Timeline of events in the life of actor Sean Penn

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Posted: Jan 10, 2016 4:56 PM

A timeline of events highlighting the screen career, personal life and political activism of Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn:

— Aug. 17, 1960 — Born in Santa Monica, California, to actor-director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan.

— 1974 — Appears as an extra in an episode of the TV show "Little House on the Prairie," a show his father directed.

— Dec. 18, 1981 — Penn begins film career in "Taps," playing cadet captain Alex Dwyer.

— Aug. 13, 1982 — Penn stars in cult classic "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" playing surfer-stoner Jeff Spicoli.

— Aug. 1985 — Marries pop star Madonna in a Malibu ocean-bluff ceremony buzzed by photographers in helicopters.

— Aug. 29, 1986 — Penn and Madonna star in "Shanghai Surprise," which garners negative reviews.

— June 24, 1987 — Penn serves more than half of a 60-day jail sentence for punching an extra on a film set. He was on probation then for punching another man he accused of trying to kiss Madonna in a nightclub in April 1986.

— 1988 — Penn charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly kicking a photographer and breaking his camera.

— 1989 — Madonna and Penn divorce.

— April 13, 1991 — Has first child, Dylan Penn, with actress Robin Wright.

— Sept. 20, 1991 — Directing debut in the crime drama "The Indian Runner" based on a Bruce Springsteen song, "Highway Patrolman."

— Aug. 6, 1993 — Penn and Wright have their second child, Hopper Jack Penn, named after actors Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson.

— 1995 — Picks up first Academy Award nomination for best actor for his role in "Dead Man Walking."

— April 1996 — Marries Robin Wright.

— Oct. 2002 — Penn buys $56,000 advertisement in the Washington Post and publishes open letter to President George W. Bush asking him to end the Iraq War. The letter helps spark Penn's friendship with Venezuela's leftist president, Hugo Chavez.

— Dec. 2002 — Spends three days in Bagdad and meets then Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, an associate of Saddam Hussein, shortly before U.S. war with Iraq.

— 2003 — Wins Academy Award for best actor in a leading role for performance in 2003 Boston crime-drama "Mystic River."

— Jan. 24, 2006 — Younger brother, actor Chris Penn, dies accidentally from an enlarged heart and effects of multiple medications. His brother is known for film roles in "Rush Hour" and "Footloose."

— Aug. 2007 — Tours Venezuela with Chavez, who praises Penn for urging Americans to impeach Bush.

— Jan. 22, 2009 — Earns second Academy Award for best actor, for portraying gay rights icon and politician Harvey Milk in "Milk."

— April 2009 — Files for divorce from Wright.

— Jan. 2010 — Flies to Haiti to help with relief efforts after massive earthquake.

— Feb. 2012 — Stands beside Chavez when Venezuela expresses support for Syrian government during 2011-2012 Syrian uprising.

— March 2015 — Stars in his latest film "The Gunman."

— Jan. 9, 2016 — Rolling Stone publishes a story from October 2015 interview involving Penn and fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who was recently captured after his latest escape from prison.