Sean Penn

American actor, director Sean Penn

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.
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Sean Penn calls Trump an enemy of compassion, mankind
Fox News - about 1 month
The actor takes aim at the president over the Haiti controversy.
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Sean Penn: Donald Trump Is An Enemy Of Compassion And Of The State
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Penn also called Trump “an enemy of mankind."
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Sean Penn battles with Netflix over 'El Chapo' documentary series
Fox News - 4 months
Sean Penn’s lawyers warn a Netflix documentary series released on Friday about drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman could put the actor in danger.
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Sean Penn is heading to Hulu
CNN - 5 months
Fresh off a few major wins at Sunday's Emmy Awards, Hulu has just scored a big-name star for one of its upcoming shows.
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Kit Harington, The King In The North, Calls Trump A 'Con Artist'
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Oliver Stone On Interviewing Putin, Documenting Snowden, And Making Controversial Choices
Huffington Post - 10 months
From “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July” to “Snowden,” director Oliver Stone’s film projects have zoomed in on some tough topics and larger-than-life figures. In this week’s edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” Stone—who is not one to shy away from challenges or controversies—tells Robert Scheer what has motivated him to choose the subjects he has brought to screens big and small. “I’ve always managed—miraculously—to do what I wanted to do,” Stone says. “I never did a movie because it was good for my career.” Scheer recalls Stone’s dogged determination to make sure that author Ron Kovic’s book “Born on the Fourth of July” became a film with Stone at the helm. Scheer also engages the director on other topics, including Stone’s upcoming documentary that features lengthy interviews with Vladimir Putin. “The Putin Interviews” will screen on Showtime beginning June 12. Stone has conducted filmed interviews with other “unpopular figures,” as he puts it, such as ...
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Sean Penn Confirms Steve Bannon Was A 'Bitter Hollywood Wannabe'
Huffington Post - 11 months
Steve Bannon doesn’t seem to be having a great week. Along with losing his spot on the National Security Council and feuding with President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the White House chief strategist now has Sean Penn attacking him. Penn worked with Bannon for the actor’s directorial debut, “The Indian Runner” in 1991. Bannon served as the executive producer and was still early in his career of bankrolling movies after leaving Goldman Sachs. Toward the end of Bannon’s bad past few days, Death and Taxes was able to reach Penn for a comment about his time working with Bannon. Penn didn’t have nice things to say. Bannon was then, as he is now, simply another bitter Hollywood wannabe who went rogue by way of toxic narcissistic iconoclasm. But, deep in his heart, he’s just a conniving hateful bloated punk who despises mankind. And then there are also the bad things about him… Bannon was then, as he is now, simply another bitter Hollywood wannabe who wen...
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Madonna to Sean Penn: 'I still love you'
CNN - about 1 year
Madonna proclaimed her love for ex-husband Sean Penn at her charity auction in Miami, claiming to remarry him if he bid $150,000 on a necklace.
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Build Your Own Door
Huffington Post - about 1 year
And sometimes you might decide to build your very own door yourself. A different Door. That's what happened to me. That's how my twenty-some years in the movie business became the books The Rebel Princess and All The Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them. Both on their way to the screen. Before those film years, I had written and published short stories, articles, theatre reviews and a scholarly book about our adversary trial system, Injustice For All. None of which quite paid the rent. So I became a Unit Publicist in Hollywood - working, film to film, to collect and write about everything/anything that the studio might eventually use to promote its product. The film business, I discovered, paid well; its union benefits were excellent. I enjoyed the travel entailed. I was delighted to fly to foreign countries first class, thrilled to find myself in London or Madrid or Douala or Hong Kong in an excellent hotel - all on the company's dime. I enjoyed the adventures and the peop...
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From Burroughs to Uncle Howard: An Interview with Aaron Brookner
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The new documentary Uncle Howard is an inspired compilation of recovered footage, interviews, a story of discovery by Aaron Brookner, a filmmaker who followed in his uncle's craft. A passing of a baton, you could say, Uncle Howard reflects Aaron Brookner's determination to ensure his uncle's legacy. Aaron was seven when Howard Brookner, died of AIDS in 1989. Some family films show them together, a handsome, charming young man with a cute little boy. In 1983, Howard Brookner's biopic Burroughs was featured in the New York Film Festival, and then lost. Aaron found the film at the Bunker, Burroughs' residence on the Bowery, and this year Criterion released the DVD thanks to Aaron Brookner's work on restoring his uncle's work. But more, Aaron found enough additional footage to create this homage, with producers Jim Jarmusch and Sara Driver who remembers this talented group including Howard as student filmmakers together excited by the chance to tell stories in new ways in film. Coming f...
