Sean Penn

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Sean Penn (born 17.8.1960)
Sean Penn is an Oscar-winning American actor and film director.

Childhood: Sean Penn was born to Leo and Eileen Penn in Los Angeles County, California. His father was an actor and a director and his mother was an actress. Sean's brother Chris, an actor, died in 2006. His brother Michael is a musician.

Career: In 1974, Sean Penn appeared in an episode of Little House on the Prairie. His father was in the director's chair at the time.

In 1981, Penn launched his film debut, when he starred in Taps, which also featured Tom Cruise and Timothy Hutton. The following year, he appeared in Cameron Crowe's Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The popular comedy also starred Pheobe Cates, Nicolas Cage, Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

1983's Bad Boys saw Sean Penn give one of his best performances, playing a troubled youth. Two years later, he gave another memorable performance in The Falcon and the Snowman, playing the real-life character of Andrew Daulton Lee, a former drug dealer convicted of espionage. Once again, he was sharing the screen with Timothy Hutton. In 1998, when Anthony Daulton Lee was released from jail, Sean Penn hired him as his personal assistant to repay him for allowing him to play Lee in the film, and to help rehabilitate him into society.

Penn then starred opposite Christopher Walken in At Close Range. The film also starred Madonna, to whom he was married at the time.

In 1995, Sean Penn was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for the first time when he played a racist murderer on death row, in Tim Robbins' Dead Man Walking. Four years later, he was recognised for his performance in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown. In 2001's I Am Sam, he played a mentally-handicapped father, with Michelle Pfeiffer, Laura Dern and Dakota Fanning and was nominated once more. It was in 2003 that Sean Penn finally won the award for his role in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, with Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne and Laura Linney. Penn was nominated for the Best Actor award again for his role in The Assassination of Richard Nixon in 2004. The film also starred Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle and Jack Thompson. In 2008, Sean Penn won his second Oscar for his role playing the gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, in the Gus Van Sant-directed Milk, alongside Josh Brolin and Emile Hirsch.

Sean Penn's directorial debut came in 1991 with the Indian Runner. The film was based on a Bruce Springsteen song, 'Highway Patrolman' and starred Viggo Mortensen, Dennis Hopper and Patricia Arquette. He went on to direct three more films, The Crossing Guard in 1995 (starring Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Houston), The Pledge in 2001 (with Jack Nicholson again and Benicio Del Toro) and Into the Wild in 2007 (with Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden and Vince Vaughn).

Penn also directed music videos for Shania Twain ('Dance With the One That Brought You') and Peter Gabriel ('The Barry Williams Show').

Personal Life: Sean Penn has dated a number of high profile women, including Elizabeth McGovern and Susan Sarandon.

Penn was married to the singer and actress Madonna. They divorced in 1989. Sean Penn then began a relationship with Robin Wright. They had a daughter together, named Dylan Thomas, then a son named Hopper Jack. Sean and Robin married in 1996. Their relationship has seen a number of turbulent periods. They originally split in 2007 and eventually filed for divorce in 2009.

During a separation from his wife, Sean Penn dated the singer Jewel.

Sean Penn co-owns a restaurant in Paris, named Man-Ray, with Johnny Depp, John Malkovich and Mick Hucknall.



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"Insurgent" Debut Might Match "Divergent", Barely

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Despite its overwhelming popularity, which easily drove it to the top of the box office chart, Insurgent's estimated $45 million opening weekend still puts it a few million short of its predecessor,  Divergent's $54,6 million debut. Is this sequel fatigue at work then? Well, while the numbers haven't been confirmed yet, the film might actually catch up to the first movie in the franchise, but only just. It's looking unlikely that Insurgent will match initial estimates of a $60 million debut and it's not because of stiff box office competition. 

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Despite largely negative reviews, Insurgent seems likely to match the success of its predecessor, Divergent.

The other debut this weekend, Sean Penn's The Gunman, is falling far behind - not only compared to Insurgent, but also its own modest expectations, Variety reports. The Open Road thriller, which made just $1,8 million on Friday. Penn stars as an ex-Special Forces soldier with PTSD who's forced to take on one final mission to clear his name. Idris Elba, Javier Bardem and Jasmine Trinca round out the cast. 

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'The Gunman' Turns Sean Penn Into The New Liam Neeson

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After Liam Neeson launched himself as an action star at age 56 with 'Taken' (2008), middle-aged actors are showing up in cinemas to prove that they can take it too. Now with 'The Gunman' (directed by Taken's Pierre Morel), it's Sean Penn's turn. This seems like an unlikely role for the double Oscar winner, but he says he never thinks about his career when he takes on a job.

Sean Penn in 'The Gunman'
Sean Penn in 'The Gunman'

"I'm more of a movie by movie person," he said. "I take each one as its own animal. Harrison Ford made a whole career out of this stuff. So it's not a new trend - it's what I call 'geri-action'! Many of these are 'wink at the audience' kinds of movies, but 'The Gunman' was more a straight line. There were consequences to the violence - that appealed to me more."

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The Gunman Review


While Sean Penn lends this thriller some political subtext, the fact remains that it's actually just another vacuous revenge fantasy from Taken director Pierre Morel. Clearly for Morel, the violence is the point, and any depth of meaning is irrelevant, which leaves the film superficially entertaining but a waste of the considerable talent on-screen.

Penn plays Jim, a charity worker in the wartorn 2006 Democratic Republic of Congo. His hot doctor girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca) has no idea that Jim is secretly a black-ops sniper working with fellow mercenary commandos Cox, Felix and DuPont (Rylance, Bardem and Elba). Then their latest mission requires Jim to disappear. Eight years later in an all-new life, Jim discovers that someone is trying to kill him, so he travels to London to find Cox. When Jim's pursuers turn up, Cox sends him to talk to Felix, who now lives in Barcelona with Annie as his wife. With the mysterious killers still on his trail, Jim heads to Gibraltar to tie up the loose ends with DuPont, and finally discovers the truth about what's going on and who's behind it.

