TV and Film Actor Eileen Ryan, Sean Penn’s Mother, Dies

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Television, film as well as Broadway performer Eileen Ryan has died at the age of 94.

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -MALIBU, California (AP) – Eileen Ryan, an actor who was seen on TV as well as in films as well as on Broadway as the Matriarch of the arts-loving Penn family has passed away. She was 94.

Ryan is the mom of actor Sean Penn and Christopher Penn and musician Michael Penn, died at her home in Malibu, California on Sunday according the family spokesperson Mara Buxbaum. Ryan would have been 95 on Sunday.

“We lost mom yesterday,” Michael Penn tweeted with an emoji of a broken heart.

There were two roles she played at Broadway during the 50swhich were both brief-lived as part of “Sing Till Tomorrow” in 1953, and “Comes a Day” in 1958.

It was in 1957 that Ryan attended rehearsals to prepare for “Iceman Cometh” when she came across Leo Penn, who had assumed the role of Jason Robards at the Circle in the Square production. They were married after a few days of their meeting and got married a few weeks after. Leo Penn died in 1998.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 11: Sean Penn and Eileen Ryan Penn attend the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization)

The actress’ TV roles include “Private Practice,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Bonanza,” “The Detectives,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Arli $$,” “Ally McBeal,” “NYPD Blue,” “ER,” “CSI,” “Men of a Certain Age” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Her film role were in “Parenthood,” and “Benny & Joon.” She also appeared as a mother and son in films which included “At Close Range,” “I Am Sam,” “The Indian Runner” and “The Crossing Guard.”

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