Sean Penn An actor, writer, director and producer. He was born August 17, 1960, in Burbank, California. He grew up in Los Angeles and joined Santa Monica High School, along with associate students and potential actors Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, and Rob Lowe. His mother, Eileen Ryan, is an actress who appeared in Magnolia, released in late 1999. His father, Leo Penn, who died in 1998, was an actor-turned-director who was blacklisted during the 1940s and 1950s when he declined to name names of Communist sympathizers in Hollywood. His brother Christopher was an actor who died in January, and his surviving brother Michael, is a rock musician. A social and political activist, He has publicly denounced the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. He Acting Career A premature curiosity in filmmaking, particularly directing, guided him to an infatuation for acting, and he moved to New York City when he was 19 to practice a career as an actor. He soon got a part in a Broadway play, Heartland. In 1981, He made his first appearance; in the military school play Taps, together with star Timothy Hutton and Tom Cruise. His infiltrate role came a year later, when he played continuously stoned surfer Jeff Spicoli in the high school comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He acquired commendation for his first starring role, in 1983's Bad Boys and for The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), also starring Hutton. In 1985, he increased a complete new measure of recognition when he married pop singer Madonna. Their turbulent four year marriage shaped into one gloomy movie, 1986's Shanghai Surprise, and a bombardment of sensationalist headlines. Penn's "bad boy" image only increased with his continued unfriendliness towards the violent paparazzi - he served 34 days in prison in 1987 for punching an additional who had attempted to take his picture on the set of the film Colors, co-starring Robert Duvall and directed by Dennis Hopper. He and Madonna separated in 1989. In 1991, two years after earning blather evaluations for his show in Casualties of War (1989), directed by Brian De Palma and co-starring Michael J. Fox, Penn directed his first film, the little seen feature The Indian Runner. Though he had stated Sean Penn was given up acting, he was back in front of the camera in 1993, playing a coke-addled criminal lawyer in De Palma's Carlito?s Way, co-starring Al Pacino. In 1995, he appeared as a death row prisoner probing for rescue in the grave and admired success he Walking, directed by Tim Robbins and co-starring Susan Sarandon.His commanding performance earned him his first Academy Award recommendation, for Best Actor. That same year, he penned, produced, and directed The Crossing Guard, a dark performance starring his boyhood idol, Jack Nicholson. His edgy good looks and unquestionable aptitude might have secured him a position among Hollywood's A-list leading men; in its place, he has mostly mistreated headline roles in big-budget films in favor of definitely unheroic roles in darker, more modest films, with unstable degrees of success. He appeared as an obsessed, envious husband in Nick Cassavetes's she’s So Lovely (1997), co-starring John Travolta and Penn's real-life wife, Robin Wright Penn. Although he won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival, She's so Lovely did not draw a wide audience. he appeared in two other major films in 1997: the badly received U-Turn, directed by Oliver Stone and co-starring Nick Nolte and Jennifer Lopez, and the hit action crime story The Game, starring Michael Douglas. In Hurlyburly (1998), He reprised a role he had played on the Los Angeles stage in 1988, co-starring with Kevin Spacey as a atrocious, misogynistic Hollywood agent. In 1998, he also appeared in the gravely much-admired World War II drama, The Thin Red Line, directed by Terrence Malick. In 1999, the impulsive he took Hollywood by surprise when he acquired a second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, turning in an additional searing, darkly multifaceted performance as the degenerate jazz guitarist at the center of Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown, alongside fellow Oscar-nominee Samantha Morton. In 2000, he appeared in the romantic Up in the Villa, with Kristen Scott Thomas, and The Weight of Water. His third directorial feature, the thriller The Pledge, starred Nicholson and Robin Wright Penn. In 2002, he appeared opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in I Am Sam, playing a psychologically immobilize man who fights to recover guardianship of his young daughter. The subsequent year, He acted in Clint Eastwood's small town production Mystic River, for which he got an Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2006, he appeared as Willie Stark, an imaginary character based insecurely on Louisiana governor Huey Long, in All the King's Men.