Leo Penn Biography (1921-1998)

Born August 27, 1921, in Lawrence, MA; died of lung cancer September 5, 1998,in Santa Monica, CA; married Eileen Ryan (an actress); children: Sean (an actor and director), Chris (an actor), Michael (a musician). Career: Actor, director, and screenwriter. Paramount, contract actor, 1945. Militaryservice: Army Air Corps, World War II. Awards, Honors: Theatre World Award, 1954, for The Girl on Via Flaminia; Emmy Award, best director of a drama series, 1973, for "Any Port in a Storm," Columbo; Emmy Award nomination, best director of a drama series, 1983, for "Old Hatreds Die Hard," Mississippi..

In the 1940s and 1950s Penn was blacklisted in Hollywood which led to his career change from actor to director.

actor, director, screenwriter
Birth Details
August 27, 1921
Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States
Death Details
September 5, 1998
Santa Monica, California, United States

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