Sean Penn

Lowest Rated: 0% Crackers (1984)
Birthday: Aug 17, 1960
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA
Long the bad boy of Hollywood, Sean Penn is also among the most fiercely talented actors of his generation. He was born August 17, 1960, in Burbank, CA, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan and director Leo Penn. He grew up in Santa Monica, in a neighborhood populated by future celebrities Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez, the sons of actor Martin Sheen. Penn's older brother, Michael, is a singer/songwriter-turned- director, while younger sibling Chris is a noted character actor. The children spent much of their free time together, making a number of amateur films shot with Super-8 cameras. Still, Penn's original intention was to attend law school, although he ultimately skipped college to join the Los Angeles Repertory Theater. After making his professional debut on an episode of television's Barnaby Jones, he relocated to New York, where he soon appeared in the play Heartland. A TV-movie, The Killing of Randy Webster, followed in 1981 before he made his feature debut later that same year in Taps.Penn shot to stardom with 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High; as the stoned surfer dude Jeff Spicoli, he stole every scene in which he appeared, helping to elevate the picture into a classic of the teen comedy genre; however, the quirkiness which would define his career quickly surfaced as he turned down any number of Spicoli-like roles to star in the 1983 drama Bad Boys, followed a year later by the Louis Malle caper comedy Crackers and the period romance Racing With the Moon. While none of the pictures performed well at the box office, critics consistently praised Penn's depth as an actor. A turn as a drug addict turned government spy in John Schlesinger's 1985 political thriller The Falcon and the Snowman earned some of his best notices to date, but Penn's performance was quickly lost in the glare of the media attention surrounding his very public romance with pop singer Madonna, which culminated in the couple's 1985 media-circus wedding.While Madonna actively courted press attention, the private Penn made his loathing for the media quite clear; his run-ins with the paparazzi quickly became the stuff of legend, and the notoriety of his temper began to eclipse even his immense acting ability. His penchant for fisticuffs, combined with other civil infractions, ultimately resulted in a 30-day jail sentence; more seriously, his marriage to Madonna began to buckle under the weight of media scrutiny, and, as the couple's star collaboration in the 1987 movie Shanghai Surprise met with box-office disaster, their private relationship was also over. Soured by the Hollywood experience, Penn did not resurface prior to 1988's Colors, which proved to be his biggest hit in some time. He next appeared in Brian DePalma's Vietnam tale Casualties of War, followed by a turn opposite his idol, Robert De Niro, in the 1989 comedy We're No Angels.After starring in the gangster melodrama State of Grace, Penn wrote and directed 1991's The Indian Runner, a film inspired by a Bruce Springsteen song and shaped in the image of the films of John Cassavetes. After an almost unrecognizable turn as a troubled attorney in the 1993 DePalma thriller Carlito's Way, Penn announced his intention to retire from acting in order to focus his full attentions on directing; however, after helming 1995's The Crossing Guard with Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston, he was back onscreen, winning an Academy Award nomination for his gut-wrenching portrayal of a death-row inmate in Tim Robbins' Dead Man Walking. By 1997, Penn's wishes for retirement were but a memory as he enjoyed his busiest year yet: In addition to starring opposite second wife Robin Wright in Nick Cassavetes' She's So Lovely -- roles which won both spouses acting honors at the Cannes Film Festival -- he also appeared in the David Fincher thriller The Game and in Oliver Stone's U-Turn. He found further acclaim the following year for his roles in the adaptation of David Rabe's Hurlyburly and Terrence Malick's The


