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Actor Chris Penn Found Dead at Residence (brother of Sean)
Yahoo ^ | 1/25/06

Posted on 01/25/2006 5:44:52 AM PST by Mr. Brightside

Actor Chris Penn Found Dead at Residence

By PAUL CHAVEZ, Associated Press Writer

36 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES - Actor Chris Penn, brother of Sean Penn, was found dead Tuesday at his condominium near the beach in Santa Monica, police said.

Police said they discovered the 40-year-old actor's body around 4 p.m. Lt. Frank Fabrega said there were no obvious signs of foul play.

Sean Penn's publicist, Mara Buxbaum, issued a statement saying that "the Penn family would appreciate the media's respect of their privacy during this difficult time."

Chris Penn's body was found inside the four-story condominium complex after police were called by someone from within the building, Fabrega said.

Penn's body was discovered in a bed inside the residence, located in a four-story condominium complex near the beach on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, said Capt. Ed Winter of the county coroner's office. Authorities were called to the condominium complex by Penn's housekeeper, Winter said.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, authorities said.

Chris Penn's credits included "Mulholland Falls," "Rumble Fish," "All the Right Moves," "Footloose" and "Rush Hour." He also played Nice Guy Eddie Cabot in the 1992 Quentin Tarantino crime drama "Reservoir Dogs."

His late father, Leo Penn, directed television shows. His mother, Eileen Ryan, is an actress whose credits include "I Am Sam," "Magnolia" and "Parenthood." Another brother is musician Michael Penn.

Chris Penn's latest film, "The Darwin Awards," was scheduled to premiere Wednesday at the Sundance Film Festival.


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Actor Chris Penn poses with an unidentified guest at the premiere
of 'Starsky & Hutch,' in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, in this
Feb. 26, 2004 file photo. Chris, the younger brother of Academy
Award winner Sean Penn, was found dead Tuesday Jan. 24, 2006
at a Santa Monica residence, police said.
(AP Photo/Tammie Arroyo, File)

1 posted on 01/25/2006 5:44:54 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Brightside

He was wonderful as the klutzy sidekick of Kevin Bacon in "Footloose."


2 posted on 01/25/2006 5:46:51 AM PST by LS
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To: Mr. Brightside

I'm more interested in Uncle Penn.


3 posted on 01/25/2006 5:46:55 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I'm... sure he will be missed?


4 posted on 01/25/2006 5:47:02 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: Mr. Brightside
He was a BIG BOY!
5 posted on 01/25/2006 5:48:03 AM PST by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: Mr. Brightside

You think that woman would have dated him if he were a McDonald's sidewalk sweeper???


6 posted on 01/25/2006 5:48:29 AM PST by Lunatic Fringe (North Texas Solutions http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: johnny7

By somebody anyway. Who was this guy again?


7 posted on 01/25/2006 5:48:30 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: johnny7

I didn't know he existed, until now.


8 posted on 01/25/2006 5:48:30 AM PST by pleikumud
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To: Mr. Brightside

Tell me again, why is this big news...?


9 posted on 01/25/2006 5:50:42 AM PST by marvlus
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To: Lunatic Fringe
You think that woman would have dated him if he were a McDonald's sidewalk sweeper???

Ha! I don't think any woman would have dated him if he had been anything other than Sean Penn's brother, esp. in Hollywood.

10 posted on 01/25/2006 5:51:55 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Probably his best role was "Nicky Dimes" in True Romance.
11 posted on 01/25/2006 5:52:14 AM PST by Lunatic Fringe (North Texas Solutions http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Boy, has he changed!


12 posted on 01/25/2006 5:54:41 AM PST by T.Smith
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To: Lunatic Fringe
You think that woman would have dated him if he were a McDonald's sidewalk sweeper???

Maybe she's his sister. :)

13 posted on 01/25/2006 5:54:59 AM PST by elli1
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To: Past Your Eyes

Penn makes good reels...


14 posted on 01/25/2006 5:55:13 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Chris Penn's latest film, "The Darwin Awards," was scheduled to premiere Wednesday at the Sundance Film Festival

That could turn out to be a classic irony.

15 posted on 01/25/2006 5:55:34 AM PST by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I loved this guy! That's very sad. Probably a drug overdose.....


16 posted on 01/25/2006 5:55:45 AM PST by Tx Angel
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To: Tx Angel

The news footage showed the police asking a neighbor about "his mood." Lends to possible suicide.


17 posted on 01/25/2006 5:56:35 AM PST by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Which one was "Nicky Dimes?"


18 posted on 01/25/2006 5:57:02 AM PST by Steely Tom
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To: Mr. Brightside

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1556083/posts. Here is what is killing his brother.


19 posted on 01/25/2006 5:59:03 AM PST by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Never saw it.


20 posted on 01/25/2006 5:59:31 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: LS
He was also great as Eddie in "The Reservoir Dogs", he was the son of the groups leader who died in the mexican standoff in the end.
21 posted on 01/25/2006 6:00:58 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: Mr. Brightside

My sympathies to Sean Penn and his other family members.


22 posted on 01/25/2006 6:04:50 AM PST by loreldan (Lincoln, Reagan, & G. W. Bush - the cure for Democrat lunacy.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
The guy did a lot of movies. First time I saw him was in " At Close Range" with his brother Sean and Christopher Walken.

That was a pretty good movie based on a true story out of PA.

He was very thin then. Not sure what happened to him along the way but 40 is too young to die of natural causes.
23 posted on 01/25/2006 6:04:55 AM PST by dagoofyfoot
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To: Mr. Brightside

I liked him in the movies...this is too bad.


