Sean Penn

17 Aug 1960

Actor, Director, Writer, Producer

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).

Penn made his feature film directorial debut with 1991's The Indian Runner, followed by the drama film The Crossing Guard (1995) and the mystery film The Pledge (2001). In 2002, Penn directed one of the 11 segments of 11'09"01 September 11, a compilation film made in response to the September 11 attacks. In 2007, Penn directed his fourth feature film Into the Wild, which garnered critical acclaim and two Academy Award nominations.

In addition to his film work, Penn is known for his political and social activism, most notably his criticism of the George W. Bush administration, his contact with the Presidents of Venezuela and Cuba, and his humanitarian work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Penn also attracted media attention for his previous marriages to pop icon Madonna and actress Robin Wright.


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Filmography (49 titles)

(movie, 2019)
···The Professor and the Madman
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dr. William Chester Minor)
(movie, 2016)
···The Last Face
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 2016)
···The Angry Birds Movie
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Terence (voice))
(movie, 2015)
···The Gunman
Genre: Action, Drama, Crime
Role: Actor, Producer, Writer
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Sean O'Connell)
(movie, 2013)
···The Human Experiment
With: Sean Penn
Role: Actor (as Narrator)
(movie, 2013)
···Gangster Squad
Genre: Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Mickey Cohen)
(movie, 2011)
···This Must Be the Place
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Cheyenne)
(movie, 2011)
···The Tree of Life
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Jack)
(movie, 2010)
···Fair Game
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Joseph Wilson)
(movie, 2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Harvey Milk)
(movie, 2008)
···What Just Happened
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Himself)
(movie, 2007)
7.8Into the Wild
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Role: Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 2006)
···All the King's Men
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Willie Stark)
(movie, 2005)
7.3The Interpreter
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Tobin Keller)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Samuel Bicke)
(movie, 2003)
7.8Mystic River
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Jimmy Markum)
(movie, 2003)
···21 Grams
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Paul Rivers)
(movie, 2003)
···It's All About Love
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Marciello)
(movie, 2001)
···I Am Sam
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Sam Dawson)
(movie, 2001)
···The Pledge
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 2000)
···The Weight of Water
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Thomas Janes)
(movie, 2000)
···Before Night Falls
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Cuco Sanchez)
(movie, 2000)
···Up at the Villa
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Rowley Flint)
(movie, 1999)
···Sweet and Lowdown
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Emmet Ray)
(movie, 1999)
···Being John Malkovich
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Himself (uncredited))
(movie, 1998)
···The Thin Red Line
Genre: Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as 1st Sgt. Edward Welsh)
(movie, 1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Eddie)
(movie, 1997)
···U Turn
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Bobby Cooper)
(movie, 1997)
···The Game
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Conrad Van Orton)
(movie, 1997)
···She's So Lovely
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Eddie Quinn)
(movie, 1997)
···Hugo Pool
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Strange Hitchhiker)
(movie, 1995)
···Dead Man Walking
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Matthew Poncelet)
(movie, 1995)
···The Crossing Guard
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1993)
···Carlito's Way
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as David Kleinfeld)
(movie, 1991)
···The Indian Runner
Genre: Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1990)
···State of Grace
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Terry Noonan)
(movie, 1989)
···We're No Angels
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Jim)
(movie, 1989)
···Casualties of War
Genre: Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Sgt. Tony Meserve)
(movie, 1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Officer Danny McGavin)
(movie, 1986)
···At Close Range
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Brad Whitewood Jr.)
(movie, 1985)
···The Falcon and the Snowman
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Daulton Lee)
(movie, 1984)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dillard)
(movie, 1984)
···Racing with the Moon
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Henry 'Hopper' Nash)
(movie, 1983)
···Bad Boys
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Mick O'Brien)
(movie, 1982)
···Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Jeff Spicoli)
(movie, 1981)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Cadet Captain Alex Dwyer)