Yes, everything is leading to a brutal confrontation inventively set in a bull-fighting ring. But not much else here is either original or convincing. The whole African politics premise is little more than a plot device, while hopping from Congo to Britain to Spain does little more than change the background scenery. Otherwise, the script is so simplistic that it barely holds water, and each ambush, fight and chase sequence feels like something we've seen before. Especially since everything is both over-choreographed and gratuitously grisly. Still, Morel is great at creating a sense of tension that builds ominously from start to finish, adding some gritty urgency through corrupt politicians and self-serving businessmen. Unfortunately, the film continually sidelines these intriguing ideas for more mindlessly violent mayhem.

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Sean Penn - Richard Arnold interviews Sean Penn for 'Good Morning Britain' the actor is promoting his new movie 'The Gunman'. Shown on ITV1 HD - - Tuesday 17th March 2015

Sean Penn Speaks Of His "Great Affection" For His Ex Wife Madonna

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Sean Penn has spoken of his “great affection” for his ex-wife Madonna, despite the well-publicised turbulence during their marriage.

In an interview with The Times ahead of the release of his new movie The Gunman, the former Oscar-winner spoke about his relationship with the pop legend during the ‘80s. He frequently got into scrapes with paparazzi during that time, and was even arrested for an assault on his then-wife, but he insisted that the problems that the world could see were merely “trivial”.

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Sean Penn with his current girlfriend Charlize Theron

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Sean Penn Will Not Apologize For 'Green Card' Joke At Oscars 2015

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At this 87th annual Academy Awards, which took place on February 22nd, Sean Penn caused controversy when he presented the Oscar for Best Picture to Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

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Penn at the 87th Academy Awards

"Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?" Penn said before announcing the 51-year-old filmmaker's latest movie 'Birdman' as the winner.

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Picture - John Lesher, Sean Penn Alejandro... Los Angeles California United States, Monday 23rd February 2015

John Lesher, Sean Penn Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and James W Skotchdopole - Shots of a variety of stars in the press room at Hollywood's biggest night, the 87th Annual Academy Awards which were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015

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Isn't it great that you are not required to haveintelligence to be in the movies. The fact is, Ienjoy most of the movies you are in, but, quitefrankly, you should not try to impress people withyour opinions. Is the "torture doll" the best youcan come up with to counter the truth about liberals?Don't give up your day job!

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Petenerson

Mr. Penn, I can’t even begin to put into words how I was affected by your presence on the Larry King show Monday night. You are one of the most heartfelt individuals who came on the air and express yourself about Haiti with such sincere feelings. When I saw you on the show, I was under the impression that you were simply going to be like most others who comes on and say two words and leave the subject alone. As you were talking about how bad things are over there and how willing you are to help bring change to this apocalyptic event as you put it, I am telling you... I just couldn’t hold tears. You are so genuine and sincere in your words. Mr. Sean Penn, suddenly you become a different man in my eyes and in my life. I am sure that I am not the only man to see you like that. As Larry King said himself “Sean Penn, I salute you.” The Haitians are thankful for all your efforts and true dedications. Allow me to thank you on behalf of all my people. May God continue to bless your heart and pull away all the negativities and pessimisms that may come your way. Mr. Penn, your last appearance on Larry King on Monday the 15th of February left me with two dreams which I pray to God will become possible one day. You are the only one that can make it happen aside from God. One of my dreams is to meet you one day in person while having the opportunity to shake your hands. I know it’s like asking for the impossible, but meeting you would be one of my dearest accomplishments in life. My second dream is to see myself working side by side with you in Haiti to witness the change that we are hoping to see happening there. My heart is there with you; after all I have good experience in working with people there through disaster time. During the last three or four hurricanes that hits Haiti back to back in 2004, I was able to assist some missionary groups with distributing food and much more. Through translation and interpretation, I helped coordinate the efforts to move around the areas that were mostly in needs. I experienced so many different hard times in Haiti that I have no choice but to remain attached to this country. Now, I am asking for you to help make this dream become a reality. I am willing and ready to move to Haiti just to work by your side. I believe in your work and dedication. I don’t know if my letter will ever reach you or if I can even begin to think that someone will take it to heart and bring it to your attention. One thing I do know though, faith does move mountains and hopefully you will get to read this letter and help change my life.

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Leila marie sai...

I have lost dear ones...and I have justread that your lost your brother...and another lives, the music I've loved.Please, Please listen to my brother'smusic www. stephansmith.com,a friend to Mike Timmons of the Cowboy Junkieswhose wife is one of my best friends,but my brother, who has taken risks like you,you know, it's not easy. we are half Iraqiand that has only rendered us more humane,we have generations of family there...and my mother a part Austrian empire and Jewish laced intellectual pschologistand expert on PTSD. gosh what can I sawthis moment I ask whatever, your wife, Please this is not a fan thingRobin's an amazing actress too.okaywww.stephansmith.comask tom waits, mike david lowery of camper van...,and so many i live my life as a meditation teacheri cannot count his ways, but the time is now.If anything, perhaps a peaceful, huggable lovehelps to soften him for this generation beforehe becomes another Van Gogh,And Love to your Family,Leila

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gasp

Sean, My husband and I are big fans of yours. You have great talent and we make sure to watch any movie you are in. Thanks for the entertainment!

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I Am an American

Wow Sean,I used to like you and your rebel style alot. It's time that you grow up. Stand by your country or proceed to exit with your friends like Susan Sarandon and Alec Baldwin...we are tired of your nonsupport of our great country!

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