Biography of Sean PennSean Justin Penn is a famous actor, Oscar winner for his roles in such films as Mystic River and Milk, a successful film director, and Madonna's ex-husband. Net worth: $70 million.
A Hoodlum and RebelSean was born into a family of a Lithuanian and Russian Jew and a Catholic woman who had Italian and Irish blood in her veins. This fact alone assumes the birth of expressive children, and it did happen. There are many legends about Sean Penn's rebellious temper. The actor spent his childhood with brothers in Santa Monica where he was friends with boys who also have become famous. Those boys were Charlie Sheen, Rob Lowe, and Emilio Estevez.
Chasing a DreamIt took Sean Penn a while to gain acceptance in cinematography which bothered him a lot but didn't make him give up. The future star continued to pursue its dream and the path leading to Broadway. That's why in 1980, Sean and his friends traveled to New York to get leading roles. But instead of getting roles in theater, he got into cinematography. At one of the auditions, one film producer noticed Penn and a year later he got a small role in the drama Taps where Tom Cruise and Timothy Hutton also played. That small role became the beginning of the long journey.
Later, the beginning but talented actor was invited to portray a forever drunk surfer in the comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Sean did a brilliant job which made him famous right away and provided him with roles in the future.
Brian De PalmaSean Penn met twice with a famous Brian De Palma on the set. They met for the first time in 1989 during the work on the war film Casualties of War. In that film, the actor played one of his most passionate roles. Four years later, when the work on the gangster drama Carlito's Way was humming, they met for the second time. Sean portrayed a lawyer of the main character portrayed by Al Pacino. Penn even was nominated for the Golden Globe.
Victories and DefeatsSean Penn got his first Oscar nomination for his role in the crime drama Dead Man Walking in 1995. The actor portrayed a criminal who was sentenced to death and waited for the execution of the sentence. His 3-months imprisonment helped him to play that role. It happened after a fight with journalists.
In the Temple of FameIn 2000, the actor appeared in a few pictures - the thriller The Weight of Water and the drama Up at the Villa. But those three films almost disappeared beneath the waves of popularity of I Am Sam. Two years later, there were another heart-touching drama 21 Grams directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Sean Penn's acting was so brilliant that a spectator has this sense of frustration during the whole film. The actor won the Venice Film Festival award for this project.
But his next role wasn't successful. Sean Penn played the lead in the picture All the King's Men. It's a failed remake of the drama of 1949 about corruption in government. But his acting in such films as The Tree of Life, Crossing Over and In Search of Captain Zero has proved once again that Sean Penn is one of the most interesting actors of our time. For this role, he won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival.
Private Life of Sean PennAn actress Elizabeth McGovern with whom Sean Penn played in the melodrama Racing with the Moon became his first Hollywood girlfriend. Their relationship didn't last long, as well as his fling with Susan Sarandon. But later, he had an overwhelming and passionate romance with Madonna, which ended with a wedding in 1985.
In 1996, Penn married Robin Wright he had met on the set of the picture State of Grace six years earlier. They had a quiet and steady marriage; she found a way to bridle the actor's wild temper for a while. Before they got married officially, they had two children - a daughter Dylan and a son Hopper. However, this marriage reminded a roller coaster, and in 2010 they separated.