“Kelly draws on a rich array of exclusive interviews. . . . Film buffs and aspiring actors and screenwriters . . . will find much to enjoy.” Judith Wynn, The Boston Herald
His Life and Times
978-1-84195-739-5 • $15.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2006
An authorized biography in the form of an oral history, Sean Penn is a fascinating portrait of the actor and director hailed by Time magazine as “a worthy heir to Brando and Dean.”
Sean Penn had barely hit our movie screens before he was hailed as “the best actor of his generation.” Then, his tumultuous marriage to Madonna turned his life into pulp fiction, even landing him in jail. But Penn was made of sterner stuff, reemerging as a brilliant director, devoted father, occasional hell-raiser, and reluctant actor, capable of breathtaking performances (Dead Man Walking, Sweet and Lowdown, Mystic River, and most recently, 21 Grams). He also found his political voice, inspired by the example of his father, Leo, a decorated World War II serviceman whose acting career was cruelly curtailed during the 1940s blacklist era.
Illustrated with over seventy-five black-and-white photographs, and drawing on exclusive interviews with Penn, his family, friends, and colleagues (Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Woody Allen, Susan Sarandon, Bono, Christopher Walken, Angelica Huston, and many more), Kelly creates a richly detailed and multifaceted portrait of an uncompromising American artist.