"The Falcon and the Snowman," "She's So Lovely," "The Thin Red Line," "21 Grams" and "This Must Be the Place" are some Sean Penn movies. Others include "Shanghai Surprise" and the 2006 remake of "All the King's Men."Continue Reading
Sean Penn is an American film actor known for playing intense and emotional characters. He made his feature film debut in the 1981 film "Taps" opposite Tom Cruise and Timothy Hutton, in which he played a tough-willed military cadet. Following that film, he played a stoner surfer in the high school comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and starred as a streetwise kid criminal in "Bad Boys." At the end of the 1980s, he gave acclaimed performances as a cop in "Colors" and a soldier in "Casualties of War."
Penn earned his first Academy Award nomination in 1995 for his role as a death row inmate in "Dead Man Walking." He earned a second in 1999 as a jazz musician in Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown" and a third in 2001 as a mentally handicapped man in "I Am Sam." Penn finally took home an Oscar for "Mystic River" in 2003, which is his highest-grossing film as of 2015. In 2008, he won a second Oscar for "Milk," in which he played California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk.Learn more about Art & Literature