Sean Penn is an awesome actor who has acted in a few fantastic films. He has also had some lesser known characters like Rebel Without a Cause, Man on the Moon, The Damned United, and Confessions of an Unwed Mother. Besides 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 movie No One likes You, which was an award winning drama movie. Back in the day (1985), Sean Penn was just another actor searching for his way in the market, but his role in this film became one of his most memorable performances. In this film he plays 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 in a counselor’s office, where a psychic predicts that he will meet a woman who will change his life. The movie then chronicles his progress meeting different girls over the next several months before he finally meets Santa Monica.
Another of Sean Penn’s films that is worth mentioning is the equally fantastic Papillon. This is a true story of a puppy named Soumaya who ends up at an animal shelter following her family’s eviction from their home. When she is finally adopted by a rich Spanish couple, she’s taken under the care of a dog trainer named Mariana. While there she’s trained to be the ideal pet, given the opportunity to be with her new family. As the movie progresses, she gradually falls in love with her new owner, who are the star of the show, 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 had been formerly incarcerated on weapons charges. Then he returns to California to try to find work in a drugstore. The first impression he makes on the manager is that he has a gun, then he starts 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. Sean Penn also returns to his well-established best, including winning an Oscar for playing a similar role in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Another great Sean Penn film which should really be mentioned is Dead Man Walking. Though based on true events, the movie focuses on the story of a young man (Mark Mcendale) who ends up walking around the graveyard for years due to a mysterious curse that has killed him. The best bit of the movie centers on how his family is dealing with his seemingly unfinished death. After some soul searching, the family finds the curse was not meant to kill him, but to scare him, which causes him to leave town and go on a cross-country trip with his dog.
Another underrated drama film that starred Sean Penn is Mystic River. Directed 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.
Obviously, one of the most significant Sean Penn films would have to be Dead Man Walking. This is a true story of a young man (acterium) who walks into a bar and ends up dying in the parking lot after being shot in the head. Years later, the victim’s family must find the individual 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 named Granada. This film revolves around a young girl (Sandra Oh), who’s kidnapped by a drug lord during a botched robbery.
He’s picked up Academy Awards for movies that most people overlook, such as Dead Man Walking and Mystic River. He’s also been nominated three times for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his roles in Great Britain, Miami and Edward Scissorhands. No wonder why people are still willing to pay to watch his movies today!