Start - Biography - Part I - Part II  - Part III Private Life  - Inside The Actors Studio      

german

Sean Penn - Private Life


Penn's personal life began to attract media attention when he married Madonna in 1985. Madonna dedicated her third studio album, True Blue to Penn, referring to him in the liner notes as "the coolest guy in the universe". Well, even though Sean Penn and Madonna divorced in 1989.
 

 

 

With Robin Wright Penn, likewise a very successfull actress (Forrest Gump, Message in a bottle) he bagan a relationship in 1991. They have two children (a daughter, Dylan Frances and a son, Hopper Jack, namend after Dennis Hopper und Jack Nicholson) - and in 1996 they got married.

On December 27, 2007 the couple's representative announced they were divorcing. However, on April 9, 2008 it was announced that they had ended their divorce proceedings and were back together.

During a separation from Wright in the mid 1990s, Penn dated singer and songwriter Jewel. He was also the director of the original video for Jewel's hit song You Were Meant for Me.

His younger brother, Chris Penn, famous for playing "Nice Guy Eddie" in Reservoir Dogs, died from an enlarged heart (drug induced) in his Santa Monica condominium on January 24, 2006.

His older brother, Michael Penn ist a musician and together with his wife, Aimee Mann, he covered a Beatles-Song for the film I am Sam ( Two of us).


In September 2005, Penn traveled to New Orleans
to aid Hurricaine Katrina victims. He was physically involved in rescuing people, although there have been criticisms his involvement was merely a PR stunt as he hired a photographer to come along with his entourage. Later Sean Penn said, that "he was only trying to help".

 

 

In 2008 Sean Penn has been selected to lead the 61. Cannes Film Festival jury in May 2008 as their president. Penn said in a statement "that a new generation of filmmaking may have begun," citing "increasingly thoughtful, provocative, moving, and imaginative films by talented filmmakers" in what appeared to be "a rejuvenation of cinema building worldwide."

Sean Penn has been committed for some time against the Bush administration, among other things due to the Iraq invasion (The Third Gulf War) and the threat of Iran. He is a member of "Not in our Name" (NION), a community movement of cultural variables, which are opposed to war decides. More on Sean Penn's political activities can be found at Sean Penn and politics


Anarchy  in a caravan - that's Sean Penn

When his house burned down during one of these devastating fires in California (Sean and Robin had just split up for a while and Sean was living in a caravan on the burned down ground for a while ...) the family decided, to leave Tinseltown and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Sean Penn about the house burn:
"
I had a house burn down once, and everything in life burned except my family, and it was so liberating. I didn't have a bad moment about it. It sort of reinvigorated my interest in a lot of things. I wonder if there should be some kind of anarchy."

So now, there is only one problem left - smoking! Sean Penn's father, Leo Penn, died of lung cancer, aged 77. Sean's friend, composer Joseph Vitarelli, remembers the funeral: `Leo died of lung cancer. And Sean and I were smoking at his funeral, outside, round a corner. I mean, we really needed a cigarette that day ...`.
Sean Penn quit smoking at his 40. birthday .... or let`say, he cut it down ... or, ehm ... tried, to cut it down ... whatever ... Up to then he was one of Hollywoods strongest smokers with a minimum of four (!) packets of cigaretts a day.

Dennis Hopper with the Penn-Family

Sean Penn 's motto is a quote of E. L. Doctorow:

"The responsibility of the artist is to know the time in which he lives"

So therefore we can be sure, that time and again as actor and director, as writer and journalist, he will show up and fight the good fights for us.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  back to Part III

 

  Inside The Actors Studio        

 

 

www.sean-penn.de