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
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