Christopher Penn

Character actor Chris Penn worked tirelessly to escape out from under the shadows of his older brothers, actor Sean Penn and musician Michael Penn, by carving a respectable onscreen rsum playing angry, deeply wounded ... Read more »
Born: 10/10/1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA


Actor (57)

Aftermath 2014 (Movie)

Tony Bricker (Actor)

Holly 2007 (Movie)

Freddie (Actor)

Darwin Awards 2005 (Movie)


Entourage 2005 (Tv Show)


Everwood 2005 (Tv Show)


Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 (Tv Show)


After the Sunset 2004 (Movie)

Rowdy Fan (Actor)

Starsky & Hutch 2004 (Movie)

Manetti (Actor)

The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


CSI: Miami 2003 (Tv Show)


Masked & Anonymous 2003 (Movie)


Will & Grace 2003 (Tv Show)


Murder By Numbers 2002 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Stealing Harvard 2002 (Movie)

David Loach (Actor)

Bread and Roses 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Corky Romano 2001 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2001 (Movie)


Cement 2000 (Movie)

Bob Holt (Actor)

Deceiver 1998 (Movie)

Braxton (Actor)

Family Attraction 1998 (Movie)


One Tough Cop 1998 (Movie)

Duke Finnerty (Actor)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

Clive (Actor)

The Florentine 1998 (Movie)

Bobbie (Actor)

Trail of a Serial Killer 1998 (Movie)

James Enola (Actor)

Cannes Man 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Mulholland Falls 1996 (Movie)

Relyea (Actor)

The Funeral 1996 (Movie)

Chez Tempio (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)


Sacred Cargo 1995 (Movie)


The Boy's Club 1995 (Movie)

Luke (Actor)

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar 1995 (Movie)

Sheriff Dollard (Actor)

Under the Hula Moon 1995 (Movie)

Turk (Actor)

Imaginary Crimes 1994 (Movie)

Jarvis (Actor)

Beethoven's 2nd 1993 (Movie)

Floyd (Actor)

Best of the Best 2 1993 (Movie)

Travis Brickley (Actor)

Josh and S.A.M. 1993 (Movie)

Derek Baxter (Actor)

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Jerry Kaiser (Actor)

The Music of Chance 1993 (Movie)

Floyd (Actor)

The Pickle 1993 (Movie)

Gregory Stone (Actor)

True Romance 1993 (Movie)

Nicky Dimes (Actor)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

Nice Guy/Eddie (Actor)

Futurekick 1991 (Movie)


Leather Jackets 1991 (Movie)

Big Steve (Actor)

Mobsters 1991 (Movie)

Tommy Reina (Actor)

Best of the Best 1989 (Movie)

Travis (Actor)

Return to the River Kwai 1989 (Movie)

Lieutenant Crawford (Actor)

At Close Range 1986 (Movie)

Tommy Whitewood (Actor)

Made in U.S.A. 1986 (Movie)

Tuck (Actor)

Pale Rider 1985 (Movie)

Josh LaHood (Actor)

Footloose 1984 (Movie)

Willard (Actor)

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

Tom Drake (Actor)

All the Right Moves 1983 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

Rumble Fish 1983 (Movie)

B J (Actor)

Fist of the North Star (TV Show)


North Beach and Rawhide (TV Show)


Shelter Island (TV Show)



Character actor Chris Penn worked tirelessly to escape out from under the shadows of his older brothers, actor Sean Penn and musician Michael Penn, by carving a respectable onscreen résumé playing angry, deeply wounded men in films like "Reservoir Dogs" (1991), "Short Cuts" (1993) and "The Funeral" (1996). Like his brother Sean, Chris Penn started acting at a young age, offering solid support as impulsive young men in "Footloose" (1984), "Pale Rider" (1985) and in his brother's "At Close Range" (1986). "Reservoir Dogs" gave him entry into major features as a character player with enormous potential, as evidenced by his turn in "Short Cuts" as a pool cleaner driven mad by his wife's pornographic job and disinterest in sex. His career appeared to plateau in the late 1990s, though he continued to work steadily until his death in 2006 from health issues. His untimely departure robbed the entertainment industry of a talented player who had yet to find the proper vehicle for his abilities.


Leo Penn

died on September 5, 1998

Sean Penn Actor

Born on Aug. 17, 1960 Acted together in "At Close Range" (1986)

Michael Penn

born on August 1, 1958 married to singer-songwriter Aimee Mann

Michael Penn Music


Eileen Ryan

appeared in "At Close Range" with Penn and brother Sean and as a grieving mother in Sean Penn's "The Indian Runner"


Santa Monica High School

Santa Monica, California

studied acting with Peggy Feury



Appeared in the drama, "Holly" about child trafficking in Cambodia; film released after his death


Featured in the big screen adaption of the 70's cop series "Starsky & Hutch"


Cast as regular Waylon Shaw on the CBS drama "The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire"


Starred in the comedy "Corky Romano"


Cast in the comedy "Rush Hour"


Featured in the drama "Mulholland Falls"


Cast in the film "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar"


Cast in the Robert Altman film "Short Cuts"; which follows 22 Los Angeles residents whose lives intersect over the course of a few days.


Co-starred with Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in "True Romance"; written by Quentin Tarantino


Played Nice Guy Eddie Cabot in Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs"


Worked with brother Sean Penn in James Foley's "At Close Range"


Had a supporting role as Willard in "Footloose," about a city boy, played by Kevin Bacon, who comes to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned


First starring role, "The Wild Life"


Feature acting debut in Coppola's "Rumble Fish"


Starred with Tom Cruise and Craig T. Nelson in "All the Right Moves"


Produced, wrote, directed, and apppeared in his own film, "Nobody's Hero", at age 13 (date approximate)


Starting acting at age 12, mostly at The Loft Studio (date approximate)

Read for a part in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders"

Competed as a heavyweight wrestler in high school

Bonus Trivia


Chris Penn, the younger brother of Oscar-winner Sean Penn, was found dead on January 24, 2006 at his condominium near the beach in Santa Monica. Valium, morphine, marijuana and an elevated level of codeine were all found in Chris Penn's body when he died. The official cause of death was an enlarged heart, the coroner's office claims the drugs in his system added to the problems associated with his already enlarged heart.