Michael Penn

Singer-songwriter Michael Penn generated a Top 20 hit with the alt-pop single "No Myth" in 1989, but found greater success as a composer for films and television series like "Boogie Nights" (1997) and "Girls" (HBO ... Read more »
Born: 08/01/1958 in Greenwich Village, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (25)

Girls 2006 - 2007, 2012 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Music

Masters of Sex 2006 - 2007, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Music

Barefoot 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

Skateland 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

Solitary Man 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

Sunshine Cleaning 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

That Evening Sun 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

American Teen 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

American Teen 2008 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

American Teen 2008 (Movie)

(Original Music)

I'm From Rolling Stone 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Music

Ghost Writer 2006 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Last Kiss 2006 (Movie)

Score Producer (Music Producer)

The Last Kiss 2006 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song Performer

I Am Sam 2001 (Movie)

("Two of Us") (Song Performer)

The Anniversary Party 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Loser 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Loser 2000 (Movie)

("No Myth") (Song Performer)

Boogie Nights 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Hard Eight 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

("Wise Up") (Song)

Tales From the Vienna Woods 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Melvin Goes to Dinner (TV Show)

Music
Actor (2)

Boogie Nights 1997 (Movie)

Recording Studio Engineer (Actor)

W/ Bob & David (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Singer-songwriter Michael Penn generated a Top 20 hit with the alt-pop single "No Myth" in 1989, but found greater success as a composer for films and television series like "Boogie Nights" (1997) and "Girls" (HBO, 2012-2017). He was born into a family of performers on August 1, 1957 in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City; his father, Leo Penn, was an actor and Emmy-nominated television director, while his mother, Eileen Ryan, and younger brothers Sean and and Christopher Penn, all achieved varying degrees of fame as actors. But from an early age, Michael Penn's interests lay in music, and he began performing with bands and writing songs while in high school. He gained his first exposure to the music industry as a member of Doll Congress, but the Los Angeles rock act never found a substantial audience. He left music briefly to pursue acting, but returned to writing and performing songs after joining his brother Sean on a 1987 appearance on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). He soon reteamed with Doll Congress bandmate Patrick Warren to begin work on his solo debut, <i>March</i> (1989), which generated a Top 20 hit single with the melancholy "No Myth." Two years would pass before Penn's second solo effort, <i>Free For All</i> (1992), but listener response to the album was more muted, despite critical acclaim. Five more years would eclipse before Penn released another LP, but the hiatus proved particularly fruitful: not only did he forge a professional and personal relationship with singer Aimee Mann, whom he married in 1997, but he also began composing soundtracks for director Paul Thomas Anderson's features, including "Boogie Nights." Scores for other films soon followed, including Tony Goldwyn's "The Last Kiss" (2006) and "Sunshine Cleaning" (2008), and television shows like "Girls" and "Masters of Sex" (Showtime, 2013- ).

Relationships

Aimee Mann Song Performer

Wife

Christopher Penn Actor

Brother

Leo Penn Director

Father

Sean Penn Actor

Brother
Born on Aug. 17, 1960; starred in films like "Dead Man Walking" (1995) and "I Am Sam" (2001), which featured his brother Michael's song "Two of Us"

Eileen Ryan Actor

Mother

Milestones

2012

Recorded soundtrack for "Girls"

2005

Launched his own label, Mimeograph

1996

Composed first soundtrack, <i>Hard Eight</i>, for Paul Thomas Anderson

1989

Released solo LP debut, <i>March</i>

Bonus Trivia

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Has appeared on or produced recordings by Aimee Mann, the Wallflowers, Liz Phair and others.

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Appeared as a lab technician on a 1985 episode of "St. Elsewhere"

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Replaced Thomas Newman as theme composer and score composer for "Masters of Sex."

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The music video for his single "Long Way Down (Look What the Cat Drug In)" features animation by the avant-garde filmmakers The Brothers Quay.

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Played a recording engineer in Paul Tomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights."

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Uncomfortable in front of audiences, Penn on some tours hired stand-up comedians like Patton Oswalt to do his between-song banter, and on others had a microphone set up so audience members could talk to the crowd.

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