Leo Penn

Born Aug 27, 1921

Leo Z. Penn was an American actor and director, and father of musician Michael Penn and actors Sean Penn and the late Chris Penn.

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1921 Birth Born on August 27, 1921.


1952 30 Years Old His first marriage, to Olive Deering, was dissolved in 1952.
1954 32 Years Old A life member of The Actors Studio, Penn won the Theatre World Award in 1954 for his performance in the play The Girl on the Via Flaminia. … Read More
1956 34 Years Old In 1956, he was cast as Mr. Rico in the episode "Ringside Padre" of the religion anthology series, Crossroads.
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In 1957, he appeared in the episode "One If by Sea" of the military drama series, Navy Log.
1958 36 Years Old He was married in 1958 to actress Eileen Ryan, and became the father of singer Michael Penn (b.1958), and actors Sean Penn (b.1960) and Chris Penn (1965-2006).
1960 38 Years Old In 1960, he played Cabbage in "The Poker Fiend" on Richard Boone's CBS western series, Have Gun - Will Travel.
In 1961, he was cast as Tiko in the episode "The World Is Her Oyster" of the ABC adventure series, The Islanders, set in the South Pacific, and appeared in an episode of the ABC crime drama The Asphalt Jungle. … Read More


1976 54 Years Old Penn landed work as a director for many television series, including, I Spy, Lost in Space, Star Trek, Blue Light, Custer, the 1976 western Sara, St. Elsewhere, Kojak, Starsky and Hutch, Cagney & Lacey, Columbo, Hawaii Five-O,Trapper John, M.D. and Father Murphy.


1983 61 Years Old In 1983, Penn was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for The Mississippi.
1998 77 Years Old He died of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California, on September 5, 1998 at the age of 77, and was interred at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
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