Sean Penn is an amazing actor who has acted in some amazing films. He’s also had some lesser known roles like Rebel Without a Cause, Man on the Moon, The Damned United, and Confessions of an Unwed Mother. In addition to all of these he has also been in tv shows like Duey and Texas Rising, Frasier, The Firm, Living the Dream, Miami Beach, and Justified, which he stars in alongside fellow Hollywood greats such as Goldie Hawn, Marilu Henner, and Cuba Gooden.
Sean Penn’s first film debut was the 1985 film No One likes You, which was an award winning play film. Back in the day (1985), Sean Penn was just another actor trying to find his way in the industry, but his role in this film became one of his most memorable performances. In this film he plays with Kevin Dorsey, a young man who ends up living with an abusive family due to a run-in with a cop. After getting beat up by the police, he ends up at a counselor’s office, where a psychic predicts that he’ll meet a woman who will change his life. The movie then chronicles his progress meeting different women over the next several months until he finally meets Santa Monica.
Another of Sean Penn’s movies that is worth mentioning is the equally fantastic Papillon. This is a true story of a dog named Soumaya who ends up in an animal shelter after her family’s eviction from their home. When she is finally adopted by a wealthy Spanish couple, she is taken under the care of a dog trainer called Mariana. While there she’s trained to be the perfect pet, given the opportunity to be with her new family. As the film progresses, she gradually falls in love with her new owner, who happen to be the star of the series, and the movie ends with her embracing her own son.
Starring as a played-up version of himself, Sean plays David Kleinfeld, a guy who was formerly incarcerated on weapons charges. He then returns to California to try to find work in a drugstore. The first impression he makes on the supervisor is that he’s got a gun, and then he begins to get into trouble with his ex-girlfriend who also works there. This is a tale of greed run amok, with the colorful addition of a small love triangle between the ex-girlfriend, David, and his friend, Sam.
Another great Sean Penn film which should really be mentioned is Dead Man Walking. Although based on true events, the film focuses on the story of a young man (Mark Mcendale) who ends up walking around the graveyard for many years due to a mysterious curse that’s killed him. The best bit of the movie centers around how his family is dealing with his seemingly unfinished death. After some soul searching, the family discovers the curse wasn’t meant to kill him, but to frighten him, which causes him to leave town and go on a cross-country trip with his dog.
One other underrated drama movie that starred Sean Penn is Mystic River. Led by the great Michael Douglas, the friends discover an array of treasures and artifacts, which help them solve the mystery of the skull that’s missing from the website.
Of course, one of the most significant Sean Penn films would have to be Dead Man Walking. Years later, the victim’s family must find the person responsible for his passing, while he continues to roam the world with the support of an eye doctor played by Christian Bale. Another amazing movie that starred Sean Penn involves the Mexican movie called Granada. This movie revolves around a young girl (Sandra Oh), who is kidnapped by a drug lord during a botched robbery.
He has picked up Academy Awards for movies that most people overlook, like Dead Man Walking and Mystic River. He has also been nominated three times for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his roles in Good Bye, Miami and Edward Scissorhands. No wonder why people are still willing to pay to watch his films now!