Christopher Penn


Christopher Penn Trivia


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    • Chris won the Volpi Cup for his work in The Funeral, at the 1996 Venice Film Festival.

    • Chris was thrown out of the Hollywood hot-spot Skybar for fighting with a midget. The 5'10in, 280 lb Chris exchanged insults, as well as punches with the 3'5in man before guards dragged him out, still yelling to 'let him at that midget!'.

    • Chris's funeral was attended by: Robin Wright Penn, Sean Penn, Mark Ruffalo, James Gandolfini, Jack Nicholson, Tom Sizemore, Robert Downey Jr., Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon.

    • Chris played the role of Stifler's dad in the comedy American Pie 2, but his role was cut out of the movie, because it didn't fit in with the original.

    • Chris appeared in To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar alongside Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and Blythe Danner.

    • Chris spoofed his tough-guy persona when he appeared alongside funny guy Chris Kataan as his brother, in Corky Romano in 2001.

    • Chris plays the frustrated husband of a phone sex operator that works out of their home, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, in Robert Altman's 1993 film Short Cuts.

    • Chris was cast in True Romance as narcotics officer Nicky Dimes, alongside Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater in 1993.

    • Chris's big breakthrough came when he was chosen to appear in Francis Ford Coppola's teen gang movie Rumble Fish, in 1983. Chris acted alongside Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke.

    • Chris played Nice Guy Eddie, the compliant son of Lawrence Tierney's mob boss, in the Quentin Tarantino cult hit Reservoir Dogs, in 1992.

    • Chris appeared in the television campaign advertising for the Infinity Car Company, from 1998 to 1999.

    • Chris appeared in the music video for Sublime's 'Date Rape', as well as in Jay Z's video for 'Can I Get A...'.

    • Chris is featured on the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, as the voice of narcotics officer Eddie Pulaski.

    • Chris made his film debut in the 1979 movie Charlie and the Talking Buzzard starring Christopher Hanks.

    • Chris was romantically involved with Steffiana De La Cruz, the pair lived together from 1993 through 1999.

    • Chris is buried next to his father Lee Penn, at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

    • Chris was born on June 10th, 1962 in Los Angeles, California. He was the son of director Lee Penn and actress Eileen Ryan. His family is full of entertainers: Brother Michael is a singer, Brothers Sean and Matthew are actors as well.

    • Chris was the brother-in-law of Aimee Mann.

    • Chris started acting when he was 12 years old, under the teachings of acting guru Peggy Feury at the Loft Studio in Los Angeles, California.

    • Chris had a black belt in karate.

    • Chris was in the 1984 movie Footloose alongside Lori Singer, playing Kevin Bacon's best friend. He was taught to dance in the movie by Kevin, to the Deniece Williams hit 'Let's Hear It For The Boy'.

    • Chris passed away in his condo in Santa Monica, California, at forty years of age on January 26th, 2006. No foul play is believed to have been involved, the toxicology report showed that he was highly intoxicated with a combination of substances. Marijuana, Morphine, Valium, Codeine, and an antihistamine were all discovered through analysis. He weighed 280 lbs, and had a history of drug abuse, as well as an enlarged heart.

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