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 interview with Charlie Rose will be broadcast in full via CBS' '60 Minutes' on Friday.
Sean Penn has used a new interview with CBS’ Charlie Rose to break his silence over his infamous interview with Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the Mexican drug lord who was recently detained by authorities after twice escaping from maximum security prisons in the country.
The Hollywood star’s interview with Guzman appeared on Saturday (January 9th) on the website of Rolling Stone magazine, the day after his arrest. It was conducted at an undisclosed location in Mexico in late 2015, with Guzman allegedly speaking because he wanted his life story to be made into a movie.
Sean Penn has spoken about El Chapo's arrest and his Rolling Stone article for the first time
Some have speculated that Penn's clandestine meeting with Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman in October would lead to prosecution, but legal experts consider this eventuality unlikely.
Sean Penn may or may not be subject to legal investigations by the United States following his clandestine meeting with the convicted drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ in October last year.
Hollywood actor Penn, adopting the real-life role of a reporter for Rolling Stone for the interview, met with Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman in October 2015, who was on the run in Mexico having escaped a maximum security prison in the country back in July.
The head of Sinaloa drugs cartel and whom US authorities believe has brought more than 500 tonnes of cocaine to America over decades, Guzman was apparently then subsequently tracked and eventually apprehended on Friday (January 8th).
As her custody battle with ex-husband Guy Ritchie continues, Madonna has taken to Instagram to defend her parenting skills.
Madonna has taken to Instagram to speak out as her custody battle with ex-husband Guy Ritchie continues. The 57-year-old singer and Ritchie are reportedly gearing up to go to court over custody of their 15-year-old son Rocco, who has refused to return to the US since December.
Continue reading: Madonna: 'It Is Possible To Be A Good Entertainer And A Good Mother'
She submitted the legal document to support her ex-husband in his defamation lawsuit against 'Empire' co-creator Lee Daniels.
Madonna has denied that her ex-husband Sean Penn ever struck her during their short-lived marriage in the 1980s, as she offered up evidence on his behalf of his defamation case against the co-creator of the hit TV show ‘Empire.
Lee Daniels, who helped create the hit Fox show, gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter in September this year defending cast member Terrence Howard, who had come in for criticism after he had admitted hitting his wife. Daniels had said that Howard “ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn,” but because he is black, “he’s some fucking demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”
Sean Penn with former girlfriend Charlize Theron in May 2015
Continue reading: Madonna Submits Court Declaration That Sean Penn Never Assaulted Her
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
The child, named August, is the second baby Theron has adopted, and will be a sibling for 3 year old Jackson.
Charlize Theron has adopted a second child, a baby daughter named August. The Mad Max: Fury Road star has become a mother of two after taking custody of the American-born infant in July.
According to the first report by TMZ and now confirmed by People, the 39 year old actress worked with an adoption agency in the US for six months, and welcomed the African-American girl into her home last month. In 2012, Theron adopted her first child, a boy named Jackson who is now nearly four years old.
Charlize Theron with her adopted son Jackson earlier in 2015
Continue reading: Charlize Theron Adopts Baby Daughter
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 - Celebrities attends the premiere for "Mad Max: Fury Road" for the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. at Cannes Film Festival - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 14th May 2015
Sean Penn and Charlize Theron - A host of stars were snapped as they took to the red carpet for the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival and the premiere of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' in Cannes, France - Thursday 14th 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