Penn, Chris: Actor Dies at 43

Actor Chris Penn, brother of Sean Penn, was found dead at his Santa Monica condominium. He was 43. Santa Monica police discovered the actor's body at his first-floor residence around 4 p.m., Lt. Frank Fabrega said. There were no obvious signs of foul play, Fabrega said. Autopsy results were pending.

“The Penn family would appreciate the media's respect of their privacy during this difficult time,” Mara Buxbaum, Sean Penn's publicist, said in a statement.

Penn's body was discovered in a bed inside the residence, located in a four-story complex near the beach on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, said Capt. Ed Winter of the county coroner's office. Authorities were called to the condominium complex by Penn's housekeeper, Winter said.

On Tuesday night, actor Martin Sheen left the condominium complex from a rear exit with two older women but did not comment.

Chris Penn's credits included “Mulholland Falls,””Rumble Fish,””All the Right Moves,””Footloose” and “Rush Hour.” He also played Nice Guy Eddie Cabot in the 1992 Quentin Tarantino crime drama “Reservoir Dogs.”

Although he was not as well known or praised as his brother Sean, critics said he often was underrated. “Just as talented as Sean ” just a lot less cocky,” Slate magazine critic Cintra Wilson wrote of him last year. He “makes you seamlessly believe in characters so much you barely even notice them.”

A bar on New York's Lower East Side called “Nice Guy Eddie's” was named for his performance in “Reservoir Dogs.” Penn attended the opening and mixed easily with patrons, said David McWater, the bar owner and an acquaintance of the actor.

Penn's late father, Leo Penn, directed television shows. His mother, Eileen Ryan, is an actress whose credits include “I Am Sam” (starring Sean), “Magnolia,” and “Parenthood.” His other brother is musician Michael Penn.

Chris Penn's latest film, “The Darwin Awards,” was scheduled to premiere Wednesday at the Sundance Film Festival.