Sean Justin Penn, popularly known as Sean Penn is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He is the son of director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan. He is best known for starring in the lead roles in the films, Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008), for which he won several awards including two Academy Awards for Best Actor. His other notable films are Dead Man Walking (1995), Hurlyburly (1998), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), I Am Sam (2001), and 21 Grams (2003) among others. He made his feature film directorial debut with the 1991 film, The Indian Runner. Penn directed 2007 movie, Into the Wild was nominated for two Academy Award nominations. For his contribution to the entertainment industry, he has won numerous accolades in his career. Besides his career, he is also active in politics and social activism, which will be discussed below.
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What is Sean Penn Famous For?
- His best movies are Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008).
- Won two Academy Awards for Best Actor.
Where is Sean Penn Born?
Sean Penn was born on 17 August 1960. His birth name is Sean Justin Penn. His birth place is in Santa Monica, California in the United States. He holds an American nationality. His zodiac sign is Leo. He was born to a father, Leo Penn, and a mother Eileen Ryan. His father was a popular actor and director, whereas his mother is an actress. He has an older brother Michael Penn, who is a musician. His younger brother, Chris Penn who was also an actor died in 2006. He has Russian Jewish ancestry on her father’s side, whereas he has Irish and Italian ancestry on his mother’s side. His mother is a Catholic. He belongs to white ethnicity and his religion is agnosticism.
Regarding education, he attended Santa Monica High School. Interested in acting and film making since childhood, he started making short films with several of his childhood friends including Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen.
Sean Penn Acting Career
- Sean Penn made his acting debut as an extra child actor in the drama series, Little House on the Prairie in 1974. He appeared in some of the episodes of the series directed by his father, Leo.
- He then made his film debut with the 1981 drama film, Taps.
- He then appeared in several movies including Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Bad Boys (1983), Crackers (1984), Racing with the Moon (1984), The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), At Close Range (1986), Shanghai Surprise (1986), Colors (1988), Judgement in Berlin (1988), Casualties of War (1989), and We’re No Angels (1989) during the 1980s.
- He was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1993 crime film, Carlito’s Way.
- He received several awards and nominations for his role as a racist murderer on death row, Matthew Poncelet in the 1995 crime drama film, Dead Man Walking. He was nominated for the Academy Award for the first time in his career for Best Actor. He won Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, Silver Bear for Best Actor, and Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreigner Actor for the role.
- He received his second Academy Award nomination for his role as Emmet Ray in the comedy-drama film, Sweet and Lowdown in 1999. He was also nominated for Golden Globe Award and Satellite Award for his role.
- His films during the 1990s are Stage of Grace (1990), Carlito’s Way (1993), Loved (1997), She’s So Lovely (1997), U Turn (1997), U Turn (1997), The Game (1997), Hugo Pool (1997), Hurlyburly (1998), The Thin Red Line (1998), and Sweet and Lowdown (1999).
- Penn received his third Academy Award nomination for his work in the 2001 drama film, I Am Sam. He portrayed the role of mentally handicapped father, Samuel John “Sam” Dawson in the film. He was also nominated for Satellite Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for the film.
- Penn won his first Academy Award for Best Actor for crime-drama film, Mystic River in 2003. He also won numerous accolades for his role.
- He won his second Academy Award for Best Actor for the biopic Milk in 2008. He portrayed the real-life gay-rights icon and politician Harvey Milk in the film. He won numerous accolades including Academy Award for Best Actor for his role. He was nominated for BAFTA, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, Satellite, and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his role.
- His movies during the 2000s are Up at the Villa (2000), Before Night Falls (2000), The Weight of Water (2000), The Beaver Trilogy (2001), I Am Sam (2001), It’s All About Love (2003), Mystic River (2003), 21 Grams (2003), The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004), The Interpreter (2005), All the King’s Men (2006), Persepolis (2007), What Just Happened (2008), Tropic Thunder (2008), and Milk (2010).
- His movies during the 2010s are Fair Game (2010), The Tree of Life (2011), This Must Be the Place (2011), Gangster Squad (2013), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), The Gunman (2015), and The Professor and the Madman (2019).
- He has appeared in short films, Cruise Control (1992), Americans (2012), and Sound of Sun (2016).
- He has guest appeared in series and sitcoms, Barnaby Jones, Ellen, Friends, Two and a Half Men, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
- He guest appeared in MTV’s Jackass spin-off reality series, Viva La Bam in 2004.
- He narrated the documentaries, Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987), Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001), (War Made Easy (2007), and Witch Hunt (2008). He has appeared in several other documentaries as well.
Sean Penn Directorial Career
- Sean Penn made his directorial debut with the 1991 crime drama film, The Indian Runner. He also wrote the film. The movie is based on Bruce Springsteen’s song “Highway Patrolman”.
- His other-directed films are The Crossing Guard (1995), The Pledge (2001), Into the Wild (2007), and The Last Face (2016).
- He directed a segment “U.S.A.” in the film 11’09″01 September 11 in 2002.
- He directed, produced, and co-wrote the 1995 film, The Crossing Guard.
- He directed, produced, and co-wrote the 2007 film, Into the Wild. The film received numerous nominations.
- He directed Shania Twain’s music video of “Dance with the One That Brought You”, Lyle Lovett’s music video of “North Dakota”, Peter Gabriel’s “The Barry Williams Show”, and Mudcrutch’s “I Forgive It All”.
Sean Penn Wife
He was once engaged to actress, Racing with the Moon co-star, Elizabeth McGovern. He then briefly dated actress and activist, Susan Sarandon.
He married pop singer Madonna in August 1985. While married to Madonna, Penn served 33 days of 60 days in jail for assaulting a photographer on a film set in mid-1987. Madonna filed for divorce in December 1987, but they reconciled. She later filed for divorce in January 1989. She had reportedly filed assault charges against Penn. Their divorce was finalized in the same year.
Penn then moved in with actress Robin Wright. She gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Dylan Frances in April 1991. The couple welcomed their second child, a son, Hopper Jack in August 1993. The couple separated in 1995. He then briefly dated singer and actress, Jewel.
Penn reconciled with Wright and got married on 27 April 1996. The couple filed for divorce in December 2007 but reconciled in 2008. Penn filed for divorce in April 2009 but reconciled in May 2009. The couple filed for divorce in August 2009 and their divorce was finalized in July 2010.
He then dated actress Charlize Theron from 2013 to 2015. He then started dating actress Leila George in 2016. The couple got married in July 2020.
Sean Penn Height
Sean Penn stands at a height of 1.73 m i.e. 5 feet and 8 inches tall. He has a body weight of 154 lbs i.e. 70 kg. He has a slim body build. His hair color is dark brown and his eye color is blue.
Sean Penn Net Worth
Sean Penn earns from his career in the entertainment industry. His major income comes from his acting career. Having starred in over 50 films, he has won numerous accolades in his career. He has also directed several films. He earned his fortune from his career as an actor. His net worth is estimated at $150 million.