Actor Joe Penny

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on March 7, 2004

I was wondering about Joe Penny, who I saw in a made-for-TV movie about a year ago. I hope he makes more movies. Seems somewhere I heard he had been ill.

—June N., California

Joe Penny has not been ill. He’s healthy and working, recently appearing in the TV shows Boomtown and 7th Heaven. He also made a few movies recently, though they only played in theaters overseas. Born in London and raised in the United States, Penny got into acting by chance. “When I was 18, I had a few friends who were in an acting class. I went and sat in on it and the rest is history,” he says. He made his debut in the 1977 TV film Delta County USA, and his career took off from there. His dark good looks made him a heartthrob of 1980s television, with starring roles in the shows The Gangster Chronicles, Riptide, and Jake and the Fatman. He also was a regular presence in TV movies such as Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife and Roses Are for the Rich. He’s always ready for the next project that comes along, and lives in Los Angeles.