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Sean Penn

Lowest Rated:   0% Crackers (1984)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
8% The Last Face
  • Director
2017
No Score Yet The Professor and the Madman
  • Dr. W.C. Minor
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
31% Gangster Squad
  • Mickey Cohen
$46M 2013
No Score Yet Crazy for the Storm
  • Director
2013
65% 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
95% 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
94% Milk
  • Harvey Milk
$31.8M 2008
51% What Just Happened?
  • Himself
$1.1M 2008
No Score Yet Witch Hunt
  • Executive Producer
  • Narrator
2008
96% Persepolis
  • Ebi (English Version)
$4.5M 2007
82% 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
11% 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
56% The Interpreter
  • Tobin Keller
$72.6M 2005
68% The Assassination of Richard Nixon
  • Samuel Bicke
$0.6M 2004
14% 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
87% Mystic River
  • Jimmy Markum
$88.8M 2003
57% Pauly Shore Is Dead
  • Himself
2003
83% Bukowski: Born into This
  • Himself
$82.2k 2003
78% 11'09''01 - September 11
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2002
34% I Am Sam
  • Sam Dawson
$40.3M 2001
34% 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 narratorNarrator
$1.2M 2001
73% Before Night Falls
  • Cuco Sanchez
$2.8M 2001
No Score Yet Bruce Springsteen: Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000
  • Director
2000
56% Poor White Trash
  • Actor
2000
46% Up at the Villa
  • Rowley Flint
2000
78% Sweet and Lowdown
  • Emmet Ray
1999
93% Being John Malkovich
  • Actor
1999
60% Hurlyburly
  • Eddie
1998
78% The Thin Red Line
  • First Sgt. Edward Welsh
1998
31% Hugo Pool
  • Hitchhiker
1997
59% U-Turn
  • Bobby Cooper
1997
72% 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
79% 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
86% At Close Range
  • Brad Whitewood Jr.
1986
84% 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
75% Taps
  • Alex Dwyer
1981
No Score Yet The Killing of Randy Webster
  • Actor
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose: The Week
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Actor
  • Panelist
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2010
  • 2007
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Person to Person
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Appearing
  • 2007
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Himself
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1987
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Kid
  • 1974

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