Leo Penn Movies and Career Information
Aug 27, 1921
Leo Z. Penn (August 27, 1921—September 5, 1998) was an American actor and director, and father of actors Sean Penn, Chris Penn and musician Michael Penn. Penn was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants Elizabeth (née Melincoff) and Maurice Daniel Penn. Leo Penn may have had distant Sefardic ancestry, as his father's surname was originally "Piñon". Penn served as an officer and bombardier in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Penn supported the Hollywood trade unions and refused to accuse others to the House Un-American Activities Committee. He was black-listed, and Paramount refused to renew his contract. As a result Penn was not able to work as a movie actor. He found acting work in television, but CBS ousted him after receiving an anonymous accusation that he had addressed a political meeting. Barred from acting in film or TV, he became a director. In 1954, Penn won the Theatre World Award for his performance in the play The Girl on the Via Flaminia. Later, Penn would find work as a television director for shows such as Star Trek, I Spy, Starsky and Hutch,Custer, St. Elsewhere, Kojak, Cagney & Lacey, Columbo, Trapper John, M.D.
- Movies Directed by Leo Penn
- Man Called Adam 1966