AFI to fete Penn clan

Institute paying tribute to kin of late 'Matlock' thesp

The American Film Institute Associates, comprised of film, television and community members who develop programs to further AFI’s work,will award its Platinum Circle Award to the Penn family on Oct. 1 at the org’s Platinum Circle luncheon.

Fund-raising programs for AFIA, including the org’s Platinum Circle Award, International Film Series, Classic American Film Series and gala film premieres, have raised $4 million since inception in 1984.

Nod, which fetes families involved in the industry, will pay tribute to the late Leo Penn; wife Eileen; and family members Sean, Robin, Michael, Aimee and Chris.

Leo Penn is best known for his extensive work in series like “Matlock,” “Lost in Space,” “Starsky and Hutch,” and “Gunsmoke.”

Whenever the AFI Associates deems it appropriate, the group honors a family with the Platinum Circle. Past honorees include the Petrie, Fonda and Reynolds families. The first award was given to the family of actor Walter Matthau in 1997.

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