish Catholic. Both of his parents were active in show business. His grandparents ran a New York Jewish delicatessen. Artistic talent runs in his family. His brother, Chris Penn is also an actor, and his brother, Michael Penn is a musician.

Sean began his acting career as a teenager, becoming active in local theater. He worked as an apprentice/assistant under actor/director Pat Hingle. His big break happened after his performance on Broadway, in Heartland. This led to his first film. Sean Penn then moved onto leading roles in films such as Bad Boys. In 1984, Sean's talent as an actor landed him on John Willis' list of "Promising New Actors of 1984", being 1 of 12 such performers listed.

On August 16, 1985, Sean Penn married Madonna, a marriage which ended in divorce on January 10th, 1989. In 1991, Sean met the love of his life, Robin Wright Penn. They lived together, had two children and married in 1996. In 1993, Sean Penn and Robin lost everything in their Malibu home in the fire, leaving Sean with just his family, which he found to be a liberating experience.

Though still known for his far left politics and beliefs, Sean Penn has gotten a hold of his well-known temper and was able to channel it into his Oscar-winning role, portraying Jimmy Marcus, which adds a strong believable quality to this performance.

Sean Penn's notable movie credits include...

Taps (1981)
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
Bad Boys (1983)
Racing With The Moon (1984)
The Falcon And The Snowman (1985)
At Close Range (1986)
Colors (1988)
We're No Angels (1989)
Casualties Of War (1989)
Carlito's Way (1993)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
U Turn (1997)
The Game (1997)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
I Am Sam (2001)
21 Grams (2003)
The Assassination Of Richard Nixon (2004)
The Interpreter (2005)
All The King's Men (2006)
Milk (2008)
Fair Game (2010)
The Tree Of Life (2011)
This Must Be The Place (2011)
Gangster Squad (2013)

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Sean Penn in Mystic River.

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Penn in Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982).

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Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking.

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Sean Penn in Milk (2008).

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Penn in Casualties Of War (1989).

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Sean Penn in 21 Grams (2003).

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Penn in U Turn (1997).