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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.



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Actor Sean Penn seen dropping his cigarette on the ground and getting into a car while leaving Giorgio Baldi restaurant - Santa Monica, California, United States - Thursday 19th January 2017

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The Angry Birds Movie Review

Very Good

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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Sean Penn Reportedly Files $10 Million Lawsuit Against 'Empire' Co-Creator Lee Daniels


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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 PennSean 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.”

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Emile Hirsch Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Female Movie Exec, Sentenced To 15 Days In Jail


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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 HirschEmile Hirsch at the 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards in L.A. in June 2014. 

Read More: Emile Hirsch Charged With Felony Assault After Choking Female Exec.

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Charlize Theron Adopts A Second Child - A Baby Girl Named August


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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 TheronCharlize Theron at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015.

Read More: Charlize Theron Embarrassed After Extending Strip Club Invitation To President Obama.

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Sean Penn & Charlize Theron Reportedly Split, Calling It Quits After 18 Months


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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 PennCharlize Theron and Sean Penn have reportedly split up.

Read More: Charlize Theron Opens Up About Sean Penn Romance, "I'm A Very, Very Lucky Girl".

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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

Charlize Theron Opens Up About Sean Penn Romance, "I'm A Very, Very Lucky Girl"


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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 theron and sean pennCharlize 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.”

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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 Review


OK

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 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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Charlize Theron and Sean Penn - Charlize Theron and Sean Penn seen leaving Royal Festival Hall at Royal Festival Hall - London, United Kingdom - Monday 16th February 2015

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Charlize Theron and Sean Penn

Sean Penn and Grauman's Chinese Theater Hollywood, California, United States The Los Angeles World Premiere of 'Gangster Squad' held at Grauman's Chinese Theater - Arrivals Monday 7th January 2013

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Josh Brolin, Sean Penn and Grauman's Chinese Theater
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Josh Brolin, Sean Penn and Grauman's Chinese Theater

Sean Penn Monday 23rd August 2010 on the set of his new film 'This Must Be The Place' being filmed on location at Mount street in Dublin. Dublin, Ireland

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Sean Penn

Date of birth

17th August, 1960

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.73


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Sean Penn Movies

The Angry Birds Movie Movie Review

The Angry Birds Movie Movie Review

There's nothing particularly memorable about this frantic animated romp, which adapts the iconic phone-app game...

Angry Birds Trailer

Angry Birds Trailer

Angry Birds Movie is a screen adaptation from the popular game in which we follow...

The Gunman Movie Review

The Gunman Movie Review

While Sean Penn lends this thriller some political subtext, the fact remains that it's actually...

The Gunman Trailer

The Gunman Trailer

He's worked for the same company for years, and one day he is asked to...

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Movie Review

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Movie Review

One of those swoony American dramas that explores life in all its wondrousness, this film...

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Trailer

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Trailer

Walter Mitty is an exceptionally ordinary man who has never dared venture out into the...

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Trailer

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Trailer

Walter Mitty is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life; he wakes up, eats breakfast,...

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Gangster Squad Movie Review

Gangster Squad Movie Review

This may be based on a true story, but the filmmakers never bother exploring the...

Gangster Squad - Trailer Trailer

Gangster Squad - Trailer Trailer

Mickey Cohen is a dangerous Mafia boss with power over the police and the people...

This Must Be The Place Trailer

This Must Be The Place Trailer

Cheyenne is a soft-spoken, retired rockstar still wearing make-up and hairspray whilst living in Dublin...

This Must be the Place Movie Review

This Must be the Place Movie Review

Italian filmmaker Sorrentino creates a Jim Jarmusch-style odyssey from Ireland to America and back. Witty...

The Tree of Life Movie Review

The Tree of Life Movie Review

Malick takes a bold, intensely personal approach to this big story about life, the universe...

The Tree Of Life Trailer

The Tree Of Life Trailer

Watch the trailer for The Tree of LifeThe Tree Of Life is Terrance Malick's first...

Fair Game Movie Review

Fair Game Movie Review

This provocative, fascinating true story is told with so much righteous rage that the politics...

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