Chris Penn

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Chris Penn
Born Christopher Shannon Penn
October 10, 1965(1965-10-10)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died January 24, 2006(2006-01-24) (aged 40)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cardiomyopathy
Resting place Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, U.S.
Residence Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Christopher Penn
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–2006
Parents Leo Penn (deceased)
Eileen Ryan
Relatives Michael Penn (brother)
Sean Penn (brother)
Aimee Mann (sister-in-law)

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.

Early life[change | edit source]

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.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Jews Flop in Big Oscar Award Wins. Jewish Journal.com. March 5, 2004.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kelly, Richard T. Sean Penn: His Life and Times. Canongate U.S. 2004. ISBN 1841956236.