American actor born on August 17, 1960 in Burbank (California, United States).
Versatile actor, ironic and hardened face, began his career as a participant in theatrical assemblies of Santa Monica High School. In this hobby was encouraged by his father, the filmmaker Leo Penn, and his mother, the actress Eileen Ryan. When he was barely twenty, he joined the Group Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, where he educated his gesture and Declamation.
In Taps, beyond the honor (1981), Harold Becker, he shared cast with Timothy Hutton and showed their qualities to give life to mourners and neurotic characters. With a reputation for hard and demanding actor, he collaborated in productions as diverse as colours of war (1987), Dennis Hopper; Hearts of iron (1989), Brian de Palma; and death penalty (1995), by Tim Robbins. With its role in chords and disagreements (1999), by Woody Allen, he showed his skills in the field of comedy.
He was married to the singer and actress Madonna - together involved in Shanghai Surprise (1986)-, but her stormy marriage ended in divorce and the interpreter married second wife Robin Wright. His younger brother is actor Chris Penn.
In 2003 he received the Donostia award at the 51st Edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival. In 2004, on the other hand, was a good year stop the actor in terms of awards is concerned, because actor received Golden Globe best dramatic actor and the Oscar for best performance for the film Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood.
In May 2008 it opened 61 Film Festival of Cannes in as President.
1981: The killing of Randy Webster; Taps, beyond the honor. 1982: The exciting course. 1983: Bad boys; Summerspell. 1984: Crackers; Goodbye to innocence. 1985: The Falcon game; Men face to face. 1986: Shanghai Surprise. 1987: Colors of war; Dear America: Letters home from Viet Nam. 1988: Judgement in Berlin. 1989: Hearts of iron; We never were angels. 1990: The Irish clan. 1992: Blast'em. 1993: Trapped by their past; The last party. 1995: The crossing guard; Death penalty. 1997: Loved; She's so lovely; Turn to hell; The game; Hugo pool. 1998: Hurlyburly; The thin red line. 1999: Chords and disagreements. 2000: The weight of the agua.2003: 21 gramos.2003: Mystic River.2004: the assassination of Richard Nixon.