Chris Penn

American actor (1965–2006)

Christopher Shannon "Chris" Penn (October 10, 1965 – January 24, 2006) was an American movie and television actor. He is known for being in movies such as The Wild Life, Reservoir Dogs, Footloose, Rush Hour, True Romance, All the Right Moves and Pale Rider.

Chris Penn
Christopher Shannon Penn

(1965-10-10)October 10, 1965
DiedJanuary 24, 2006(2006-01-24) (aged 40)
Cause of deathCardiomyopathy
Resting placeHoly Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, U.S.
Other namesChristopher Penn
Years active1979–2006
Parent(s)Leo Penn (deceased)
Eileen Ryan
RelativesMichael Penn (brother)
Sean Penn (brother)
Aimee Mann (sister-in-law)

Early life


Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the youngest son of Leo Penn, an actor and director, and Eileen Ryan (née Annucci), an actress. His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Lithuania and Russia,[1] and his mother was a Roman Catholic of Italian and Irish descent.[2] According to Penn's mother, Leo Penn may have had distant Spanish ancestry, as the family's surname was originally "Piñón".[2] His brothers are actor Sean Penn and musician Michael Penn.


  1. Jews Flop in Big Oscar Award Wins Archived 2005-04-28 at the Wayback Machine. Jewish March 5, 2004.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kelly, Richard T. Sean Penn: His Life and Times. Canongate U.S. 2004. ISBN 1841956236.