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    Born on August 17, 1960 in Santa Monica, California

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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

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'Insurgent' vs. 'The Gunman' Proves Box Office Is No Country for Old Men

Posted by
Gary Susman on Mar 23rd 2015, 7:05AM

Mar 23rd 2015, 7:05AM

Weekend Box Office: 'Insurgent' Seizes No. 1, 'The Gunman' Misfires

Posted by
The Associated Press on Mar 22nd 2015, 9:00AM

Mar 22nd 2015, 9:00AM

Sean Penn Facts: 17 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Oscar Winner

Posted by
Moviefone Staff on Mar 20th 2015, 8:00AM

Mar 20th 2015, 8:00AM

Best of Late Night TV: Lena Dunham's New Haircut and Will Ferrell As Little Debbie (VIDEO)

Posted by
Mehera Bonner on Mar 19th 2015, 2:37AM

Mar 19th 2015, 2:37AM

8 Stars Toronto Could Do Without at TIFF

Posted by
Moviefone Staff on Sep 2nd 2014, 5:10AM

Sep 2nd 2014, 5:10AM

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Review: 10 Things To Know About the Fantasy Film

Posted by
Erin Whitney on Oct 7th 2013, 9:30AM

Oct 7th 2013, 9:30AM

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Trailer: Ben Stiller Dreams a Dream (VIDEO)

Posted by
Kelly Woo on Jul 30th 2013, 10:30AM

Jul 30th 2013, 10:30AM

Review: The Gangster Squad (2013)

Posted by
Scott Mendelson on Jan 10th 2013, 7:26AM

Jan 10th 2013, 7:26AM

Josh Brolin, 'Gangster Squad' Star, On Fighting Sean Penn And Shooting A Tommy Gun

Posted by
Sharon Knolle on Jan 4th 2013, 11:47AM

Jan 4th 2013, 11:47AM

Edward Norton and Sean Penn in 'RoboCop' Reboot? (REPORT)

Posted by
Sharon Knolle on Apr 13th 2012, 1:25PM

Apr 13th 2012, 1:25PM

Kristen Wiig in 'The Comedian': 'SNL' Star Will Film Drama With Robert De Niro And Sean Penn Next

Posted by
Christopher Rosen on Jan 18th 2012, 2:05PM

Jan 18th 2012, 2:05PM

'Taps' at 30: Where Are They Now?

Posted by
Gary Susman on Dec 9th 2011, 4:20AM

Dec 9th 2011, 4:20AM

Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn Sought for 'The Revenant'

Posted by
Christopher Rosen on Nov 4th 2011, 2:50PM

Nov 4th 2011, 2:50PM

Morning Grind: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Continues to Be Talent Sinkhole

Posted by
Christopher Rosen on Oct 28th 2011, 4:00AM

Oct 28th 2011, 4:00AM

Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Matt Damon and Kevin Spacey Star in Bill Clinton's Funny or Die Video

Posted by
Christopher Rosen on Oct 18th 2011, 6:30AM

Oct 18th 2011, 6:30AM

'Can We Just Lynch Him?': Sean Penn Unloads on the Tea Party

Posted by
Christopher Rosen on Oct 17th 2011, 6:20AM

Oct 17th 2011, 6:20AM

The Weinstein Company Acquires Sean Penn Drama 'This Must Be the Place'

Posted by
Christopher Rosen on Sep 21st 2011, 11:40AM

Sep 21st 2011, 11:40AM

Today on indieWIRE: 'Our Idiot Brother' Review, Gus Van Sant Retrospective, Ryan Gosling: Hero

Posted by
The Editors at IndieWire on Aug 22nd 2011, 4:00PM

Aug 22nd 2011, 4:00PM

Sean Penn Didn't Get 'The Tree of Life' Either

Posted by
Aiden Redmond on Aug 22nd 2011, 5:15AM

Aug 22nd 2011, 5:15AM

Sean Penn Might Direct Robert De Niro in 'The Comedian'

