Birth Date: October 10, 1965
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
Notable Films: Reservoir Dogs, Footloose, Pale Rider, Rush Hour, Rumble Fish
Awards: Independent Spirit Award (Best Male Lead | The Funeral – Nominated)
Chris Penn Biography:
Born in Los Angeles, California, Chris Penn was the youngest of three boys. His father Leo was an actor and director, and his mother Eileen was an actress. Penn always wanted to follow in his parents’ footsteps and joined the Loft Studio at the age of 12. He and his brother, Oscar winner Sean Penn, made several short films during their time in school, with friends including Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez. Penn’s film debut came at the age of 14 in the movie Charlie and the Talking Buzzard (1979).
He then received further acclaim and recognition when he appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s film Rumble Fish (1983), and the Tom Cruise movie All the Right Moves (1983). Penn also appeared alongside Kevin Bacon in Footloose (1984), had a villainous role in Pale Rider (1985), and starred with brother Sean, and their mother, in At Close Range (1986). In the early ‘90s, Penn landed his most famous role, Nice Guy Eddie in cult crime film Reservoir Dogs (1992). He then won honors and acclaim for his performance in the movie The Funeral (1996).
In the late-’90s Penn took roles in One Tough Cop (1998) and Rush Hour (1998). He also made appearances in Murder By Numbers (2002), and Starsky & Hutch (2004), but started to work less frequently as his health deteriorated. One of his last roles was playing a semi-fictionalized version of himself in the hit show Entourage. After years of battling substance abuse and heart problems, Penn died of heart failure in 2006.