American actor and filmmaker was born on August 17, 1960. Penn was birthed in Santa Monica, California, by actors and . Musician is his older sibling. Merkin, a Jewish immigrant from Lithuania, was his father; his mother is an Irish Catholic who is of Italian ancestry.

His performances in the biographical Milk and the mystery film Mystic River (2003) both earned him two Academy Awards (2008). Penn made his television acting debut on December 4, 1974, in a quick cameo in episode 112 of Little House on the Prairie, which was directed by his father Leo Penn.

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Parents: Eileen Ryan, Leo Penn

Leonard Francis Penn (an actor and director) and Eileen Ryan (an actress) are the parents of Sean Penn. Leo and Penn married after the first marriage of Leo and Olive Deering was dissolved. Through the marriage between Leo and Eileen, they had three children of which Sean Penn is included.

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