Eileen Ryan, Actress and Mother of Sean, Chris, and Michael Penn, Died at the Age of 94!

Eileen Ryan, the mother of composer Michael Penn, and actors Sean Penn and Chris Penn, died on October 9 at her home. She was 94 years old.

Ryan’s acting credits include portraying Sean and Chris’ grandma in the 1986 film “At Close Range,” as well as appearing in Sean’s 1995 film “The Crossing Guard.”

Ryan was born in New York on October 16, 1927, to nurse Rose Isabel and dentist Amerigo Giuseppe Annucci. Ryan met the director and performer Leo Penn during rehearsals for the play “Iceman Cometh” in 1957. They married a few months later and were married for 41 years till Leo died in 1998.

Ryan appeared on television shows such as “Goodyear Playhouse,” “Studio One,” “The Detectives,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Outlaws,” “Bonanza,” “Matlock,” “NYPD Blue,” and “Men of a Certain Age” over her nearly six-decade career.

Other major film credits for Ryan include “Winter People,” “Judgement in Berlin,” “Parenthood,” “Magnolia,” “The Pledge,” “Anywhere but Here,” “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” “All the King’s Men,” “Feast,” “A Shape of Error,” “I Am Sam,” and “The Indian Runner.”

Her most recent film performance was in “Rules Don’t Apply,” a 2016 romantic comedy starring Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Annette Bening, Taissa Farmiga, Martin Sheen, and Warren Beatty, who also wrote and directed the picture.

She appeared on Broadway as Evie in “Sing Till Tomorrow” in 1953 and Lorraine in “Comes a Day” in 1958.

On Twitter, Michael paid tribute to Ryan by posting a photo of her with a broken heart emoji.

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