24 posted on 01/25/2006 6:06:33 AM PST by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

True Romance is one of my all time favorites, if not the.


25 posted on 01/25/2006 6:08:17 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Tx Angel

Too bad it wasn't his traitorous brother.


26 posted on 01/25/2006 6:09:39 AM PST by ohioman
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To: Mr. Brightside
IMDB - Chris Penn
27 posted on 01/25/2006 6:10:01 AM PST by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: pleikumud
I didn't know he existed, until now

Until now, I forgot he existed.

It's the same with all the Penns; they're so irrelevant

28 posted on 01/25/2006 6:11:12 AM PST by Bear_Slayer
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To: xsrdx

The Wild Life was excellent mindless 80's hoo-ha. "LES GIRLS"!


29 posted on 01/25/2006 6:12:07 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Bush's Fault

It's political payback.

sarcasm off

30 posted on 01/25/2006 6:14:13 AM PST by Loud Mime (Republicans protect Americans from terrorists, Democrats protect terrorists from Americans)
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To: Abathar
Pale Rider, At Close Range, True Romance, Reservoir Dogs.

A pretty busy character actor, did some narration for documentaries and video games also.

Always a reliable tough guy - sad.

31 posted on 01/25/2006 6:14:47 AM PST by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: Mr. Brightside

what? no mention of the cheesy "best of the best" movies? no mention of him being the guy who chris tucker tried to blow up in "rush hour"?


32 posted on 01/25/2006 6:15:26 AM PST by absolootezer0 ("My God, why have you forsaken us.. no wait, its the liberals that have forsaken you... my bad")
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To: xsrdx

and who can forget BEST OF THE BEST.


33 posted on 01/25/2006 6:17:09 AM PST by Blue Turtle
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To: absolootezer0

One's first thought is "drugs", but after seeing his picture I think it may be "heart attack".


34 posted on 01/25/2006 6:18:32 AM PST by WVNan
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To: dagoofyfoot

I thought he was very good in "At Close Range".

God rest his soul and comfort the Penn family during this tragedy.


35 posted on 01/25/2006 6:22:42 AM PST by poobear (Imagine a world of liberal silence!)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Favorite Bluegrass song!


36 posted on 01/25/2006 6:24:28 AM PST by irishlass
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To: Lunatic Fringe

He was great in that. I loved that movie...


37 posted on 01/25/2006 6:25:49 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (Here we go Steelers, here we go!!! One for the thumb!!!)
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To: xsrdx

Ah, yes.

Pale Rider. I was trying to remember the role where he was a cowboy.


38 posted on 01/25/2006 6:34:04 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Bear_Slayer

The Penns are typical of the current state of Hollywood. Daddy had a job directing TV shows 40 years ago, so now we have to be saddled with the whole talentless family.

There was a time where the people who made it in show business were genuinely talented, extraordinary people. You paid to watch them because they made it worthwhile. But nowadays everybody is somebody's kid, or belongs to the same Kaballah ring or Scientology coven, and there is nothing extraordinary about them.

If I am going to look at a bunch of ordinary people, I'll deal with the people at my job, my neighborhood or my church. They're in Sense-Surrond 3D Hi-Rez Super-Wide-Screen format, and they're free!


39 posted on 01/25/2006 6:39:08 AM PST by gridlock (It's not really a circus until Teddy Kennedy steps out of the clown car...)
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To: xsrdx
I always did like him a lot better than his brother, and I mean on the screen. He seemed to have the brains of the two, but unfortunately his brother made it big.
40 posted on 01/25/2006 6:44:51 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I still don't recognize him, may he rest in peace.

41 posted on 01/25/2006 6:45:40 AM PST by steelcurtain
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To: Steely Tom

Nicky Dimes was the light-haired cop that killed the bodyguard in the last shootout.

"I'll call you a hearse."


42 posted on 01/25/2006 6:48:29 AM PST by Lunatic Fringe (North Texas Solutions http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Nicky Dimes was the light-haired cop that killed the bodyguard in the last shootout.

Thanks, LF.

(steely)

43 posted on 01/25/2006 6:51:09 AM PST by Steely Tom
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To: dagoofyfoot
Not sure what happened to him along the way but 40 is too young to die of natural causes.

Normally I would agree but my best friend died at 36 from a blood clot to the lung. Natural causes can happen at young ages. But I agree with your sentiment that it is too young to die.

44 posted on 01/25/2006 6:53:12 AM PST by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: TXBubba
40 is too young to die of natural causes

Normally true, but an exception is made for heavy smokers, several of which I knew that died very young. Add a weight problem and you've got a morbidly risky situation.

46 posted on 01/25/2006 10:29:59 AM PST by at bay
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To: xsrdx

Chris Penn played any role given him very well. Funny and klutzy one minute. Vicious and mean the next. When his face was partially shadowed, Chris could be down right scary!

A Richard Widmark/Tommy Udo kind of tough guy.

I shall miss him.

Jack.


47 posted on 01/25/2006 10:47:13 AM PST by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Disemboweler of the WFTD Thread)
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To: at bay

Agreed. And my friend was neither overweight or a smoker. She just had a blood clot that went to her lung. It happens.


48 posted on 01/25/2006 10:51:17 AM PST by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Hadn't seen him in a while.

He does not look well even in that photo.


49 posted on 01/25/2006 11:05:25 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: TXBubba

The smoking & drinking are assumed considering where & how he lives (Hollywood, parties, etc.) Seeing how heavy he has become, diabetes enters as a real posibility. Hint, hint MEN, get a thorough physical early!


50 posted on 01/25/2006 11:21:13 AM PST by Apple Blossom (...around here, city hall is something of a between meals snack.)
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