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Chris Penn (I) (1965–2006)

Born on October 10, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, Penn's parents both worked in film. His father Leo Penn was an actor-turned-director, and his mother Eileen Ryan was an actress. The youngest of three brothers, (the other two being Michael Penn and Sean Penn) Penn set out to follow in his parents' footsteps. He started acting at age 12 in the ... See full bio »

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 2013/I Aftermath
Tony Bricker
 2006 Holly
 2006 Best of Chris Isaak (Video) (segment "Somebody's Crying") (uncredited)
 2005 Juarez: Stages of Fear (Video)
 2005 Everwood (TV Series)
Frank Sullivan
- Fate Accomplis (2005) ... Frank Sullivan
 2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Tommy Onerato
- Death Roe (2005) ... Tommy Onerato
 2004 After the Sunset
Rowdy Fan
 2003 Will & Grace (TV Series)
- Fanilow (2003) ... Rudy
 2003 Shelter Island
Sheriff Deluca
 2003 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
Pete Wilton
- Grave Young Men (2003) ... Pete Wilton
 2003 Masked and Anonymous
Crew Guy #2
 2002 Redemption (Video)
Tony Leggio
 2002 Murder by Numbers
Ray Feathers
 2002 AFP: American Fighter Pilot (TV Series)
Narrator (voice)
 2000 Cement
Bill Holt
 1998 Family Attraction (Short)
 1998 Rush Hour
 1998 One Tough Cop
Duke Finnerly
 1998 Flagpole Special (Video short)
 1997 Deceiver
Det. Phillip Braxton
 1996 The Funeral
 1996 Dead Man's Walk (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... Goodnight
 1995 Sacred Cargo
Vince Kanevsky
 1995 Under the Hula Moon
Turk Dickson
 1995 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Kevin Fitzpatrick
- Life Support (1995) ... Kevin Fitzpatrick
 1993 The Music of Chance
 1993 Best of the Best II
Travis Brickley (as Christopher Penn)
 1992 Leather Jackets
Big Steve (as Christopher Penn)
 1991 Future Kick
 1991 Mobsters
Tommy Reina (as Christopher Penn)
 1990 The Young Riders (TV Series)
- Matched Pair (1990) ... Brad
 1989 Best of the Best
Travis Brickley (as Christopher Penn)
 1989 Return from the River Kwai
Lieutenant Crawford (as Christopher Penn)
 1987 Made in U.S.A.
 1987 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Will Tussenbrook
- Rip Van Winkle (1987) ... Will Tussenbrook (as Christopher Penn)
 1986 At Close Range
Tommy (as Christopher Penn)
 1985 Pale Rider
Josh LaHood (as Christopher Penn)
 1984 The Wild Life
Tom Drake (as Christopher Penn)
 1984 Footloose
Willard (as Christopher Penn)
 1983 All the Right Moves
Brian (as Christopher Penn)
 1983 Rumble Fish
B.J. Jackson (as Christopher Penn)
 1982 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Wounded Soldier, in Vietnam
- Heal Thyself (1982) ... Wounded Soldier, in Vietnam (as Christopher Penn)
 1979 Charlie and the Talking Buzzard
Pete (as Christopher Penn)
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Christopher Penn


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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They offer me a lot more money to do something that was successful before than to take a risk. More power to the people who get to choose their roles. I don't. See more »


Buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 Slauson Avenue, Culver City, California (Los Angeles County). Section CC Tier 54 near father Leo Penn's site. See more »


Often played violent criminals with short fuses (examples include 'Nice Guy' Eddie in Reservoir Dogs (1992), Chez in The Funeral (1996), David Loach in Stealing Harvard (2002), Peter Romano in Corky Romano (2001), and Clive in Rush Hour (1998)) or law enforcement officials (such as Detective Phillip Braxton in Deceiver (1997), Sheriff Dolard in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (... See more »

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