Jack Pennick

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Jack Pennick
Born Ronald Jack Pennick
(1895-12-07)December 7, 1895
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Died August 16, 1964(1964-08-16) (aged 68)
Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1926-1962
Spouse(s) Grechin Pennick (? - ?) 2 children
Nona Lorraine (? - ?) 1 child

Ronald Jack Pennick (December 7, 1895 – August 16, 1964) was an American film actor. After working as a gold miner as a young man, he appeared in over 140 films between 1926 and 1962. Pennick was a leading member of the informal John Ford Stock Company, appearing in dozens of the director's films. Pennick also drilled the military extras in John Wayne's The Alamo (1960).


Pennick was born in Portland, Oregon, the son of gold miner Albert R. and Bessie (Murray) Pennick. He and his first wife, Grechin, had two children by the time he was twenty. He had a third child with his second wife, Nona Lorraine. Pennick joined the United States Marine Corps and served with the Peking Legation Guard in China in 1912. He was with the Marines in World War I and reenlisted in the United States Navy in September, 1941, at the age of 45.[1] He served as Chief Petty Officer under Commander John Ford in the Field Photographic Unit and, according to Ford, was decorated with the Silver Star medal for action in which he was wounded at Majaz al Bab, Tunisia during World War II.[2] However, the U.S. Navy Military Awards database does not list Pennick as the recipient of any awards. Contradictory to that, the Military Times Hall of Valor does list Mr. Pennick has having been awarded the Silver Star Medal. http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=309031[3] He died in Manhattan Beach, California at the age of 68.

Selected filmography[edit]


  • Wagon Train - episode - The Colter Craven Story - Drill Sgt. Tim Molley (uncredited) (1960)
  • Gunslinger - episodes - The Buried People, Appointment in Cascabel, The Zone, and The Diehards - Sgt. Duffy (1961)


  1. ^ Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 01/01/1939 - 01/01/1949; Record Group: 24, Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798 - 2007; Series ARC ID: 594996; Series MLR Number: A1 135.
  2. ^ Course to Midway - Clarence W. McClusky Capt. USN
  3. ^ https://awards.navy.mil/awards/webbas01.nsf/%28vwWebPage%29/home.htm?OpenDocument

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