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Leo Penn

Leo Penn

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1921-08-27 · Deathday: 1998-09-05 (77 years old) · Gender: Male

13 Movies · 83 TV shows

Biography

Leonard Francis Penn (August 27, 1921 – September 5, 1998) was an American actor and director and the father of musician Michael Penn and actors Sean Penn and Chris Penn.

Career

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. He acted in numerous roles in the early years of television. In 1956, he was cast as Mr. Rico in the episode "Ringside Padre" of the religion anthology series, Crossroads. In 1957, he appeared in the episode "One If by Sea" of the military drama series, Navy Log. He was also cast in an episode of Beverly Garland's 1957-1958 groundbreaking crime drama, Decoy. In 1960, he played Cavage 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. He also appeared in another ABC adventure series, Straightaway, which focuses on automobile racing. On March 3, 1961, he co-starred with Peter Falk and Joyce Van Patten in the episode "Cold Turkey" of the ABC legal drama series, The Law and Mr. Jones starring James Whitmore. About this time, he also appeared on Pat O'Brien's ABC sitcom, Harrigan and Son. In the 1961-1962 television season Penn acted in the CBS crime drama, Checkmate in the episode The Button-Down Break and starred as Jerry Green in Gertrude Berg's CBS's sitcom Mrs. G. Goes to College renamed at mid-season as The Gertrude Berg Show. 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, Little House on the Prairie, Columbo, Hawaii Five-O, Trapper John, M.D., Hart To Hart, Magnum, P.I. and Father Murphy. In 1983, Penn was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for The Mississippi.

Personal Life

His first marriage, to Olive Deering, was dissolved in 1952. He was married in 1957 to actress Eileen Ryan, with whom he had three sons: singer Michael Penn (b.1958), and actors Sean Penn (b.1960) and Chris Penn (1965–2006). Leo Penn 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.

Early Life

Penn was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants Elizabeth (née Melincoff) and Maurice Daniel Penn (Lithuanian Jewish family).Penn served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II as a B-24 Liberator bombardier with the 755th Bomb Squadron, 458th Bomb Group, stationed in England as part of the Eighth Air Force.

Movies & TV shows

1995.

1 Movie

1993.

1 TV show

1989.

1 TV show

1988.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1987.

1 TV show

1986.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1984.

2 TV shows

1983.

1 TV show

1982.

4 TV shows

1981.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows

1980.

1 TV show

1979.

1 Movie · 5 TV shows

1978.

2 TV shows

1977.

1 Movie

1976.

1 TV show

1975.

2 TV shows

1974.

3 TV shows

1973.

4 TV shows

1972.

1 TV show

1971.

3 TV shows

1970.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1969.

2 TV shows

1968.

4 TV shows

1967.

4 TV shows

1966.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows

1965.

3 TV shows

1964.

1 TV show

1963.

2 TV shows

1962.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows

1961.

4 TV shows

1960.

1 TV show

1959.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows

1958.

2 TV shows

1957.

2 TV shows

1956.

1 TV show

1955.

2 TV shows

1952.

1 TV show

1951.

3 TV shows

1950.

2 TV shows

1949.

2 Movies

1948.

2 TV shows

1947.

1 Movie
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