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Chris Penn

Highest Rated:   95% Short Cuts (1993)
Lowest Rated:   6% Corky Romano (2001)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
82% Aftermath
  • Tony Bricker
2013
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
2004
42% Palindromes
  • Actor
2004
64% Starsky & Hutch
  • Manetti
2004
No Score Yet Shelter Island
  • Sheriff Deluca
2003
24% Masked and Anonymous
  • Crew Guy No. 2
2003
9% Stealing Harvard
  • David Loach
2002
31% Murder by Numbers
  • Ray
2002
No Score Yet Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang)
  • Bubba
2001
6% Corky Romano
  • Peter Romano
2001
52% Rush Hour 2
  • Actor
2001
65% Bread and Roses
  • Himself (uncredited)
2001
No Score Yet Redemption
  • Tony Leggio
2001
No Score Yet Celebrating AFI
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet The Florentine
  • Producer
  • Bobby
1999
No Score Yet Cement
  • Bill Holt
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
1998
No Score Yet The Boys Club
  • Luke Cooper
1997
79% The Funeral
  • Chez
1996
31% 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 Kanevsky
1995
No Score Yet Fist of the North Star
  • Jackal
1995
No Score Yet Under the Hula Moon
  • Turk Dickson
1995
56% Imaginary Crimes
  • Jarvis
1994
27% Beethoven's 2nd
  • Floyd
1994
95% Short Cuts
  • Jerry Kaiser
1993
92% True Romance
  • Nick Dimes
1993
20% The Pickle
  • Gregory Stone
1993
11% Best of the Best 2
  • Travis Brickley
1993
14% Josh and S.A.M.
  • Derek Baxter
1993
90% Reservoir Dogs
  • Nice Guy Eddie
1992
No Score Yet Future Kick
  • Bang
1991
6% Mobsters
  • Tommy Reina
1991
No Score Yet Futurekick
  • Actor
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
86% At Close Range
  • Tommy Whitewood
1986
92% Pale Rider
  • Josh LaHood
1985
No Score Yet The Wild Life
  • Tom Drake
1984
53% Footloose
  • Willard
1984
53% All the Right Moves
  • Brian
1983
71% Rumble Fish
  • B.J. Jackson
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Pete Wilton
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Tommy Onerato
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Rudy

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