Posted by
Sharon Knolle on Jun 16th 2011, 10:30AM

Jun 16th 2011, 10:30AM

Early Edition: New Director for 'Wolverine'; Hugh Jackman in 'Les Miserables'; Chelsea Handler Tries on 'Fun Size'; More

Posted by
Harley W. Lond on Jun 16th 2011, 4:00AM

Jun 16th 2011, 4:00AM

First Look at Two of the 'Three Stooges'

Posted by
Aiden Redmond on May 27th 2011, 6:00AM

May 27th 2011, 6:00AM

Today on indieWIRE: 'Drive' Premieres in Cannes & More Reaction From Censored Lars von Trier

Posted by
The Editors at IndieWire on May 20th 2011, 5:15PM

May 20th 2011, 5:15PM

Teaser Trailer for Sean Penn's 'This Must Be the Place' Arrives, and It's ... Weird

Posted by
John Mitchell on May 19th 2011, 12:30PM

May 19th 2011, 12:30PM

Much-Delayed Brad Pitt / Sean Penn Film 'Tree of Life' Hits Another Distribution Snag

Posted by
John Mitchell on Apr 28th 2011, 7:30AM

Apr 28th 2011, 7:30AM

Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin Ready for 'Gangster Squad'

Posted by
Harley W. Lond on Apr 22nd 2011, 7:00AM

Apr 22nd 2011, 7:00AM

Today on indieWIRE: 'The Arbor,' Sean Penn as Robert Smith, Flicker NYC & More

Posted by
The Editors at IndieWire on Apr 15th 2011, 5:00PM

Apr 15th 2011, 5:00PM

Quick Hits: MTV Unveils 'The Worst Prom Ever'; Bryan Cranston is 'Total Recall' Remake Villain

Posted by
Mike Bracken on Mar 30th 2011, 3:30PM

Mar 30th 2011, 3:30PM

Laziest Slackers in Movies: 8 Characters Who Are Happiest Doing Nothing

Posted by
Ryan McKee on Mar 21st 2011, 6:00AM

Mar 21st 2011, 6:00AM

'Tree of Life' Trailer Shows off Terrence Malick's Latest

Posted by
Mike Bracken on Dec 15th 2010, 9:20AM

Dec 15th 2010, 9:20AM

The Weekend's Reviews: Nov. 5, 2010

Posted by
William Goss on Nov 5th 2010, 5:02PM

Nov 5th 2010, 5:02PM

Director Doug Liman on 'Fair Game,' Spies, Secrecy and Filming Around the World

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Nov 4th 2010, 5:00AM

Nov 4th 2010, 5:00AM

Is The Best Actor Race Already Over? (Don't Bale On It!)

Posted by
Erik Childress on Oct 24th 2010, 2:00PM

Oct 24th 2010, 2:00PM

Movie News Quick Hits: Terrence Malick's 'Tree of Life' Finally Sets Release Date

Posted by
Peter Hall on Oct 22nd 2010, 12:02PM

Oct 22nd 2010, 12:02PM

Doc Talk: Does Celebrity Narration Matter?

Posted by
Christopher Campbell on Oct 20th 2010, 3:48PM

Oct 20th 2010, 3:48PM

Poster Premiere for 'Fair Game', the True Story of Valerie Plame

Posted by
Peter Hall on Sep 10th 2010, 9:30AM

Sep 10th 2010, 9:30AM

Finally! News on When We'll See Terrence Malick's 'Tree of Life'

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Sep 9th 2010, 2:02PM

Sep 9th 2010, 2:02PM

This Week on "Between Two Ferns": Sean Penn Meets Zach Galifianakis' Twin Brother

Posted by
William Goss on Sep 1st 2010, 3:32PM

Sep 1st 2010, 3:32PM

Why is Sean Penn Dressed like Robert Smith from The Cure?

Posted by
Tim Reeves on Aug 26th 2010, 11:15PM

Aug 26th 2010, 11:15PM

New Images: Even in Lipstick, Sean Penn's a Serious Dude

Posted by
Monika Bartyzel on Aug 24th 2010, 8:51AM

Aug 24th 2010, 8:51AM


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