Sean Penn. biography
Actor-director Sean Justin Penn was born on August 17, 1969, in Burbank, California, to actor-director Leo Penn and Eileen Ryan. Sean attended Santa Monica High School alongside Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez and Rob Lowe before moving to New York City to pursue acting fulltime at the age of 19. Once there, Sean made his Broadway debut in Heartland and later made his big-screen debut in the military drama Taps (1981) with Timothy Hutton and Tom Cruise. The next year, Sean landed his breakthrough role as stoner Jeff Spicoli in the cult classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), a film that put Sean on Hollywood's radar. His popularity continued when he took the starring lead role in the crime drama Bad Boys (1983) and the drama The Falcon and the Snowman (1985).
In that same year, Sean's stardom reached new levels with the help of his evolving bad boy image and his marriage to pop sensation Madonna, with whom he co-starred in the badly received film Shanghai Surprise (1986). His bad boy image amplified in 1987, when he spent 34 days in prison for striking a photgrapher who attempted to snap a picture of the star and filed for divorce from Madonna two years later. Although making a comeback with a critically acclaimed performance in the war drama Casualties of War (1989), Sean later announced that he would be retiring from acting.
Sean then made his directorial debut in The Indian Runner (1991) to favorable reviews, before returning to acting as a coke-addicted lawyer in the crime thriller Carlito's Way (1993) alongside Al Pacino; a praised performance that resulted in his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He continued to establish himself as a serious actor with a critically acclaimed performance in the crime drama Dead Man Walking (1995) for which he earned both an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. He went on to write, direct and produce the dark drama The Crossing Guard (1995), which starred Jack Nicholson and earned a Golden Globe nomination.
In 1997, Sean's award streak continued with the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in the drama She's So Lovely, but fizzled later in the year when he starred in Oliver Stone's U-Turn and the box office hit The Game alongside Michael Douglas. He was able to recover from the failed films by appearing in the critically praised World War II drama The Thin Red Line in 1988, prior to starring in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown (1999) for which he earned his second Academy Ward nomination for Best Actor.
Sean's work continued to be praised in the following years with memorable performances in the romance film Up in the Villa (2000), the crime film The Weight of Water (2000) and as a mentally disabled man in the drama I Am Sam (2002) opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. In 2003, Sean showed off his versatile acting chops and mesmerized audiences across the country as a grief-stricken thug in Clint Eastwood's drama thriller Mystic River, a performance that earned him his first Academy Award for Best Actor. He then went on to star in the mystery film The Interpreter (2005), and the drama All the King's Men (2006) with Kate Winslet and Jude Law, followed closely by a directorial role in the critically acclaim film Into the Wild (2006) with Emile Hirsch.
In 2008, Sean took his career to new heights, unattainable by most Hollywood stars, when he won his second Academy Award for Best Actor on behalf of his accurate portrayal of gay politician Harvey Milk in the biopic Milk, which received over 40 award nominations.
Most recently, Sean has taken on the role of crime lord Mickey Cohen in Gangster Squad (2013) alongside Ryan Gosling who plays an opposing police officer. The film was originally set to premiere in fall 2012, but due to a scene extremely similar to what had taken place in the Aurora Movie Theater Massacre, the release date was pushed to sometime in 2013 - allowing more time for editing. He is also rumored to be starring in the dramedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) alongside Ben Stiller.
Sean Penn Girlfriend, Ex-Wives & Dating History
May 2012 - Present
Petra Nemcova and Sean first dated in 2008 for a very short time, but reignited their romance in 2012. They were spotted together, hand-in-hand, at the Cannes International Film Festival and continue to develop a strong relationship.
March 2011 - June 2011
Rumors that Sean and actress Scarlett Johansson were dating started in March 2011 and were slowly confirmed as the two made several public appearances together, including weddings, dinner dates, vacations and movie premieres. They never divulged any details behind their relationship and it was no different when the two split up after dating for three months.
Actress Valeria Golino and Sean first met on the set of The Indian Runner and were seen together at Dal Bolognese restaurant in Rome, Italy. The two never confirmed if they were in fact together.
2009 - October 2010
Rumors that Sean Penn and Jessica White were together began when the two were photographed kissing in Fall 2009 and again in Summer 2010. They ultimately broke up in October 2010.
1996 - July 2000
Sean and actress Robin Wright married in 1996, and have two children together. Their marriage was up and down for most of the relationship, eventually leading to a divorce in July 2000.
1985 - 1989
One of the most infamous, publicized relationships in Hollywood, Sean and Madonna's marriage was filled with love, laughter, yelling and assault. During their time together, Sean was arrested for assaulting a paparazzo while on set, Madonna released her third album True Blue in dedication to Sean who she said was "the coolest guy in the universe," and Sean was charged with felony domestic assault for allegedly striking her with a baseball.