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Also Known As: Chris Penn, Christopher S Penn Died: January 24, 2006
Born: October 10, 1965 Cause of Death: cardiomyopathy, accidental combination of an enlarged heart with multiple prescribed medications
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Holly (2006)
2.
 Darwin Awards (2006)
3.
 Starsky & Hutch (2004) Manetti
4.
 Shelter Island (2004) Sheriff Deluce
5.
 After the Sunset (2004) Rowdy Fan
6.
7.
 Murder by Numbers (2002) Ray
8.
 Stealing Harvard (2002) David Loach
9.
 Corky Romano (2001) Peter
10.
 Cement (2001) Bob Holt
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Milestones close milestones

1976:
Starting acting at age 12, mostly at The Loft Studio (date approximate)
1977:
Produced, wrote, directed, and apppeared in his own film, "Nobody's Hero", at age 13 (date approximate)
:
Competed as a heavyweight wrestler in high school
:
Read for a part in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders"
1983:
Feature acting debut in Coppola's "Rumble Fish"
1983:
Starred with Tom Cruise and Craig T. Nelson in "All the Right Moves"
1984:
First starring role, "The Wild Life"
1984:
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
1986:
Worked with brother Sean Penn in James Foley's "At Close Range"
1992:
Played Nice Guy Eddie Cabot in Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs"
1993:
Co-starred with Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in "True Romance"; written by Quentin Tarantino
1993:
Cast in the Robert Altman film "Short Cuts"; which follows 22 Los Angeles residents whose lives intersect over the course of a few days.
1995:
Cast in the film "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar"
1996:
Featured in the drama "Mulholland Falls"
1998:
Cast in the comedy "Rush Hour"
2001:
Starred in the comedy "Corky Romano"
2003:
Cast as regular Waylon Shaw on the CBS drama "The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire"
2004:
Featured in the big screen adaption of the 70's cop series "Starsky & Hutch"
2007:
Appeared in the drama, "Holly" about child trafficking in Cambodia; film released after his death
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Education

Santa Monica High School: Santa Monica , California -

Notes

"It's very difficult to establish yourself when you have a brother who's a great actor. But I'm my own artist--always have been and always will be."--Penn quoted in PREMIERE, October 1993

Family close complete family listing

father:
Leo Penn. Director; actor. Died on September 5, 1998.
mother:
Eileen Ryan. Actor. Appeared in "At Close Range" with Penn and brother Sean and as a grieving mother in Sean Penn's "The Indian Runner".
brother:
Michael Penn. Musician. Born on August 1, 1958; married to singer-songwriter Aimee Mann.
brother:
Sean Penn. Actor, director. Born on August 17, 1960.
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