Actor, Writer, DirectorPenn has become a film icon in a career spanning over three decades as an actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He has been nominated five times for the Academy Award® as Best Actor and won his first Oscar® in 2003 in Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" and his second in 2009 in Gus Van Sant's "Milk." Penn has directed five feature films including the highly acclaimed "Into the Wild," based on Jon Krakauer's best-selling non-fiction book.
As a journalist, Penn has written a series of articles for The San Francisco Chronicle based on visits to Iraq and Iran, and his interview with President Castro for The Nation was the first-ever with an international journalist. Penn’s latest story for Rolling Stone was based on an interview with then at large drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera.
Penn's humanitarian work found him in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Penn has devoted much of his time and resources over the last five years to the NGO he founded J/P Haitian Relief Organization (www.jphro.org) which currently employs approximately 350 predominantly Haitian staff. For his efforts, Penn has received numerous accolades including The Commander's Award for Service (US Army 82nd Airborne Division), Commendation of Excellence United States Southern Command, the 2012 Peace Summit Award at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and the International Humanitarian Service Award from the American Red Cross. Penn was also appointed Ambassador at Large for Haiti by President Michel Martelly.