Leo Penn - Rotten Tomatoes

Leo Penn

Highest Rated:   80% Not Wanted (1949)
Lowest Rated:   75% The Crossing Guard (1995)
Birthday:  
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
1993-2001
  • Director
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
  • Spaulding Russ Lewis
  • Director
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night
1988-1995
  • Director
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1988
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 Mrs. Columbo
1979
  • Director
  • 1979
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
1974-1983
  • Director
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
  • Director
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1971
  • 1969
No Score Yet Cade's County
1971-1972
  • Director
  • 1972
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
  • Director
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1968
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
  • Director
  • 1969
  • 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 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1962-1965
  • Director
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
1979-1988
  • Director

Quotes from Leo Penn's Characters

No quotes approved yet.