Sean Penn (born 17.8.1960) 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.
Penn's first novel, with the bizarre title 'Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff', has not gone down well with critics, it's safe to say.
Actor Sean Penn is enduring a rough first venture into world of writing, with several highly negative reviews of his first novel being posted over the last week or so.
Since its publication on Tuesday (March 27th), critics have absolutely slated the 57 year old’s first novel, titled ‘Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff’, which has been described during its promotional push as about a “contract killer for an off-the-books program[me] run by a branch of US intelligence that targets the elderly, the infirm and others who drain this consumption-driven society of its resources.”
However, Penn has seemingly used the book to address the current state of the world, making reference a fictional president described as a “violently immature 70 year old boy-man” and concluding with a poetic epilogue that calls the #MeToo movement “a toddler's crusade”.
Continue reading: Sean Penn's Debut Novel Receives Critical Shellacking
Penn met the infamous Mexican drug-lord 'El Chapo' back in October 2015, and is concerned the new Netflix documentary misrepresents what happened.
Lawyers representing the movie star Sean Penn have apparently warned streaming giant Netflix that their new documentary about the captured Mexican drug-lord ‘El Chapo’ places the Hollywood actor in danger.
In a letter sent to Netflix that the New York Times has reportedly had sight of in the last week, Penn’s attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr. told the streaming service that “blood will be on their hands if this film causes bodily harm” to the star, apparently because Penn believes the documentary suggests that he had some role in helping US authorities capture El Chapo.
The film, titled The Day I Met El Chapo, concerns an October 2015 meeting between Penn, Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and drug-trafficker El Chapo (real name Joaquin Guzman Loera), one of the most wanted men in the world.
Continue reading: Sean Penn In Dispute With Netflix Over New El Chapo Documentary
Madonna was married to Penn from 1985 to 1989.
The former couple appeared onstage together during a star-studded gala to raise money for her Raising Malawi charity at Art Basel in Miami.
Madonna still loves ex Sean Penn
Continue reading: Madonna Declares Her Love For Ex-Husband Sean Penn, Again
There's nothing particularly memorable about this frantic animated romp, which adapts the iconic phone-app game into a movie using a rather corny plot. But the film is so random that it can't help but get the audience laughing. Youngsters will be delighted by the brightly coloured wackiness, while adults will chuckle at the steady stream of grown-up visual and verbal gags, many of which are frankly surprising to find in a children's movie.
It's set on the isolated Bird Island, where the residents have never learned how to fly and believe they are the only life in the sea. In their tight-knit community, Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is an outcast because of his too-independent thinking. He's ordered to take anger management classes with groovy guru Matilda (Maya Rudolph), where his fellow students are the hyperactive Chuck (Josh Gad), the hulking Terence (Sean Penn) and the explosive Bomb (Danny McBride). Then a pig named Leonard (Bill Hader) arrives on the island, introducing new technology like sling shots and trampolines and planning a big party. But of course he has a much more nefarious intention that only Red can see. In need of help, Red takes Chuck and Bomb in search of the mythical Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage), the only bird on the island who can fly.
There's a slightly nagging sense that Donald Trump wrote this script (it's about a guy who's ignored as he obnoxiously shouts about the dangers of letting strangers into the community, then is proved right). But the film is so utterly ridiculous that it's impossible to take this rather dodgy theme seriously. What's even more odd is how much of the humour is aimed at grown-ups, including innuendo, puns, gross-out gags and unexpected violence, most of which will go over young viewers' heads. But it's so unfocussed that the only response is to laugh in disbelief that someone thought a joke so near-the-knuckle was appropriate for a kids' movie.
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Angry Birds Movie is a screen adaptation from the popular game in which we follow the journey of its main protagonist Red's (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) life from him being bullied at school to his feelings of exclusion in later life. The film is set on an island that is populated with flightless birds whom are mostly happy with their life on the island except Red who suffers with keeping his temper under control.
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The suit stems from comments Daniels made about Penn in a recent interview.
Sean Penn has reportedly filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against 'Empire' co-creator Lee Daniels. The complaint, which was filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court, comes after a recent interview Daniels gave to The Hollywood Reporter, where he referenced Penn while speaking about Terrence Howard’s recent domestic violence lawsuit.
Sean Penn has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Lee Daniels.
In the interview Daniels said, "(Howard) ain't done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he's some (expletive) demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”
Emile Hirsch appeared in a Utah court on Monday (17th August) and, after pleading guilty to assaulting a female movie executive, was sentenced to 15 days jail time, a fine and community service.
Emile Hirsch has pleaded guilty to the assault of a woman at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015. The 30-year-old actor has reportedly been sentenced to 15 days in prison and 50 hours of community service. He will also have to pay a $4,750 fine.
Emile Hirsch at the 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards in L.A. in June 2014.
Charlize Theron has welcomed a second child, an adopted baby girl from the U.S.
Charlize Theron has welcomed a new addition to her family. The Mad Max: Fury Road actress has adopted a new-born baby, a little girl. According to reports, Theron has been negotiating with the US adoption agency for the past six months but she took custody of the baby in July.
Charlize Theron at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015.
Continue reading: Charlize Theron Adopts A Second Child - A Baby Girl Named August
Sean Penn and Charlize Theron have separated, multiple sources confirm.
Sean Penn and Charlize Theron are no longer a couple, sources claim. The news was first reported on Wednesday by a US entertainment website. Their split has come as a shock for many as the former couple appeared incredibly happy and very much together at the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere in Los Angeles only last month.
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn have reportedly split up.
Sean Penn and Charlize Theron - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the premiere of the new action movie 'Mad Max: Fury Road' which was held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 8th May 2015
Theron has spoken about how her 20 year friendship with Penn turned into love.
Charlize Theron has described herself as a “very, very lucky girl” while discussing her relationship with Sean Penn. The 39 year old actress was speaking to Esquire about her relationship with 54 year Penn, who she was friends with for 20 years before romance blossomed.
Charlize and Sean are rumoured to be planning a trip down the aisle.
"We’ve been friends for twenty years,” Charlize told the magazine. "He was married [to ex-wife Robin Wright], I was in a long-term relationship [with Stuart Townsend], our spouses—not regularly, but we were in each other’s lives. I think our friendship stemmed from mutual respect—more on my end, because I really didn’t have a body of work twenty years ago, but my love and passion for making films—that was our common ground.”
Date of birth
17th August, 1960
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