Eileen Ryan Death – Eileen Ryan, an actress who worked alongside her late husband, actor-director Leo Penn, and her two-time Oscar-winning son, Sean Penn, on Broadway and in movies and TV shows, passed away on Sunday at her Malibu home, according to a publicist. She was 94.
Michael Penn, another son who is a composer and songwriter, is also a survivor. Actor Chris Penn, her youngest child, passed away in 2006.
When Ryan decided to become a full-time mother, she gave up her acting career and once declined the lead role in a John Frankenheimer-directed movie. She later came back, though, to play minor roles in films like At Close Range (1986), in which she played the grandmother of Sean and Christopher’s characters.