Eileen Ryan

Eileen Ryan

About Eileen Ryan

Eileen Ryan (born October 16, 1928) is an American actress who has appeared in a number of movies and TV series. She is the widow of actor and director Leo Penn, and mother of singer Michael Penn and actors Sean Penn and the late Chris Penn. Ryan was born Eileen Annucci in New York City, the daughter of Rose Isabel (nee Ryan), a nurse, and Amerigo Giuseppe Annucci, a dentist. Ryan's mother was an Irish American native of Plattsburgh, New York, and her father was Italian American. She was married to Leo Penn, an actor and active union member, who was once blacklisted, from 1957 until his death in 1998. Ryan appeared with her sons Sean and Chris in the 1986 film At Close Range, as their grandmother. She also made a memorable appearance in The Crossing Guard, which Sean directed.

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