Sean Justin Penn is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama Mystic River and the biopic Milk. Penn began his acting career in television, with a brief appearance in episode 112 of Little House on the Prairie.
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Sean Justin Penn is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama Mystic River and the biopic Milk. Penn began his acting career in television, with a brief appearance in episode 112 of Little House on the Prairie on December 4, 1974, and directed by his father Leo Penn. In addition to his film work, Penn has engaged in political and social activism, including his criticism of the George W. Bush administration, his contact with the Presidents of Cuba and Venezuela, and his humanitarian work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Penn was born in Santa Monica, California, to actor and director Leo Penn, and actress Eileen Ryan. His older brother is musician Michael Penn. His younger brother, actor Chris Penn, died in 2006. Penn is married to actress and producer Amy Poehler, and has two children. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the National Board of Review of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was nominated for his performance in the film Dead Man Walking for his role as a racist murderer on death row in The Academy Awards first recognized his work in The Dead and Lowdown. He received his third nomination after portraying a mentally handicapped father in I am Sam. In 2004, Penn played a character, Samuel Bicck, who attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon in The Assassination of Richard Nixon, based on the 1946 novel All The King’s King by Robert Warren.
Penn portrayed Willie Stark in an adaptation of Robert Warren’s All All the King’s King, an American crime novel based on Samuel By. The King. Penn directed one of the 11 segments of 11’09’01 September 11, a compilation film made in response to the September 11 attacks. He appeared in the hit comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High, in the role of surfer-stoner Jeff Spicoli; his character helped popularize the word “dude” in popular culture. Penn made his feature film directorial debut with The Indian Runner, followed by the drama film The Crossing Guard, and the mystery film The Pledge ; all three were critically well-received. Penn starred in the drama At Close Range which received critical acclaim. He stopped acting for a few years in the early 1990s, having been dissatisfied with the industry, and focused on making directing debut. He won a Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for the Nick Cassavetes-directed She’s So Lovely, and two Best Actor Awards for the indie film Hurlyburly and the drama 21 Grams. Penn won his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003 for Mystic River, and a second one in 2008 for Milk. His fourth feature film, the biographical drama survival movie Into the Wild, garnered critical acclaim and two Academy Award nominations. Penn played Andrew Daulton Lee in the movie The Falcon and the Snowman, which closely followed an actual criminal case.