Chris Penn

Born Oct 10, 1965

Christopher Shannon "Chris" Penn was an American film and television actor known for his roles in such films as The Wild Life, Reservoir Dogs, Footloose, Rush Hour, True Romance, All the Right Moves and Pale Rider and in the videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.… Read More

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1965 Birth In Richard T. Kelly's book, Sean Penn: His Life and Times (2004), Penn's mother indicated that his date of birth was October 10, 1965. … Read More


1979 13 Years Old Penn started acting at the age of 12 at the Loft Studio and made his film debut in 1979’s Charlie and the Talking Buzzard, starring Christopher Hanks.
1983 17 Years Old In 1983, he was featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s youth drama Rumble Fish and appeared in the high school football drama All the Right Moves as the best friend of Tom Cruise's character.
1984 18 Years Old He also appeared in the hit dance movie Footloose in 1984 as the best friend of Kevin Bacon's character; played a villain in the Clint Eastwood western Pale Rider (1985); and co-starred with his brother Sean Penn and mother Eileen Ryan in At Close Range (1986). … Read More


1989 23 Years Old Penn, who had a black belt in karate, appeared in the 1989 motion picture Best of the Best as Travis Brickley, a cocky member of the U.S. Taekwondo team taking on the team from Korea. … Read More
1993 27 Years Old Penn reprised his role in 1993's Best of the Best 2. … Read More


1996 30 Years Old In 1996 he won the award for Best Supporting Actor at the Venice Film Festival for The Funeral. … Read More
2001 35 Years Old In 2001, Penn co-starred opposite Peter Berg as the mafia brothers of Corky in Corky Romano.
2003 37 Years Old In 2003, he appeared on the Will & Grace episode, "Fanilow", as Barry Manilow's tour director and a character who is interested romantically in Will.
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Penn was featured in an episode of the television crime drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent ("Death Roe") during the 2004–2005 season.
2005 39 Years Old Penn played himself on a 2005 episode of the HBO series Entourage. … Read More


Penn was found dead in his condominium on January 24, 2006, at the age of 40. … Read More
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