Sean Penn’s mother Eileen Ryan dies at age 94: The actress dies at home in Malibu

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

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

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

The legendary actress was the mother of actor Sean Penn, 62, musician Michael Penn, 64, and the late actor Chris Penn, who died in 2006 at the age of 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 a week on October 16.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eileen appeared steadily in television shows and was often directed by her husband in episodes of shows such as 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 Friends: Sean's friend Julia Roberts with Ryan at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala to Benefit J/P HRO in 2014

More Friends: Sean’s friend Julia Roberts with Ryan at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala to Benefit J/P HRO in 2014

Oh no: Ryan co-starred with David Arquette in the 2002 film Eight Legged Freaks

Oh no: Ryan co-starred with David Arquette in the 2002 film Eight Legged Freaks

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 put her acting career on hold to be a full-time mother for a few years.

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

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

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

Family Ties: Ryan with Robin Wright and Sean at the 2004 Academy Awards

Family Ties: Ryan with Robin Wright and Sean at the 2004 Academy Awards

Ensemble: Ryan (pictured fourth from right) was part of the cast of 1989's Parenthood with stars including Keanu Reeves, Joaquin Phoenix, Rick Moranis, Dianne Weist, Mary Steenburgen and Steve Martin

Ensemble: Ryan (pictured fourth from right) was part of the cast of 1989’s Parenthood with stars including Keanu Reeves, Joaquin Phoenix, Rick Moranis, Dianne Weist, Mary Steenburgen and Steve Martin

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