Sean Penn files for legal separation

The Associated PressMay 1, 2009 

Sean Penn and Robin Wright apparently tried to make it work, but now, it seems their marriage might be over for good.

Penn and his actress wife are separating after 13 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

The double Oscar winner filed the petition April 23 in Marin County Superior Court in San Rafael, Calif., according to court papers.

The couple married in April 1996. Penn has requested joint legal and physical custody of their 18-year-old daughter, Dylan Francis, and 15-year-old son, Hopper Jack.

This isn't the first indication of marital strife. The Penns filed for divorce in December 2007 but dismissed their petition several months later.

They attended the Academy Awards together in February. Penn, 48, won an Oscar for his role in the drama "Milk" and neglected to thank his wife in his acceptance speech.

Calls to the couple's representative, Mara Buxbaum, and Penn's lawyer, Mindy Lauren Ross, were not immediately returned. A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 21, according to the Marin County Superior Court Web site.

Penn met Wright on the set of the 1990 Irish mob movie "State of Grace." The famously brooding actor, who previously divorced first wife Madonna, seemed to find the yin to his yang in the luminous actress, whose serene demeanor tempered his macho swagger. Wright, who was married once before to former soap star Dane Witherspoon, has said Penn helped her gain confidence.

Penn launched his acclaimed acting career as the stoned surfer dude Jeff Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." His other, much heavier, roles include "Dead Man Walking," "21 Grams," "I Am Sam," "All the King's Men" and "Mystic River," for which he won a best actor Oscar in 2004.

Wright, 43, is best known for her role in "The Princess Bride" in 1987 and "Forrest Gump" in 1994 opposite Tom Hanks.

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