Penn launched his film career with the action-drama Taps (1981), where he played a military high school cadet.
Lee was a former drug dealer by trade, convicted of espionage for the Soviet Union and originally sentenced to life in prison, but was paroled in 1998.
He became known as a prominent leading actor with the drama Dead Man Walking (1995), for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination and the Best Actor Award at the Berlin Film Festival.
Penn received another two Oscar nominations for Woody Allen's comedy-drama Sweet and Lowdown (1999) and the drama I Am Sam (2001), before winning his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003 for Mystic River and a second one in 2008 for Milk.
Penn plays Jim Terrier, a sniper on a mercenary assassination team who kills the minister of mines of the Congo.
Penn made his directorial debut with The Indian Runner (1991), a crime drama film based on Bruce Springsteen's song "Highway Patrolman", from the album Nebraska (1982).
is an American actor, filmmaker, and political activist.
He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama Mystic River (2003) and the biopic Milk (2008).
In November 2008, Penn earned positive reviews for his portrayal of real-life gay-rights icon and politician Harvey Milk in the biopic Milk (2008), and was nominated for best actor for the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards.The same year, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Next, Penn portrayed governor Willie Stark (based on Huey Long) in an adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's classic 1946 American novel All the King's Men (2006).The film also earned Penn his fifth nomination and second win for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Wilson in Fair Game (2010), a film adaptation of Valerie Plame's 2007 memoir.He co-starred in the drama The Tree of Life (2011), which won the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.He was nominated again for his comedic performance as an egotistical jazz guitarist in the film Sweet and Lowdown (1999).