Joe Penny

Joe Penny

Birth name: Joseph Edward Penny Jr.
Born: June 24, 1956
Age: 66
Birthplace: Uxbridge, London, England, UK
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Joseph Edward Penny Jr. (born 24 June 1956) is an Italian/English-born American actor best known for his roles as Nick Ryder on the detective series Riptide from 1984 to 1986, and as Jake Styles in the CBS television series Jake and the Fatman from 1987 to 1992.

Penny was born in Uxbridge, London to an American father, Joseph Edward Penny, Sr., and an Italian mother. He was brought up in Marietta, Georgia. After his parents divorced, he moved to California with his mother. He attended Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California, where he played football and basketball.[1]



Starting with a minor role on Forever Fernwood in 1977, Penny has appeared in numerous TV films and television series, including in major roles on Riptide and Jake and the Fatman. He has also made many guest appearances on television shows including Touched by an Angel, T. J. Hooker, Vega$, Matt Houston, Lou Grant, CHiPs, Flamingo Road, The Sopranos, Diagnosis: Murder, Walker, Texas Ranger, Archie Bunker's Place, 7th Heaven, Tucker's Witch, Boomtown, The Gangster Chronicles, and CSI. In 2005, he co-starred with Lea Thompson in the mystery series Jane Doe on the Hallmark Channel.


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Our Winning Season Dean Berger
1981 Bloody Birthday Mr. Harding
1981 S.O.B. Officer Phil Buchwald
1981 Gangster Wars Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
1981 Lifepod Simmons
1999 BitterSweet Carl Peckato Direct-to-video
2000 The Prophet's Game Walter Motter
2000 Jack of Hearts Arden Cook
2016 The Last Night Inn Sam
Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Brandon Episode: "The Mystery of Pirate's Cove"
1977 Delta County, U.S.A. Joe Ed Television film
1977 Forever Fernwood Sal DiVito Recurring role (8 episodes)
1978 CHiPs Officer Brent Delaney Episode: "Flashback!"
1978 Deathmoon Rick Bladen Television film
1978 Mother, Juggs & Speed Speed Television pilot
1979 The Girls in the Office Beau Galloway Television film
1979 Samurai Lee Cantrell Television film
1979 Lou Grant Dave Tynan Episode: "Cop"
1980 Paris Mike Fitz Episode: "Fitz's Boys"
1980 The Gossip Columnist Paul Cameron Television film
1981 The Gangster Chronicles Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel Television miniseries
1981 Flamingo Road Nick Walker Episodes: "The Hostages" (Parts 1 & 2)
1981 Vega$ Nickie Andreas Episode: "The Andreas Addiction"
1983 Tucker's Witch Justin St. Peter Episode: "Dye Job"
1983 Archie Bunker's Place Rick Baxter Episode: "I'm Torn Here"
1983 Savage in the Orient Peter Savage Television film
1983 Lottery! Unknown Episode: "Denver: Following Through"
1983 Matt Houston Eric Jason Episode: "The Centerfold Murders"
1983 T.J. Hooker Miles Dickson Episode: "The Cheerleader Murder"
1984-86 Riptide Nick Ryder Main cast (56 episodes)
1986 Matlock Paul Baron Episodes: "The Don" (Parts 1 & 2)
1986 Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star Robert McCay Television film
1986 The Twilight Zone Ricky Frost Episode: "The Convict's Piano"
1987 Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife Edward Moran Television film
1987 Roses Are for the Rich Lloyd Murphy Television miniseries
1987-92 Jake and the Fatman Jake Styles Main cast (103 episodes)
1988 A Whisper Kills Dan Walker Television film
1990 The Operation Dr. Ed Betters Television film
1992 The Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story Michael Carlin Television film
1994 Terror in the Night Lonnie Television film
1994 The Disappearance of Vonnie Ron Rickman Television film
1995 Young at Heart Mike Television film
1995 Touched by an Angel Zack Bennett Episode: "Trust"
1996 Double Jeopardy John Dubroski Television film
1996 She Woke Up Pregnant Dr. Roger Nolton Television film
1997 Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops 2 Ben Fein Television film
1997 Stranger in My Home Ned Covington Television film
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Det. Reggie Ackroyd Episode: "The Last Resort"
1999 Family of Cops 3: Under Suspicion Ben Fein Television film
1999 Twice in a Lifetime Flash Jericho / David Lazarus Episode: "Blood Brothers"
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Sonny Tantero Episode: "Suspicious Minds"
2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul David Episode: "The Surprise"
2000 The Sopranos Victor Musto Recurring role (2 episodes)
2002 Two Against Time George Tomich Television film
2002 Boomtown Les Van Buren Episode: "Insured by Smith & Wesson"
2002 The Red Phone: Manhunt Jack Darrow Television film
2002 The Little Unicorn Tiny Television film
2003 Red Phone 2 Jack Darrow Television film
2003 7th Heaven Nick Episode: "Baggage"
2005 Jane Doe: Vanishing Act Frank Darnell Television film
2005 Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't Frank Darnell Television film
2005 Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part Frank Darnell Television film
2005 Jane Doe: The Wrong Face Frank Darnell Television film
2005 Threshold Robert Sprague Episode: "Shock"
2006 Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well Frank Darnell Television film
2006 Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall Frank Darnell Television film
2007 Jane Doe: Ties That Bind Frank Darnell Television film
2007 Reign of the Gargoyles Major John Gustafson Television film
2007 Jane Doe: How to Fire Your Boss Frank Darnell Television film
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jack Oakley Episode: "The Good, the Bad and the Dominatrix"
2008 Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder Frank Darnell Television film
2008 Days of Our Lives Martino Vitali Recurring role (6 episodes)
2008 CSI: Miami Travis Drake Episode: "Wrecking Crew"
2009-10 Cold Case Hank Butler Recurring role (3 episodes)
2011 Betrayed at 17 John Taylor Television film

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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