Chris Penn was an American actor who was born on 10th October 1965 in Los Angeles, California to Leo Penn, an actor-turned- director and Eileen Ryan, an actress. He was the youngest of the three siblings, and his brothers are actor
. Chris had decided early in his life to follow the footsteps of his parents. Even during high school he, along with his brother Sean, made many short films.
Chris started his acting career at the age of twelve at the Loft Studio and debuted in the movie, ‘Charlie and the Talking Buzzard’. Next, he acted in the acclaimed director, Francis Coppola’s film, ‘Rumble Fish’ following which he shared the screen with in the movie ‘All the Right Moves.’ Then he gave a remarkable performance in the hit dance movie ‘
After appearing in the film ‘Pale Rider’, he acted in another flick, ‘At Close Range’, which he said was very close to his heart as he co-starred with his brother Sean and mother, Eileen in it. After this, he acted in many films like ‘Made in U.S.A’, ‘Mobsters’ and ‘Best of Best’. His performance in ‘Best of Best’ needs special mention owing to the spectacular display of his martial arts skill. Chris, who is a karate black-belt, plays Travis Brickley, a member of the U.S Taekwondo team pitted against Korea.
Then Chris starred in the film, ‘Reservoir Dogs’, which critics claim as one of his best performances. The film narrates the story of a botched diamond heist, and it became a cult hit and is said to have kick-started the directing career of
. His portrayal of “Nice Guy” Eddie Cabot was widely critically acclaimed. Chris went on to give another memorable albeit smaller performance as Nicky Dimes in another film of Tarantino, ‘True Romance’. His extra- ordinary acting in the movie, The Funeral earned him the award for Best Supporting Actor at the Venice Film Festival.
He has acted in many other cinemas like ‘The Boys Club’, ‘Rush Hour’, ‘Short Cuts’, ‘Mulholland Falls’, ‘Murder by Numbers’, ‘One Tough Cop’, ‘The Florentine’ and ‘Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang)’. He acted in some supporting roles during the last years of his career like ‘After the Sunset’, ‘Starsky and Hutch’, ‘King of Sorrow’. He also starred in TV series like ‘The Young Riders’, ‘Will & Grace’ and ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’. He also featured in the video game, ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’.
Throughout his life, Chris Penn had struggled with multiple drug usage and heart diseases. He was found dead on 24th January 2006 in his home. The cause of death was declared as ‘nonspecific cardiomyopathy.’ The claim that he was 40 when he dies is under speculation as some obituaries, given 1962 as his year of birth. He is laid to rest in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. People always remember him for his contribution towards gifting the world with some classic films and memorable performances.