Sean Penn

by ethnic on December 29, 2007

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Birth Name: Sean Justin Penn

Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 17, 1960

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Italian, Irish (mother)

Sean Penn is an American actor, director, and political activist. He has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actor, for Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008).

He is the son of actor and director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan (born Eileen Annucci). He is the sibling of musician Michael Penn and actor Chris Penn. His father was Jewish (the son of immigrants from Russia and/or Lithuania) and his mother is of half Italian and half Irish ancestry. Sean was previously married to actress Robin Wright. They have two children, model Dylan Penn and actor Hopper Penn.

Sean’s mother has said said that his father could have had Sephardi Jewish ancestry, as the family’s original surname is said to be Pinon.

Sean’s paternal grandfather was Moische/Maurice Daniel Penn (the son of Bebka or Lillian). Moische was a Jewish emigrant from Merkinė, Lithuania.

Sarah’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth M. Melincoff (the daughter of Maurice Melincoff/Malinikoff and Sarah). Elizabeth was a Jewish emigrant, from Russia or Lithuania.

Sean’s maternal grandfather was Americus William Annucci (born Amerigo Giuseppe Annucci, the son of Federico/Francisco Annucci and Sofia/Sophia Bettini). Americus was born in New York, to Italian parents. Federico was the son of Antonio Annucci and Gratzia Cappobianco. Sofia was the daughter of Luigi Bettini and Vincenza D’Antonio.

Sean’s maternal grandmother was Rose Isabel Ryan (the daughter of Thomas Ryan and Mary Sheehan). Rose was born in New York, to an Irish father and a mother who was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Sources: Genealogies of Sean Penn –

Sean’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Sean’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Sean’s maternal great-grandparents, Federico/Francisco Annucci and Sofia/Sophia Bettini –

Sean’s maternal grandmother, Rose Isabel Ryan, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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tUMAGA July 28, 2018 at 2:20 pm

SADLY he and madonna never made a child together

it would have been beautiful

andrew October 4, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Marriage record of Sean’s maternal great-grandparents, Federico Annucci and Sofia Bettini:

andrew June 1, 2016 at 6:09 am
andrew October 5, 2015 at 5:27 am

Sean’s mother was a stunner

Sean’s maternal grandfather was Amerigo Giuseppe Annucci (Americus William Annucci)

hesh123 September 2, 2015 at 12:02 am

He is a bad person

neiltennant July 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm

handsome guy he looks very good

his blue eyes are awesome

ashash March 25, 2015 at 11:50 am
Colin April 14, 2011 at 11:25 am

Question: How Irish are you? Have you ever traced your Irish roots?

Sean Penn: Well, what time of day how Irish? I think the way you answer this question is… a quarter. I’m Spanish, Russian, Italian and Irish.

nnnnn May 24, 2013 at 2:52 am

He told, he’s “Russian”??? Actually, he doesn’t denyed,
that he’s a half-jew.
Di Caprio, too?

nnnnn May 24, 2013 at 3:01 am

I ment, if “russian” is a political correct variante for an
“east-european jew”

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I just imagined him toghether with his dad in Russian,
claiming “we are russian”

Misty Jean March 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Very handsome man. I thought he was just Italian.

tony March 24, 2012 at 4:59 am

“penn” is not italian name so surely not

nnnnn May 9, 2012 at 2:29 am

And he’s not hansome

COOLGUY2012 July 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Yeah, i thought that too.

Brittney December 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

He actually is extremely handsome. This is what a REAL man is supposed to look like. Not like many of you modern day, estrogen-filled, girly-looking Nancy boys.

LiL V4CH4 C0MiN yUR W4y January 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm

His mother also said that his dad might also could’ve had Spanish/French ancestry hence the last name Pinon and It’s on wikipedia with a source…

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm

And “Spanish” is political correct for “Sephardic”

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