Penny, Joe

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Joe Penny
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Penny, Joe Gender: M
Joseph Edward Penny, Jr.
born on 24 June 1956 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Kensington, England, 51n30, 0w12
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 02°36' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 12°31 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 04°34'


British-American film and TV actor. The son of an USAF member, Joe was raised in England ‘til he was six or seven when his folks moved to Georgia, where they divorced. Joe did not see his dad again until he was 22, after which they became fishing buddies. He and his mom moved to Florida, Texas and Mississippi before settling in California in 1968, where he graduated from high school in the Huntington Beach class of 1974. He had a few menial jobs before he discovered acting at 18. After a thorough apprenticeship, he got his SAG card in 1978 after appearing in the 1977 flick, "Delta County USA."

TV turned out to be a good medium for Penny and in the ‘80s, he was visible in three different weekly series, trigger-happy Bugsy Siegel in "The Gangster Chronicles," 1981, private eye Nick Ryder in "Riptide," 1984-86 and undercover investigator Jake Styles in "Jake and the Fatman," 1987-92. He was soon known as a Hollywood hunk, voted "Sexiest Man Alive" by the Star tabloid during his Jake and the Fatman days. After five seasons of Jake, Penny treated himself to a vacation that included Sweden, Finland and Russia.

He is a follower of the Nichinen Shoshu sect of Buddhism. While filming in Hawaii, he earned his diver certification. On the side, he has a band, "The Stray Dogs," that has remained so far a private hobby. Family is important to Penny and he is known for loyalty and honesty.

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  • Family : Change residence 1968 (Moved to CA)
  • Social : End a program of study 1974 (Graduated from Huntington High School)
  • Work : New Career 1977 (Film debut)
  • Social : Joined group 1978 (Received his SAG card)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1981 (Started in "Gangster Chronicles")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1984 (Started "Riptide")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1987 (Started "Jake and the Fatman")

Source Notes

Steinbrecher quotes Kristina Hope from Penny

(September 14, 1956 given in film reviews. FAN BIO writes, "I've run across various birthdates for Joe, but the Internet Movie Database lists June 24, 1956. He's of Italian-English descent. His father was in the US Air Force and his family was stationed in England when Joe was born. (According to the TV Guide, Joe is Joe Penny, Jr.) Alison wrote and corrected me on the way that I had Joe's birth written up, and since Alison lives in England, I think it's safe to say she knows better than I. Joe was born and raised in the Northwest section of London, which is also known as Middlesex.")


  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous (Handsome)
  • Traits : Personality : Principled strongly (Honest, loyal)
  • Family : Childhood : Parents divorced (Didn't see dad for 15 years)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Family (Important to him)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Groups (Private musical group)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Outdoors (Diving)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Travel
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Eastern (Buddhist)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film and TV)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Jake and the Fatman)