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SEAN PENN (Eddie) Consistently astounding critics, his peers and audiences with his performances of uncommon intensity, range and intelligence, award-winning actor and acclaimed filmmaker Sean Penn has become one of the most respected and sought-after artists of his generation. In the fall of l997, he appeared in no less than three feature films, including Oliver Stone's U-Turn; David Fincher's The Game and Nick Cassavette's She's So Lovely, for which he received the coveted Best Actor award at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Prior to starting production on Hurlyburly, for which he won Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival, Penn spent the summer in Australia on Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line. Both films are set to be released in December of 1998. In 1996. he received unanimous critical acclaim and Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor for his galvanizing performance as a convicted murderer awaiting execution in Dead Man Walking.

Among Penn's many praised film characterizations are the sleazy lawyer opposite Al Pacino in Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way, for which he received a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award® nomination; an Irish-American mobster in State of Grace; a small-town boy drawn into a life of crime by his father in At Close Range; a young man who falls in love just as he is heading off to fight in World War II in the romance Racing with the Moon; a disillusioned American drug dealer-turned traitor in The Falcon and the Snowman and the ultimate pothead surfer Jeff Spicoli in Amy Heckerling's cult favorite Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Penn made his feature film acting debut in 1981 in Harold Becker's Taps. Behind the camera, Penn has written and directed two acclaimed dramatic feature films, The Indian Runner starring David Morse, Viggo Mortenson, Patricia Arquette and Charles Bronson, and 1995's The Crossing Guard starring Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, David Morse and Robin Wright Penn.

Penn has also received accolades for his work on the stage. He returns to the role of Eddie in Hurlyburly in the film version after playing him in 1988 at the Westwood Playhouse under the direction of the playwright David Rabe. Other stage acting credits for Penn include a role in the Broadway production of "Heartland;" Albert Innaurato's "Earthworms," "Slab Box's" and "The Girl on the Via Fleminia." Penn is currently in production starring in Woody Allen's fall 1999 project.


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