Character actor Chris Penn, younger brother of Oscar-winner Sean Penn, was found dead on Tuesday at an apartment near the Pacific Ocean in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica, police sources said.My favorite Chris Penn performance is his role as Kevin Bacon's friend in 1984's Footloose. I'll never forget the montage where Kevin Bacon teaches him how to dance. It's awesome. Let's hear it for the boy.
No cause of death was immediately determined but there was no sign of foul play, the sources added.
A family spokeswoman confirmed the death and said the Penn family "would appreciate the media's respect of their privacy during this difficult time."
Penn, 43, was a character actor who appeared in dozens of films including Reservoir Dogs, Mullholland Falls and the 2004 film Starsky & Hutch.
In one of his best known roles, he played baby-faced criminal Nice Guy Eddie Cabot in director Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. He also starred along with his brother in the 1986 film At Close Range.