1960 was a good year for the movies. In the next few days I will be sharing some of my favorites and some of the worst of my own birth year, 1960.
1960 was a good year for the future of movies as well. Many of today’s stars were born in 1960. Some of them are more well known than others, and some are well, just a little more talented that others. But one of our most talented stars to enter the world in 1960 was …
Sean Justin Penn was born August 17, 1960 in Santa Monica, California. Sean Penn is the second son of actress Eileen Ryan
& director Leo Penn
. After a few TV roles his first film was the acclaimed 1981 film Taps
, where he palyed Cadet Captain Alex Dwyer. In 1982, he played the role that brought him to the attention of audiences nationwide (whether it was good or bad) as a surfer dude who is said in the film to have been high since the third grade. His performance as “Jeff Spicoli” in Fast Times at Ridgemont High
(1982) is ranked #9 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. He went on during he 80’s with some films such as Falcon and the Snowman, Colors and We’re no Angels. One day prior to his 25th birthday he married the pop icon, Madonna, on August 16, 1985. They were married for four years, divorcing in September of 1989. In 1996 he married actress Robin Wright, with whom had had two children.
During the 1990’s, Sean continued to shine, and reach acclaim with the Academy in his role of Matthew Poncelet, Death Row inmate pleading with a caring nun played by Susan Sarandon(Who one the Oscar for best Actress for her role) to save his life in Dead Man Walking
. In 2003 he won the first of two Best Actor Oscars for his role of Jimmy Markum in Clint Eastwood’s Best Picture winner, Mystic River
. His charecter is an ex-con whose daughter is murdered. His second Best Actor Oscar came in 2008 for his role in Milk, the story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected officail, and was later assasinated by a disgruntled former employee.
Sean continues to be avoice to reckon with in Hollywood, as an actor, director and activist. His upcoming roles are that of gangster Mickey Cohen in Gangster Squad
and is rumored to be starring in a remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty