Sean Penn

Sean Penn

Highest Rated: 100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)

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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
45% The Professor and the Madman Dr. W.C. Minor 2019
8% The Last Face Director 2017
43% 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
66% This Must Be The Place Cheyenne $0.2M 2012
84% 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
No Score Yet The People Speak Actor 2009
93% Milk Harvey Milk $31.8M 2008
50% What Just Happened? Himself $1.1M 2008
No Score Yet Witch Hunt Executive Producer 2008
96% Persepolis Ebi (English Version) $4.5M 2007
83% Into the Wild Screenwriter Producer Director $18.2M 2007
88% War Made Easy Narrator 2007
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 Director Actor Screenwriter 2002
35% I Am Sam Sam Dawson $40.3M 2001
35% The Weight of Water Thomas Janes 2001
78% The Pledge Producer Director $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
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 Eddie Executive Producer Producer 1997
No Score Yet Loved Producer Man on the Hill 1997
95% Dead Man Walking Matthew Poncelet 1995
75% The Crossing Guard Screenwriter Director Producer 1995
No Score Yet The Last Party Actor 1993
81% 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
67% Taps Alex Dwyer 1981
No Score Yet The Killing of Randy Webster Actor 1981

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest 2019
2018
2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing 2018
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015-2019
Guest 2018
66% The First
2018
Tom Hagerty 2018
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest 2018
2015
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2018
2016
2015
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
1999
Appearing 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose: The Week
2013-2017
Guest 2016
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest 2016
2015
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
2003
Guest Panelist 2016
2015
2010
2007
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Celebrity Damage Control
2014-2015
Host 2015
2014
No Score Yet Person to Person
2012
Appearing 2012
No Score Yet Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
2005-2012
Appearing 2011
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Appearing 2007
63% Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
Himself 2004
2003
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
1998
1997
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest 1987
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Kid 1974

QUOTES FROM Sean Penn CHARACTERS

Jeff Spicoli says: [driving and stoned] People on 'ludes should not drive.

Paul says: There is a number hidden in every act of life.

Sean O'Connell says: Beautiful things don't ask for attention.

Sean O'Connell says: Beautiful things don't ask for attention.

Sean O'Connell says: Sometimes I don't. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don't like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.

Walter Mitty says: Stay in it?

Sean O'Connell says: Yeah. Right there. Right here.

Willie Stark says: (repeated line) Nail 'em up!

Willie Stark says: Nail 'em up!

Sean O'Connell says: Beautiful things don't ask for attention.

Sean O'Connell says: To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.

Sean O'Connell says: Beautiful things don't ask for attention.

Sean O'Connell says: Beautiful things don't ask for attention.

Danny McGavin says: Hey, Hodges--Uncle Bob, I don't have any problem with you.

Officer Bob Hodges says: Hey, Hodges--Uncle Bob, I don't have any problem with you.

Officer Danny McGavin says: Hey, Hodges, Uncle Bob. I don't have any problems with you.

Bob Hodges says: Oh no. You've got problems with the whole fucking world. And I'm in it. And I don't like it.

Officer Bob Hodges says: Oh no? You've got problems with the whole fucking world. And I'm in it. And I don't like it.

Willie Stark says: They fooled you one thousand times, just like they fooled me. But this time, I'll fool somebody. I'll stay in this race. I'm on my own and out for blood. Listen to me, you hicks! Lift up your eyes and look at God's blessed and uniflown truth. This is the truth! You're a hick himself. Listen to me, listen to me! They were gonna use me to split the vote. But I'm standin' here now on my hind legs. Even a dog can learn to do that. Are you standin' on your hind legs? Have you learned that yet? Here it is, you hicks! Nail up anybody who stands in your way. Nail up Joe Harrison! Nail up McMurphy! If they don't deliver, give me the hammer and I'll do it. I want his throat cut from ear to ear.

Willie Stark says: Time brings all things to light, I trust it so.

Willie Stark says: Remember, it is not that I who have won, but you. Your will is my strength, and your need is my justice, and I shall live in your right and your will. And if any man tries to stop me from fulfillin' that right and that will, I'll break him with my bare hands, for I have strength of many.

Harvey Milk says: My name is Harvey Milk and I'm here to recruit you.

Jeff Spicoli says: Alright Hamilton!

Cheyenne says: My instincts tell me pedantry is an essential characteristic for capturing Nazis.

Cheyenne says: Why is Lady Gaga?

Mickey Cohen says: Here comes Santa Clause!

Mathew Poncelet says: I think killin' is wrong, no matter who does it. whether it's me, or y'all, or your government.

Mickey Cohen says: Here comes Sanity Claus!

Mickey Cohen says: Out here I am God swear to me

Mickey Cohen says: Out here I am God swear to me.

Cheyenne says: No, Jane, I'm not trying to find myself. I'm in New Mexico, not India.

