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Sean Penn decides against divorce

Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn, pictured in 2001
The couple worked together on 2001 movie The Pledge

Hollywood star Sean Penn and his actress wife Robin Wright Penn have withdrawn their petition for a divorce.

A court in Marin County, California, dismissed the divorce proceedings at a hearing which neither attended.

The couple, who married in 1996, filed for divorce in December, with Wright Penn citing irreconcilable differences.

But they went to an Eddie Vedder gig on Monday, with Sean Penn reportedly dedicating a song to his wife from the stage. The pair have not commented.

When they filed for divorce, they were seeking joint custody of their two teenage children.

Penn has been nominated for a best actor Oscar four times, winning in 2004 for Mystic River.

He has also been acclaimed for his work as a director, with credits including The Indian Runner and 2007's Into The Wild.

He worked with Wright Penn on his 2001 movie The Pledge, which also starred Jack Nicholson.

The actress has also appeared in Beowulf and Forrest Gump.

Sean Penn, 47, was married to Madonna for almost four years during the 1980s.

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