Leo Penn

Leo Penn

Highest Rated: 80% Not Wanted (1949)

Lowest Rated: 75% The Crossing Guard (1995)

Birthday: Aug 27, 1921

Birthplace: Not Available

Over his career as a television director, Leo Penn helmed well over 400 primetime hours on a wide variety of series, ranging from Star Trek to I Spy to Diagnosis Murder. In 1973, he received an Emmy for directing a two-hour episode of Columbo titled "Any Port in a Storm." Before becoming a director, he acted on stage and in a few feature films, beginning with Shame (1945). His film career had just begun when Penn was blacklisted after attending a pro-union meeting with other actors. That the group was actively supporting the first blacklistees, the Hollywood Ten, only worsened matters. Unable to work in film, he turned to Broadway; there, along with his wife Eileen Ryan, he starred in several productions, including The Iceman Cometh, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Of Mice and Men. He also found acting jobs on television. In 1959, he returned to the screen in The Story on Page One, but by then the acting profession had lost its luster and he decided to become a director. He had his first helming job on the early-'60s medical drama Ben Casey. In the mid-'90s, Penn reentered feature films as an actor, appearing with his wife in his son Sean Penn's directorial debut The Crossing Guard (1995). Son Sean also produced the last play in which Penn performed, a 1997 production of Remembrance. Though Sean is most famous, Penn's other sons, Michael Penn and Chris Penn, are also in the entertainment industry, Michael as a singer/songwriter and Chris as an actor.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
75% The Crossing Guard Hank 1995
No Score Yet Judgment in Berlin Director Screenwriter 1988
No Score Yet The Wild Life Tom's Dad 1984
No Score Yet Murder in Music City Director 1979
No Score Yet A Man Called Adam Director 1966
No Score Yet The Story on Page One Morrie Goetz 1959
80% Not Wanted Steve Ryan 1949
No Score Yet The Undercover Man Sidney Gordon 1949

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
1993-2001
Director 1995
1994
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
Director Spaulding Russ Lewis 1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman
1987-1992
Director 1991
1989
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Director 1989
1978
1976
1975
1973
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Director 1986
1985
1982
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Director 1985
No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey
1982-1988
Director 1982
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
Director 1982
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
Director 1979
1978
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Director 1977
1974
1973
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
1976-1978
Director 1976
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Director 1975
1974
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Director 1975
1974
1973
1971
1969
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Director 1972
1971
1970
1968
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Director 1968
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Director 1967
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Director 1967
No Score Yet Lost in Space
1965-1968
Director 1967
1965
80% Star Trek
1966-1969
Director 1966
No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
1966-1967
Director 1966
No Score Yet Ben Casey
1961-1966
Director 1966
1965
1964
1963
1962
No Score Yet Dr. Kildare
1961-1966
Director 1965
1964
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
1979-1988
Director

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