Chris Penn

Starsky and Hutch World Premiere in Los Angeles

Penn in 2004, photo by

Birth Name: Christopher Shannon Penn

Date of Birth: October 10, 1965

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: January 24, 2006

Place of Death: Santa Monica, California, U.S.

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Italian, Irish

Chris Penn was an American actor.

Chris was the son of actor and director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan (born Eileen Annucci). He is the brother of musician Michael Penn and actor Sean Penn. His father was Jewish, the son of emigrants from Russia and/or Lithuania. His mother was of half Italian and half Irish ancestry. His niece is model Dylan Penn and his nephew is actor Hopper Penn. Chris’s brother Michael is married to singer and songwriter Aimee Mann.

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

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

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

Chris’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. FeFederico was born in Potenza, Basilicata, the son of Antonio Annucci and Gratzia Cappobianco. Sofia was the daughter of Luigi Bettini and Vincenza D’Antonio.

Chris’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 to a mother who was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Sources: Genealogies of Chris Penn –

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

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

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

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


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