Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Nice Guy Eddie R.I.P.

Actor Chris Penn, the younger brother of fellow thespian Sean and musician Michael, was found dead yesterday due to unknown causes. Like his famous brother, Chris began working in films early and co-starred in Francis Coppola's Rumble Fish, All the Right Moves (along with Tom Cruise), Footloose, Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider, and Robert Altman's Short Cuts, among many others. Some of my favorite Chris Penn roles were from The Wild Life (scripted by Cameron Crowe as a follow-up to Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Made in USA (a rarely seen "road trip" film with Lori Singer and Adrian Pasdar), At Close Range (an excellent crime film by James Foley and starring Sean Penn and Christopher Walken), True Romance, and of course, Reservoir Dogs, in which Penn played the foul-mouthed and very loyal Nice Guy Eddie.

He'll be missed. You can read more about the criminally overlooked character actor here.

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