Sean Penn’s mother Eileen Ryan dies at 94: The actresspasses away at home in Malibu


Sean Penn’s mother Eileen Ryan dies at 94: The legendary actress who starred on Little House On The Prairie and Bonanza passes away at home in Malibu

  • Eileen Ryan died on Sunday at her home in Malibu, a rep for the star announced
  • The legendary actress was mother to actor Sean Penn, 62 
  • She also had musician Michael Penn, 64, and late actor Chris Penn, who died in 2006 at age 40 
  • Ryan was married to actor and director Leo Penn from 1957 until his death 
  • The actress would have turned 95 in one week on October 16

Eileen Ryan died on Sunday at her home in Malibu, a rep for the star announced.

The legendary actress was mother to actor Sean Penn, 62, musician Michael Penn, 64, and late actor Chris Penn, who died in 2006 at age 40.

Ryan was married to actor and director Leo Penn from 1957 until his death in 1998, with the two marrying months after they met.

The stage trained actress would have turned 95 in one week on October 16. 

Rest in peace: Eileen Ryan died on Sunday at her home in Malibu, a rep for the star announced

The legendary actress was mother to actor Sean Penn, 62, musician Michael Penn, 64, and late actor Chris Penn, who died in 2006 at age 40; pictured with Sean in 2007

The legendary actress was mother to actor Sean Penn, 62, musician Michael Penn, 64, and late actor Chris Penn, who died in 2006 at age 40; pictured with Sean in 2007

Ryan often attended red carpet events with her son and his friends, such as Julia Roberts.

The entertainer’s first television appearance was on the drama series Goodyear Television Playhouse in 1955.

Before that she appeared on Broadway, making her debut in 1953’s Sing Till Tomorrow at age 25 and later acting in Comes a Day in 1958.

Eileen steadily showed up on TV shows and was often directed by her husband on episodes of shows like Bonanza, Cannon, and Little House on the Prairie.

Family: Eileen and her son Sean shared a professional life, working together on The Indian Runner, All the King’s Men, and I Am Sam, among others; pictured in 2004

Family: Eileen and her son Sean shared a professional life, working together on The Indian Runner, All the King’s Men, and I Am Sam, among others; pictured in 2004

More pals: Sean's pal Julia Roberts with Ryan at the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO in 2014

More pals: Sean’s pal Julia Roberts with Ryan at the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO in 2014

She and their son Sean also shared a professional life, working together on The Indian Runner, All the King’s Men, and I Am Sam, among others.

But before sharing the screen with her son, she paused her acting career to be a full-time mom for some years.

In 1986, however, she played her sons Sean’s and Chris’ on-screen grandmother in At Close Range.

She last appeared in Warren Beatty’s romantic dramedy Rules Don’t Apply in 2016.

Eileen’s cause of death was not shared by reps. 

Family bond: Ryan with Robin Wright and Sean at the Oscars in 2004

Family bond: Ryan with Robin Wright and Sean at the Oscars in 2004

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