Lee was a former drug dealer by trade, convicted of espionage for the Soviet Union and originally sentenced to life in prison, but was paroled in 1998.
He was nominated again for his comedic performance as an egotistical jazz guitarist in the film Sweet and Lowdown (1999). pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-1&pf_rd_r=YEEP34PPTFANMQHNAFZY&pf_rd_r=YEEP34PPTFANMQHNAFZY&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=a6c7a96c-1014-4823-98f1-bd7cfda4412a&pf_rd_p=a6c7a96c-1014-4823-98f1-bd7cfda4412a&pf_rd_i=917972 /gp/goldbox/140-4272371-4663541? is an American actor, filmmaker, and political activist.In 2004, Penn played Samuel Bicke, a character based on Samuel Byck, who in 1974 attempted and failed to assassinate President Richard Nixon, in The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004).
The same year, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Bush administration, his contact with the Presidents of Cuba and Venezuela, and his humanitarian work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (2005) and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.