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Richard's Picks: Best Hotels in the World, Fall 2016
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The wisdom of the crowd is a beautiful thing, except when it's not. When it comes to matters of taste, the pack tends to push quality assessments to a lower common denominator. That can be good when the bar is a best-surprise-is-no-surprise epistemology, but if you seek quality of a different metric...say, personality, artistic rendition, personalized service, even singularity, then crowd sourcing may not be the best way to go. Rotten Tomatoes is a great example, as the movie goers rarely give same marks as the professional critics, and I often align with a particular critic and take his word over the crowd. Even TripAdvisor is problematic, at least for me, beyond the suspect reviews, as the average hotel guest has appetites quite different from my own. My work takes me to a blur of hotels each year, and I have developed a stick for certain qualities, from the magic of a daring vista, to the diacritic bathroom notions, the embroidery of comfort, and the intrigue of options. ...
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WATCH: Sean Penn Reportedly Seen Kissing 24-Year-Old
ABC News - over 1 year
"The View" co-hosts discuss dating and relationships with younger people.
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Tiarah Poyau's Murder Exposes The Black Male Fragility We Don't Talk About
Huffington Post - over 1 year
All 22-year-old Tiarah Poyau said was: “Get off me.” The graduate student at St. John’s University had aspirations of becoming an accountant at a top firm. On Monday, she took a break from her studies for celebration at Brooklyn’s West Indian J’Ouvert festival. But what should have been a day of good food, laughter and dancing turned into a nightmare.  At around 4 a.m., while walking with some of her friends along the parade route, Poyau was approached by 20-year-old Reginald Moise who reportedly began grinding on her without her consent. Poyau told him, “Get off me.” Moise then pulled out a gun and shot her in the eye at close range.  He shot her.  Moise was so shaken by the thought of rejection, by the idea that he was not entitled to Poyau’s body that he actually ended her life. According to reports, the 20-year-old told one friend that he didn’t know the gun was loaded. Either way, his violent response to Poyau is a prime example of how black male fragility is killing b...
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Sean Penn Wanted To Give His Son Hopper A Truly Rare First Name
Huffington Post - over 1 year
If you thought George Costanza's attempt to name his child Seven on "Seinfeld" was bad, just remember it could be a lot worse.  Hopper Penn, the son of Sean Penn and Robin Wright, opened up about his unusual first name in Interview magazine and ended up revealing a lot more than we bargained for.  "It has to do with Dennis Hopper; my dad was friendly with him and idolized him," Hopper said. "My dad wanted to name me Steak, the food, because he loves it so much."   No offense to anyone named Steak (Do you exist?!), but to anyone outside of Los Angeles or certain celebrity circles, that name sounds like it's meant to be made fun of. Luckily, Wright, Penn's now ex-wife, was having none of it.  "But my mom was never going to go for it," Hopper said. "What they told me is that I hopped in her stomach, I didn't kick, so they went with that."  Though if Hopper was named Steak, we bet he'd get along with Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's daughter, Apple.  The 22-year-old ...
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Kathy Griffin: "No One Has The Donald Trump Stories I Have"
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
As she tours the country on her ever-growing eighty stop comedy tour, Kathy Griffin is eviscerating Kardashians, Donald Trump, and everyone in between. With razor sharp wit and masterful timing, Griffin is the go-to performer to get the real deal on current events and pop culture, mostly because she knows them personally! We sat down with her as she prepared for the Wild West Comedy Festival to chat about Blac Chyna, her darling and wine swilling mother Maggie, and Mr. Trump himself. So I have managed to get some free time with you on your insane eighty stop tour! Next up; Nashville for the Wild West Comedy Festival on May 21st! How is it going to be doing Kathy Griffin in the red state of Tennessee? My show in Nashville is going to be all new material! Here's the thing; Tennessee is a red state but Nashville is a blue city. I'm gonna give em' a beat down about this "HB1840" law thing, I'm gonna hassle em! You know, it's getting crazier, and that's where I come in. One ...
