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  • Sean Penn

    Born on August 17, 1960 in Santa Monica, California

awards & nominations

Milk (2008)

Sean Penn as "Harvey Milk"

In 1972, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) and his then-lover Scott Smith leave New York for San Francisco, with Milk determined to accomplish something meaningful in his life. Settling in the Castro District, he opens a camera shop and helps transform the area into a mecca for gays and lesbians. In 1977 he becomes the nation's first openly gay man elected to a notable public office when he wins a seat on the Board of Supervisors. The following year, Dan White (Josh Brolin) kills Milk in cold blood.

Academy Award (2008) Won Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008) Nominated Leading Actor
Golden Globe (2008) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

21 Grams (2003)

Sean Penn as "Paul Rivers"

In a film that plays with the idea of straightforward storytelling, a group of troubled people find that they are linked in unpredictable ways. Paul Rivers (Sean Penn) is an academic dealing with a terminal heart condition, but his life is changed by a car crash that seems unrelated to his ailment. The traffic accident, involving ex-con Jack Jordan (Benicio Del Toro) and the husband of Cristina Peck (Naomi Watts), is one that ruins lives but ultimately also resurrects them.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003) Nominated Actor in a Leading Role

Mystic River (2003)

Sean Penn as "Jimmy Markum"

When the daughter (Emmy Rossum) of ex-con Jimmy Marcus (Sean Penn) is murdered, two of his childhood friends from the neighborhood are involved. Dave (Tim Robbins), a blue-collar worker, was the last person to see her alive, while Sean (Kevin Bacon), a homicide detective, is heading up the case. As Sean proceeds with his investigation, Jimmy conducts one of his own through neighborhood contacts. Eventually, Jimmy suspects Dave is the culprit and considers taking the law into his own hands.

Academy Award (2003) Won Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003) Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2003) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

I Am Sam (2001)

Sean Penn as "Sam Dawson"

"I Am Sam" is the compelling story of Sam Dawson (Sean Penn), a mentally-challenged father raising his daughter Lucy (Dakota Fanning) with the help of a unique group of friends. As Lucy turns seven and begins to intellectually surpass her father, their close bond is threatened when their unconventional living arrangement comes to the attention of a social worker who wants Lucy placed in foster care.

Academy Award (2001) Nominated Best Actor
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Dead Man Walking (1995)

Sean Penn as "Matthew Poncelet"

As death row inmate Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn) nears his execution date, he calls upon Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) to help him with one last appeal, maintaining that he is innocent of the murders of a young couple. Poncelet begins to form a bond with Prejean, and she visits both his family and the relatives of the victims, hoping to learn more about the case. As things begin to look bleak for Poncelet, Prejean does all that she can to comfort and console the hardened convict.

Academy Award (1995) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1995) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Carlito's Way (1993)

Sean Penn as "David Kleinfeld"

A free man after years in prison, Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) intends to give up his criminal ways, but it's not long before the ex-con is sucked back into the New York City underworld. Reconnecting with his dancer girlfriend, Gail (Penelope Ann Miller), Carlito gets entangled in the shady dealings of his friend Dave Kleinfeld (Sean Penn), who also serves as his lawyer. When Carlito and Kleinfeld run afoul of shifty gangster Benny Blanco (John Leguizamo), it sets them on a dangerous path.

Golden Globe (1993) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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