Valerie Plame Wilson says: It's the White House. Do you seriously think you pick a fight with the White House and win? They'll bury us!

Joe Wilson says: They bury us if we don't!

Mickey Cohen says: My whole crop of cunts got ruined.

Toby N. Tucker says: I don't think you know who I am. The name's Toby N. Tucker. People round here call me TNT. You know why?

Bobby Cooper says: Because they're not very imaginative?

Toby N. Tucker says: 'Cause I'm just like dynamite, boy, and when I go off, somebody gets hurt.

Bobby Cooper says: Listen to me you stupid fuck...

Darrell says: No! You listen to me goddamnit! Ya sorry son of a bitch! You owe me money! And this car aint goin' no place 'till I get it!

Bobby Cooper says: You don't know what you're fighting for!

Toby N. Tucker says: My honour! That's what I'm fighting for!

Darrell says: You think bad, and bad's what you'll get.

Bobby Cooper says: That's an interesting philosophy there, Darrell.

Darrell says: Yeah. And no charge.

Bobby Cooper says: I'm here to get my car back.

Darrell says: You got the money?

Darrell says: Two hundred dollars in hundred dollar bills, this morning you was flat out broke.

Bobby Cooper says: That's none of your fucking business.

Darrell says: I don't want no dirty money. I run a clean business!

Jake McKenna says: [walks in on Bobby and Grace kissing] Grace!

Grace McKenna says: Jake! I thought you were in Phoenix.

Jake McKenna says: Who the hell is this?

Bobby Cooper says: Who the hell are you?

Jake McKenna says: I'm her husband!

Bobby Cooper says: Husband?

Grace McKenna says: [indicates his two missing fingers] You should be more careful.

Bobby Cooper says: Yeah I know...

Bobby Cooper says: [looks at Jake] What about him?

Grace McKenna says: Let him watch. I want him to know what he's missing.

Bobby Cooper says: [speaking to Darrell] 40,000 thousand people die every day in the world, why can't you be one of them?

Mickey Cohen says: Los Angeles is my destiny!

Sgt. Jerry Wooters says: That ain't right.

Conrad says: [on Consumer Recreation Services] They make your [Nicholas] life fun.

Jeff Spicoli says: All Right Hamilton!

Jeff Spicoli says: Alright Hamilton!

Jack says: Where were You? You let a boy die. You let anything happen. Why should I be good ? When You aren't.

Jack says: What I want to do, I can't do. I do what I hate.

Daulton Lee says: You're backed by the company. You're one of them.

Mickey Cohen says: You're gonna be begging for a bullet before it's over!

Conrad says: (Holding t-shirt, which reads): I was drugged and left for dead in Mexico - and all I got was this stupid t-shirt.

Conrad says: Holding t-shirt, which reads: I was drugged and left for dead in Mexico - and all I got was this stupid t-shirt.

Jack says: Brother. Keep us. Guide us. To the end of time.

Rachel says: Fear always saves as.

Cheyenne says: always.

Cheyenne says: Always.

Cheyenne says: But you have to choose a moment in your life, even one, to not be afraid.

Rachel says: Have you choose that moment?

Cheyenne says: yes, right now.

Cheyenne says: Yes, right now.

Paul says: [Quoting a Poem] The earth turned to bring us closer. It turned on itself and in us, until it finally brought us together in this dream.

Paul says: [quoting a Poem] The earth turned to bring us closer. It turned on itself and in us, until it finally brought us together in this dream.

Cheyenne says: There's something not quite right about this. I'm not sure what, but something.

Cheyenne says: Persistence...and time...thats what wins girls over. It makes them feel safe.

Mickey Cohen says: BA-BAM!

Jack says: Mother. Father. Always you wrestle inside me.

Cheyenne says: We go from an age of where my life will be that, to thatâ??s life

Cheyenne says: We go from an age of where my life will be that, to that's life.

Cheyenne says: That is not true, but is nice to hear.

Cheyenne says: "There are many ways of dying, the worst of them, is to continue living"

Cheyenne says: There are many ways of dying, the worst of them, is to continue living.

Mickey Cohen says: When I came here I was nothing,back home I was a gangster, now I'm GOD

Mickey Cohen says: When I came here I was nothing,back home I was a gangster, now I'm GOD.

Mickey Cohen says: A cop that's not for sale is like a dog that's got rabies.

Mickey Cohen says: We're standing in the middle of a money makin' machine.

Mickey Cohen says: This isn't a crime wave, it's enemy occupation.

John O'Mara says: I'll need men.

Mickey Cohen says: I'm not an educated man, but I have wits in history. Every kingdom comes of blood, every castle's built on a pile of bones. When I came out here, L.A. was nothin'. Back east I was a gangster...out here, I'm god.

Brad Hamilton says: Hey, you guys had shirts on when you came in here.

