Sean PennFast Times at Ridgemont High” that gained him his initial reputation as a Hollywood outcast.
Sean continued to trade in more promising roles for smaller projects, but it was his sudden marriage to mega pop star Madonna that thrust him into the limelight he so much despised. After four years together, the couple split and Sean decided to try his hand at directing with the film “The Indian Runner” (he also later directed the Jack Nicholson film “The Pledge”), but it was his amazing performance as a convict on death row in “Dead Man Walking” that earned him his much-deserved Oscar nomination. That wasn’t Sean’s only near-miss experience with the highly coveted golden statue either, nominated two more times for his work in “Sweet and Lowdown” and “I Am Sam” before finally winning the award for Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River.” Nowadays you’ll probably hear more about Sean’s assertive letters to the president or the “South Park” guys, than his latest film to open in theaters. But then again, he might just like it that way.
Sean On The Web
An online database of Sean's career.
TV Guide: Sean Penn
Sean Penn Videos, Interviews and More on TV Guide's Online Video Guide
The small actor page offers a link-filled biography and plenty of red carpet photos.
The Indian Runner
A decent fan site with an archive of interviews, quotes and actor opinions, among the usual biography fare.
A great collection of politically-themed quotes from the active actor.
Sean Penn's infamous "Washington Post" letter to the President.
Sean on the Screen
Sean has more highs and lows than a theme-park rollercoaster, but audiences know much more of his successes than his failures. Known first and foremost for his comedic work in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," Sean quickly moved on to more series work in films like "Taps," "Colors" and "Carlito's Way" before taking a short break from acting. He returned with full force in the Tim Robbins'-directed "Dead Man Walking" and the war film "The Thin Red Line," as well as starring in more abstract features like Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown" and "Before Night Falls." His most recent starring roles in "21 Grams" and the award-winning "Mystic River" have re-established Sean as one of the best actors of his generation.
We've made it pretty clear how passionate Sean is about the world of politics, but a closer look will only reveal exactly how much. Sean's upcoming films include "All the King's Men," "In Search of Captain Zero," directed by Stacy Peralta, and the medical drama "The Last Face" opposite wife Robin Wright Penn.
On the Record and Loving It
"If there's one thing that actors know —other than there weren't any WMDs— it's that there is no such thing as best in acting."
"We have some good people in politics - it's just that they don't win. In the same way we have some good movies, but they don't succeed in the US."