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      Joe Penny

      Joe Penny

      Highest Rated: 75% Bloody Birthday (1981)

      Lowest Rated: 75% Bloody Birthday (1981)

      Birthday: Jun 24, 1956

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      Notoriously photo-shy in his teenage years, actor Joe Penny would skip school on picture day. He is listed as "missing in action" in every yearbook of Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California. After high school, he studied with renowned acting teacher Lee Strasberg, and worked as a laborer while seeking acting gigs. He secured his first job in 1977, on "Forever Fernwood," a spinoff of the soap opera parody "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." By the time the 1980s arrived, Penny had a substantial roster of minor roles behind him, and he began to move into the starring parts. His first major television program was "Riptide," in 1984. He played Nick Ryder, a soldier who starts a detective agency in Los Angeles along with a partner, played by Perry King,. That show came to an end after three seasons, and it didn't take long before he was appearing in another lead role, playing another private investigator. In the crime drama "Jake and the Fatman," he played Jake Styles, who worked for a crusty old prosecutor, played by William Conrad. The show proved to be another hit for Penny, running for five seasons. He has remained one of the most recognizable faces on television, having since gone on to appear in multitudes of TV shows usually playing cops, mobsters, and detectives.

      Highest rated movies

      Bloody Birthday

      Photos

      OUR WINNING SEASON, Dennis Quaid, Randy Hermann, Scott Jacoby, Joe Penny, 1978, (c) American International Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Night Inn Sam (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Betrayed at 17 John Taylor (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder Frank Darnell (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 20% Reign of the Gargoyles Gus (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 40% Jane Doe: How to Fire Your Boss Frank Darnell (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Doe: Ties That Bind Frank Darnell (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well Frank Darnell (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Doe: 'Til Death Do Us Part Frank Darnell (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Doe: The Wrong Face Frank Darnell (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 29% Jane Doe: Vanishing Act Agent Frank Darnell (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't Frank Darnell (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 11% Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall Frank Darnell (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Phone: Checkmate Darrow (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Against Time George Tomich (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Phone: Manhunt Unknown (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 22% BitterSweet Carl Peckato (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 27% Family of Cops III Ben Fein (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 22% The Prophet's Game Walter Motter (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 46% The Little Unicorn Tiny (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 13% Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II Ben Fein (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stranger in My Home Ned Covington (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She Woke Up Pregnant Dr. Roger Nolton (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Jeopardy John Dubroski (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Young at Heart Mike (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror in the Night Lonnie (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Disappearance of Vonnie Ron Rickman (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hunter Lonnie (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Danger of Love Michael Carlin (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bodily Harm Dr. Ed Betters (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Operation Dr. Ed Betters (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 0% A Whisper Kills Dan Walker (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 75% Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife Edward Moran (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star Robert McCay (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Don Paul Baron (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Riptide Nick Ryder (Character) - 1984
      75% 36% Bloody Birthday Mr. Harding (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lifepod Simmons (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Samurai Lee Cantrell (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Winning Season Dean Berger (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deathmoon Rick Bladen (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Delta County, U.S.A. Joe Ed (Character) - 1977

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2009-2010
      No Score Yet 65% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      44% No Score Yet Threshold Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 7th Heaven Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      96% No Score Yet Boomtown Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      92% 96% The Sopranos Victor Musto (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sopranos (With Audio Commentary) Victor Musto (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twice in a Lifetime Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Jake Styles (Character) 1987-1992
      No Score Yet 83% The Twilight Zone Unknown (Character) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Riptide Nick Ryder (Character) 1984-1986
      66% No Score Yet Archie Bunker's Place Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown (Guest Star) 1977