Eileen Ryan, actress and mother of Sean Penn, dies at 94
(NEXSTAR) – Eileen Ryan, actress and mother to Michael, Sean, and Chris Penn, has died, her son announced Monday. She was 94.
In a Twitter post, her eldest son Michael wrote “We lost mom yesterday.” Ryan died at her home Sunday, one week before her birthday, People and CNN have confirmed. Additional details about her cause of death have not been released.
Ryan appeared in over 60 movies and TV shows throughout her decades-long career, her IMDb page reads.
She appeared in multiple films, including “Magnolia,” “I Am Sam,” and “Feast,” and had television roles in shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NYPD Blue,” and “Bonanza.”
Some of the projects she appeared in were directed by and featured son Sean Penn, including “The Indian Runner” and “All the King’s Men.” In the 1986 film “At Close Range,” Ryan played the grandmother of Sean and her youngest son, Chris.
Ryan’s last role was in the 2016 film “Rules Don’t Apply.”
She met her husband, director Leo Penn, in 1957 and the couple was married a few months later, CNN reports. Penn died in 1998 at the age of 77.
Together, Ryan and Penn share three sons: Michael, a singer-songwriter known for his 1989 hit “No Myth;” actor Sean; and actor Chris, who died in 2006.