Jeff Spicoli says: Well, somethin' happened to 'em, man.

Joe Wilson says: If I yell louder, does that make what I'm saying right!?

Terry Noonan says: So we're like Robin Hood in this instance?

Jackie Flannery says: Yea and I'm Friar Fuck.

Jack says: Brother. Mother. It was they who led me to your door.

Jack says: Brother.

Jeff Spicoli says: "Hey, I know that dude."

Jeff Spicoli says: Hey, I know that dude.

Jack says: Before I knew I loved you, believed in you.

Mathew Poncelet says: I never had no real love myself. I never loved a woman or anybody else or myself, just never could. Might figure I'd have to die to find love. Thank you for loving me.

Harvey Milk says: Forty years old — and I haven't done a thing that I'm proud of.

Harvey Milk says: Forty years old and I haven't done a thing that I'm proud of.

Jack says: I wanted to be loved because I was great. A big man. I'm nothing. Look--the glory all around us, trees, birds. I dishonored it all and didn't notice the glory. A foolish man.

Mr. O'Brien says: Jack! Jack! Hit me! [pushes him over]

Jack says: [falls over]

Mr. O'Brien says: What are you doing? What're you doing?

Jack says: What am I doing?

Jack says: Mother, father; always you wrestle inside me, always you will.

Jack says: Mother, father, always you wrestle inside me, always you will.

David Kleinfeld says: LOYALTY TO YOUR FRIENDS IS GOING GET U KILLED ONE DAY - CARLITO'S WAY

David Kleinfeld says: Loyalty to your friends is going to get you killed one day.

David Kleinfeld says: Fuck you and your self-righteous code of the goddamn streets. Did it pull you out of a 30 year stint in only 5 years? No, it didn't, I did. Did it get you acquitted 4 fucking times? No, it didn't, I did, so fuck you, fuck the streets, your whole goddamn world is this big, and there's only one rule, you save your own ass.

David Kleinfeld says: Fuck you and your self-righteous code of the goddamn streets. Did it pull you out of a 30 year stint in only 5 years? No, it didn't, I did. Did it get you acquitted 4 fucking times? No, it didn't, I did, so fuck you, fuck the streets, your whole goddamn world is this big, and there's only one rule, you save your own ass.

Dan White says: Society can't exist without the family.

Harvey Milk says: We're not against that.

Dan White says: Can two men reproduce?

Harvey Milk says: No, but God knows we keep trying.

Paul says: How many lives do we live? How many times do we die? They say we all lose 21 grams... at the exact moment of our death. Everyone. And how much fits into 21 grams? How much is lost? When do we lose 21 grams? How much goes with them? How much is gained? How much is gained? Twentyone grams. The weight of a stack of five nickels. The weight of a hummingbird. A chocolate bar. How much did 21 grams weigh?

Paul says: How many lives do we live? How many times do we die? They say we all lose 21 grams... at the exact moment of our death. Everyone. And how much fits into 21 grams? How much is lost? When do we lose 21 grams? How much goes with them? How much is gained? How much is gained? Twenty-one grams. The weight of a stack of five nickels. The weight of a hummingbird. A chocolate bar. How much did 21 grams weigh?

Pvt. Witt says: Do you ever get lonely?

Pvt. Witt says: Do you ever feel lonely?

First Sgt. Edward Welsh says: Only around people.

First Sgt. Edward Welsh says: Everything a lie. Everything you hear, everything you see. So much to spew out. They just keep coming, one after another. You're in a box. A moving box. They want you dead, or in their lie... There's only one thing a man can do - find something that's his, and make an island for himself. If I never meet you in this life, let me feel the lack; a glance from your eyes, and my life will be yours.

Jack says: Mother, Father. Always you wrestle inside me; Always you will...

Jack says: Mother, Father. Always you wrestle inside me.

Paul says: Did you know that eating alone could cause kidney damage? And that's BAD.

Jimmy Markum says: I remember, I was more afraid of my little daughter than I ever was of being in prison.

Jimmy Markum says: We bury our sins here, Dave. We wash them clean.

First Sgt. Edward Welsh says: In this world, a man, himself, is nothing. And there ain't no world but this one.

First Sgt. Edward Welsh says: I might be your best friend, and you don't even know it.

Harvey Milk says: All men are created equal. No matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words.

Harvey Milk says: Without hope, life's not worth living.

Jeff Spicoli says: Hey, Bud, let?s party!

Jeff Spicoli says: Hey, Bud, let's party!

Joe Wilson says: The responsibility of a country is not in the hands of a privileged few. We are strong, and we are free from tyranny as long as each one of us remembers his or her duty as a citizen. Whether it's to report a pothole at the top of your street or lies in a State of the Union address, speak out! Ask those questions. Demand that truth. Democracy is not a free ride, man. I'm here to tell you. But, this is where we live. And if we do our job, this is where our children will live. God bless America.