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Chris Penn

Chris Penn made his acting debut at the age of sixteen in Francis Ford Coppola's classic 1983 film Rumblefish. Since then his successful acting career has included roles in over fifty films, a network television series and numerous guest-starring roles for television.

In the 1980s, Chris co-starred with actor-director Clint Eastwood in the western, Pale Rider. He also starred opposite Tom Cruise in the high school football film All the Right Moves. Chris starred alongside brother Sean Penn as well as his mother Eileen Ryan in the film At Close Range.

His film career catapulted in the 1990s when he starred in Quentin Tarantino's cult classics Reservoir Dogs and True Romance. His starring role in Abel Ferrara's The Funeral earned him the award for Best Actor at the 1996 Venice Film Festival. Chris made appearances in several more films including Robert Altman's Short Cuts in 1993, Lee Tamahori's Mulholland Falls in 1996, and Brett Ratner's Rush Hour in 1998. No stranger to television, Chris demonstrated his acting versatility in 2003 as one of the stars of David E. Kelley's series The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire for CBS. He continues to work in television and has recently guest-starred on episodes of the primetime hits CSI Miami and Will & Grace.

Most recently, Chris was featured in Todd Phillip's remake of the classic television series Starsky & Hutch. In addition to acting, Chris also continues to develop several independent projects for film and television.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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Chris Penn Facts

BirthdayJune 10, 1962
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Date of deathJanuary 24, 2006 (Santa Monica, California, USA, age 43)

Selected Filmography

Mulholland Falls
The Princess Bride
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The Secret Life Of Bees
Reservoir Dogs
Pale Rider
Rush Hour
Trail Of A Serial Killer
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