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Timeline
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    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 55
    Penn dropped the lawsuit in May 2016 after Daniels retracted his statement and apologized.
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    Penn's fifth directorial feature The Last Face (2016) premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
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    In January 2016, Penn published an interview (conducted in October 2015) with Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in Rolling Stone.
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  • 2015
    Age 54
    Penn was alleged to have struck Madonna on multiple occasions, but in 2015 Madonna stated the allegations were "completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false”.
  • 2013
    Age 52
    In December 2013, Penn began dating actress Charlize Theron. The two announced their engagement in December 2014. Theron ended their relationship in June 2015.
  • 2012
    Age 51
    On March 24, 2012, Penn also visited Bilquis Edhi Female Child Home and met Pakistan’s iconic humanitarian worker Abdul Sattar Edhi and his wife, Bilquis Edhi.
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    On March 23, 2012, he visited flood-stricken villages of Karim Bux Jamali, Dargah Shah Gurio and Peero Lashari in Badin District.
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    Penn gained significant attention in the Pakistan media when he visited Karachi and Badin in 2012.
    In February 2012, Penn met with the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, in Buenos Aires where he made a statement on the long-running dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands, saying: "I know I came in a very sensitive moment in terms of diplomacy between Argentina and the UK over the Falkland Islands.
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    Penn received the designation on January 31, 2012.
  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 49
    In March 2010, Penn called for the arrest of those referring to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez as a dictator.
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    After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which has been running a 55,000 person tent camp.
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  • 2009
    Age 48
    On August 12, 2009, Wright Penn filed for divorce again. The couple's divorce was finalized on July 22, 2010; the couple reached a private agreement on child and spousal support, division of assets, and custody of Hopper, who was almost 17 at the time.
    On February 22, 2009, Penn received the Academy Award for Best Actor for the film Milk.
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  • 2008
    Age 47
    In October 2008, Penn traveled to Cuba, where he met with and interviewed President Raúl Castro.
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  • 2007
    Age 46
    The letter condemned the Iraq War, called for Bush to be impeached, and also called Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "villainously and criminally obscene people."In August 2007, Penn met with Chávez in Caracas for two hours, after which Chávez praised him for urging Americans to impeach Bush.
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    On December 7, 2007, Penn said he supported Ohio Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich for U.S. President in 2008, and criticized Bush's handling of the Iraq war.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 45
    On December 18, 2006, Penn received the Christopher Reeve First Amendment Award from the Creative Coalition for his commitment to free speech.
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    On January 7, 2006, Penn was a special guest at the Progressive Democrats of America, where he was joined by author and media critic Norman Solomon, Democratic congressional candidate Charles Brown, and activist Cindy Sheehan.
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    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 44
    On June 10, 2005, Penn made a visit to Iran.
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  • 2004
    Age 43
    In 2004, Penn played Sam Byck, who in 1974 attempted and failed to assassinate President Richard Nixon, in The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004).
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  • 2003
    Age 42
    Penn received another two Oscar nominations for Woody Allen's comedy-drama Sweet and Lowdown (1999) and the drama I Am Sam (2001), before winning his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003 for Mystic River and a second one in 2008 for Milk.
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  • 2002
    Age 41
    Penn has been outspoken in supporting numerous political and social causes. On December 13–16, 2002, he visited Iraq to protest the Bush Administration's apparent plans for a military strike on Iraq.
    On October 18, 2002, Penn placed a US$56,000 advertisement in the Washington Post asking then President George W. Bush to end a cycle of violence.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 35
    Penn and Wright reconciled, 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.
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  • 1995
    Age 34
    Penn and Wright separated in 1995, during which time he developed a relationship with Jewel, after he spotted her performing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
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  • 1991
    Age 30
    At the end of his first marriage, Penn moved in with actress Robin Wright, and their first child, a daughter named Dylan Frances, was born in 1991.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 26
    The relationship was marred by violent outbursts against the press, including one incident when Penn 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. Madonna filed for divorce in December 1987 but later withdrew the papers, only to file them again in January 1989.
  • 1985
    Age 24
    He met pop singer Madonna in February 1985, and they married that August on her birthday.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1974
    Age 13
    Penn appeared in a 1974 episode of the Little House on the Prairie television series as an extra when his father, Leo, directed some of the episodes.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Born on August 17, 1960.
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