Penn a été élevé dans la laïcité et est agnostique.
Sean Penn fait d'abord un court passage au Repertory Theater de Los Angeles avant de s'orienter vers la télévision.
**HINT -- There are THREE differences in the above photographs!
They met up and worked on the movie together (she recorded the song "Emily" for the film) and then things began to heat up.
Sean Penn est également passé à la réalisation avec The Indian Runner, Crossing Guard, The Pledge, Into the Wild et The Last Face.
En dehors du cinéma, il est connu pour sa personnalité marquée, sa violence et ses prises de position politiques, en particulier son opposition au conflit en Irak en 2003.
Penn directed one of the 11 segments of 11'09"01 September 11 (2002), a compilation film made in response to the September 11 attacks.
His fourth feature film, the biographical drama survival movie Into the Wild (2007), garnered critical acclaim and two Academy Award nominations.
"But I was no fool and knew I was most likely a trifle to him. I put that man through his paces and he took it in stride." Sean, who was previously married to Madonna and had recently split with actress Robin Wright, the mother of his two young children, Hopper and Dylan, "began to court me in earnest, following me around on tour, acting as my de facto roadie," she continued.
Sean, Chris et leur mère Eileen étaient tous trois à l'affiche du film Comme un chien enragé en 1986.
Ses grands-parents paternels étaient des immigrés juifs de Russie, alors que sa mère est catholique d'ascendance italienne et irlandaise.
He became known as a prominent leading actor with the drama Dead Man Walking (1995), for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination and the Best Actor Award at the Berlin Film Festival.
Penn received another two Oscar nominations for Woody Allen's comedy-drama Sweet and Lowdown (1999) and the drama I Am Sam (2001), before winning his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003 for Mystic River and a second one in 2008 for Milk.