Sean Penn

Actor + Director
Born Aug 17, 1960

Sean Justin Penn is an American actor, screenwriter and film director, also known for his left-wing political and social activism (including humanitarian work). He is a two-time Academy Award winner for his roles in Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008), as well as the recipient of a Golden Globe Award for the former and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the latter.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Sean Penn.


1960 Birth Born on August 17, 1960.


1974 13 Years Old 1 More Event
Penn began his acting career in television with a brief appearance in a 1974 episode of Little House on the Prairie, directed by his father Leo Penn.


1981 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Following his film debut in 1981's drama Taps and a diverse range of film roles in the 1980s, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Penn garnered critical attention for his role in the crime drama Carlito's Way (1993). … Read More
1983 - 1985 3 More Events
1987 26 Years Old The relationship was marred by violent outbursts against the press, including one incident when he was arrested for assaulting a photographer on a film set; Penn was sentenced to 60 days in jail in mid-1987, of which he served 33 days. … Read More
1989 28 Years Old Penn and Madonna divorced in 1989.


Penn made his feature film directorial debut with 1991's The Indian Runner, followed by the drama film The Crossing Guard (1995) and the mystery film The Pledge (2001).
1996 35 Years Old Penn and Wright married on April 27, 1996, and lived in Ross, California. The couple filed for divorce in December 2007, but reconciled several months later, requesting a court dismissal of their divorce case. … Read More


In 2002, Penn directed one of the 11 segments of 11'09"01 September 11, a compilation film made in response to the September 11 attacks. … Read More
2003 - 2005 3 More Events
Penn was born in Los Angeles County, California, the son of actor and director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci). His older brother is musician Michael Penn. His younger brother, actor Chris Penn, died in 2006. … Read More
On April 19, 2007, Penn appeared on The Colbert Report and had a "Meta-Free-Phor-All" versus Stephen Colbert that was judged by Robert Pinsky. … Read More
2008 47 Years Old In October 2008, Penn traveled to Cuba, where he met with and interviewed President Raúl Castro.
2009 48 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 22, 2009, Penn received the Academy Award for Best Actor for the film Milk. … Read More
2010 49 Years Old 1 More Event
After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which has been running a 55,000 person tent camp. … Read More


Penn received the designation on January 31, 2012.
2013 52 Years Old Penn is believed to have played a role in getting American entrepreneur Jacob Ostreicher released from a Bolivian prison in 2013, and was credited by Ostreicher for having personally nursed him back to health upon his release.
2015 54 Years Old In 2015, Penn starred in The Gunman, a French-American action thriller based on the novel The Prone Gunman, by Jean-Patrick Manchette. … Read More
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