Chris Penn

Highest Rated: 95% Short Cuts (1993)
Lowest Rated: 6% Corky Romano (2001)
Birthday: Oct 10, 1965
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Although Chris Penn has achieved little of the critical acclaim and none of the notoriety of his older brother, Sean, the rotund actor has become a familiar supporting player and character actor who hasn't had to rely on Sean, either. The brothers have appeared together only once, in the 1986 film At Close Range; in the meantime, Chris has made a name for himself in projects ranging in tone and purpose from Footloose (1984) to Reservoir Dogs (1992).The son of director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan, and the brother of singer Michael Penn in addition to actors Sean and Matthew, Chris Penn was born on June 10, 1962, in Los Angeles. The actor, sometimes credited as Christopher Penn, started out in the profession at age 12, under the tutelage of Peggy Feury at the Loft Studio in Los Angeles. His film breakthrough came in Francis Ford Coppola's teen gang movie Rumble Fish (1983), which cast him opposite Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke. But it wasn't until Footloose the following year that Penn captured his first truly memorable role. As the burly best buddy of Kevin Bacon's rebellious dance proponent, Penn's simple decency shone through, especially in the lively production number in which his character awkwardly learns to dance, to the strains of Denise Williams' "Let's Hear It for the Boy."Penn's supporting work continued through the 1980s in films like Pale Rider (1985) before he became affiliated with organized crime movies, on both sides of the law, in the 1990s. Two collaborations with Quentin Tarantino in particular solidified this association. In the first, 1992's Reservoir Dogs, Penn played Nice Guy Eddie, the obedient son of Lawrence Tierney's mob boss. Screenwriting for director Tony Scott, Tarantino then helped Penn get cast in True Romance (1993) as a narcotics officer. From this point on, Penn began appearing in a handful of films each year, first and perhaps most notably as the frustrated husband of a phone sex operator (Jennifer Jason Leigh) in Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993).Penn continued his criminal film streak with such projects as Mulholland Falls (1996), The Funeral (1996), and One Tough Cop (1998). In 2001, he spoofed his tough guy image by appearing as the brother of comedian Chris Kattan, the novice mob operative of the title, in Corky Romano.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Aftermath Tony Bricker $3.5K 2014
65% Holly Freddie 2007
25% The Darwin Awards Tom 2006
No Score Yet Juarez: Stages Of Fear Actor 2005
18% After the Sunset Rowdy Fan $28.4M 2004
43% Palindromes Actor $0.5M 2004
62% Starsky & Hutch Manetti $87.2M 2004
No Score Yet Shelter Island Sheriff Deluca 2003
25% Masked and Anonymous Crew Guy No. 2 $0.2M 2003
9% Stealing Harvard David Loach $14M 2002
31% Murder by Numbers Ray $31.9M 2002
No Score Yet Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Bubba 2001
6% Corky Romano Peter Romano 2001
67% Bread and Roses Himself (uncredited) 2001
No Score Yet Redemption Tony Leggio 2001
No Score Yet Celebrating AFI Actor 2000
No Score Yet Cement Bill Holt 1999
No Score Yet The Florentine Producer Bobby 1999
24% One Tough Cop Duke 1998
No Score Yet Trail of a Serial Killer Actor 1998
60% Rush Hour Clive 1998
48% Deceiver Braxton $0.6M 1998
No Score Yet The Boys Club Luke Cooper 1997
79% The Funeral Chez 1996
30% Mulholland Falls Arthur Relyea 1996
41% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Sheriff Dollard 1995
No Score Yet Celebrating AFI Actor 1995
No Score Yet Sacred Cargo Vince 1995
No Score Yet Fist of the North Star Jackal 1995
No Score Yet Under the Hula Moon Turk Dickson 1995
60% Imaginary Crimes Jarvis 1994
23% Beethoven's 2nd Floyd 1994
95% Short Cuts Jerry Kaiser 1993
92% True Romance Nick Dimes 1993
20% The Pickle Gregory Stone 1993
10% Best of the Best 2 Travis Brickley 1993
25% Josh and S.A.M. Derek Baxter 1993
91% Reservoir Dogs Nice Guy Eddie 1992
No Score Yet Future Kick Bang 1991
6% Mobsters Tommy Reina 1991
No Score Yet Leather Jackets Big Steve 1990
No Score Yet Best of the Best Travis Brickley 1989
No Score Yet Made in USA Tuck 1987
87% At Close Range Tommy Whitewood 1986
92% Pale Rider Josh LaHood 1985
No Score Yet The Wild Life Tom Drake 1984
51% Footloose Willard 1984
52% All the Right Moves Brian 1983
70% Rumble Fish B.J. Jackson 1983


66% Entourage
Himself Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Tommy Onerato
  • 2005
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
Pete Wilton
  • 2003
No Score Yet Will & Grace
  • 2003
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Wounded Soldier
  • 1982