Highest Rated Movies



38% The Professor and the Madman Dr. W.C. Minor 2019
4% The Last Face Director 2017
44% The Angry Birds Movie Terence $107.6M 2016
No Score Yet El Chapo & Sean Penn: Bungle in the Jungle Actor 2016
67% Sweet Micky For President Actor 2015
56% The Human Experiment Executive Producer Actor 2015
17% The Gunman James Terrier Producer $8M 2015
No Score Yet The Last Photograph Actor 2014
51% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Sean O'Connell $33.3M 2013
No Score Yet Haiti Untold Actor 2013
32% Gangster Squad Mickey Cohen $46M 2013
No Score Yet Crazy for the Storm Director 2013
67% This Must Be The Place Cheyenne $0.2M 2012
85% The Tree of Life Jack $13.4M 2011
97% Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune Actor $0.3M 2011
90% Woody Allen: A Documentary Actor 2011
79% Fair Game Joe Wilson $9.6M 2010
16% Crossing Over Chris Farrell $0.5M 2009
No Score Yet Deflating the Elephant: The Framed Messages Behind Conservative Dialogue Actor 2009
93% Milk Harvey Milk $31.8M 2008
50% What Just Happened? Himself $1.1M 2008
No Score Yet Witch Hunt Executive Producer Narrator 2008
96% Persepolis Ebi (English Version) $4.5M 2007
83% Into the Wild Director Screenwriter Producer $18.2M 2007
88% War Made Easy Narrator 2007
No Score Yet Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride Actor 2006
12% All The King's Men Willie Stark $7.3M 2006
97% When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Actor 2006
57% The Interpreter Tobin Keller $72.6M 2005
67% The Assassination of Richard Nixon Samuel Bicke $0.6M 2004
19% It's All About Love Marciello 2004
93% Riding Giants Narrator $2.1M 2004
90% This So-Called Disaster Actor 2004
No Score Yet Bjork: Inside Bjork Actor 2003
80% 21 Grams Paul Rivers $16.2M 2003
88% Mystic River Jimmy Markum $88.9M 2003
57% Pauly Shore Is Dead Himself 2003
84% Bukowski: Born into This Himself $82.2K 2003
78% 11'09''01 - September 11 Actor Screenwriter Director 2002
35% I Am Sam Sam Dawson $40.3M 2001
35% The Weight of Water Thomas Janes 2001
78% The Pledge Director Producer $18.9M 2001
No Score Yet The Beaver Trilogy Groovin' Larry 2001
92% Dogtown and Z-Boys the narrator Narrator $1.2M 2001
73% Before Night Falls Cuco Sanchez $2.8M 2001
No Score Yet Bruce Springsteen: Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000 Director 2000
60% Poor White Trash Actor 2000
46% Up at the Villa Rowley Flint 2000
77% Sweet and Lowdown Emmet Ray 1999
93% Being John Malkovich Actor 1999
59% Hurlyburly Eddie 1998
80% The Thin Red Line First Sgt. Edward Welsh 1998
31% Hugo Pool Hitchhiker 1997
60% U-Turn Bobby Cooper 1997
73% The Game Conrad 1997
66% She's So Lovely Executive Producer Eddie Producer 1997
No Score Yet Loved Producer Man on the Hill 1997
95% Dead Man Walking Matthew Poncelet 1995
75% The Crossing Guard Director Producer Screenwriter 1995
No Score Yet The Last Party Actor 1993
80% Carlito's Way David Kleinfeld 1993
74% The Indian Runner Screenwriter Director 1991
84% State of Grace Terry Noonan 1990
47% We're No Angels Jim 1989
84% Casualties of War Sgt. Tony Meserve 1989
No Score Yet Cool Blue Phil the Plumber 1988
81% Colors Officer Danny McGavin 1988
No Score Yet Judgment in Berlin Guenther X 1988
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Narrator 1987
13% Shanghai Surprise Glendon Wasey 1986
87% At Close Range Brad Whitewood Jr. 1986
80% The Falcon and the Snowman Daulton Lee 1985
60% Racing With the Moon Henry 'Hopper' Nash 1984
0% Crackers Dillard 1984
78% Fast Times At Ridgemont High Jeff Spicoli 1982
89% Bad Boys Mick O'Brien 1982
71% Taps Alex Dwyer 1981
No Score Yet The Killing of Randy Webster Actor 1981


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66% The First
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100% The Larry Sanders Show
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No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
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