|Born||Jonathan Lindsay Penner
March 5, 1962
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Known for||Survivor: Cook Islands
Jonathan Lindsay Penner (born March 5, 1962) is an American actor, writer and film producer known for starring in The Last Supper and the television series Rude Awakening and The Naked Truth, as well as for his multiple appearances on the American competitive reality series Survivor.
Life and career
Penner has had roles in television series Grapevine, The Naked Truth and Rude Awakening and guest-starred on Seinfeld, CSI, CSI: NY, The Tick, Melrose Place, LateLine, Arrested Development and The Nanny, where he appeared in two episodes as Danny Imperiali, whose firing and dumping of fiancee Fran Fine kicked off the entire series.
Penner has appeared in many films with featured roles in The Last Supper, Anarchy TV and Down Periscope, with a spot in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993). Penner was nominated for the Best Live Action Short Film Academy Award in 1994 for Down on the Waterfront, which he co-produced, co-wrote, and starred in, along with Jason Alexander and Edward Asner.
In addition to his acting credits, Penner is perhaps best known as a contestant on Survivor, first appearing on Survivor: Cook Islands in 2006. He was invited back to participate in Survivor: Micronesia (sometimes referred to as Fans vs. Favorites), which aired in 2008. In 2012, Penner made his third appearance on the 25th season of Survivor in Survivor: Philippines. In total, Penner has spent 78 days playing the Survivor game. In an interview following his departure from Survivor: Philippines, Penner said he would be open to returning for another season.
|1989||A Man Called Hawk||Episode titled 'Poison'|
|1990||White Palace||Marv Miller||Film|
|1992||Grapevine||David Klein||TV series|
|1993||Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story||Studio Executive||Film|
|1993||Melrose Place||Joel Walker||Episode titled 'Married to It'|
|1993||The Nanny||Danny||TV Series|
|1993||Coneheads||Captain Air Traffic||Film|
|1995||The Last Supper||Luke||Film|
|1995-1997||The Naked Truth||Nick Columbus||TV Series|
|1996||Down Periscope||Stanley Spots||Film|
|1998||Seinfeld||Zack||Episode titled 'The Bookstore'|
|1998-2000||Rude Awakening||Dave Parelli||TV Series|
|2001||The Tick||Steve Filbert||Episode titled 'The Big Leagues'|
|2004||Arrested Development||Detective Fellows||Episode titled 'Not Without my Daughter'|
|2004||CSI||Detective Travis||Episode titled 'Viva Las Vegas'|
|2006||E-Ring||FBI Agent Jaffe||Episode titled 'Five Pillars'|
|2006||CSI New York||Newt Glick||Episode titled 'Run Silent, Run Deep'|
|2006||Hood of Horror||Fowler||Film|
|2006||Survivor: Cook Islands||Himself||Placed 7th|
|2008||Survivor: Micronesia||Himself||Placed 15th (was removed due to injury)|
|2012||Survivor: Philippines||Himself||Placed 7th|
Survivor: Cook Islands
Penner was a contestant on Survivor: Cook Islands in 2006. He was one of the original five members of the Rarotonga tribe (Raro). He quickly became notorious among the cast for stealing another tribe's chicken on the first day. In episode three, the four tribes evenly divided into two new mixed tribes, Aitutaki and Rarotonga. Penner found himself on Aitutaki (Aitu). While a member of Aitu, he became part of an alliance that consisted of Yul Kwon, Candice Woodcock, Becky Lee and Sundra Oakley. This alliance lasted until episode eight when the members of Aitu and Raro were offered a chance to mutiny by joining the opposing tribe. Penner, along with Woodcock, chose to leave Aitu for Raro, the only two survivors to accept the offer. After the merge, he flipped again and voted with the former Aitus. Ultimately, Yul voted him out to appease the former Raro members, who viewed Jonathan as a two-faced rat for having betrayed them. He was the fourteenth person voted out, finishing in seventh place. As his torch was snuffed, he turned to the Final Six and said, "And I'd like my hat back at some point", then left (Yul actually did bring his hat back to him at the next Tribal Council). Jonathan humbly voted for Yul in the final tribal council.
Penner was a contestant on Survivor: Micronesia, the sixteenth season of Survivor, which began airing on February 7, 2008. He was one of ten returning favorites on the Malakal tribe and later switched to Airai. He was removed from the game during the sixth episode, due to a life-threatening infection in his injured knee. The Survivor medics stated that he had no choice but to be evacuated from the game.
Penner returned to play the game for a third time on Survivor: Philippines, the twenty-fifth season of Survivor. He was one of the three returning players, others being Michael Skupin (Survivor: The Australian Outback) and Russell Swan (Survivor: Samoa). During the season, Penner worked quite closely with actress Lisa Whelchel. Penner was the 11th voted out, and placed 7th, where he had finished the first time he participated in Survivor. At the final tribal council, Penner voted for Denise to win after claiming that Michael and Lisa were “ridden in like oxen” by the eventual winner.
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- "Survivor Cast: Jonathan". Cbs.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
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- Rome, Emily. "'Survivor: Philippines': Jeff Probst on how Jonathan Penner 'blew it'". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
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- Fienberg, Daniel (2013-04-22). "Interview: Jonathan Penner talks Survivor: Philippines". Hitfix.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- Survivor Wednesdays 8/7c. "Survivor Cast: Jonathan". Cbs.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- "Twitter / SurvivorPenner: My grandfathers, Edward David". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- Ross, Dalton (2008-01-03). "Exclusive Cast Reveal!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- "CBS confirms Jonathan Penner, Michael Skupin and Russell Swan competing on 'Survivor: Philippines'". Reality TV World. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- Helling, Steve (2013-01-14). "Survivor - Jonathan Penner: I Worked Every Trick I Had". People.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- Rome, Emily. "Jonathan Penner talks 'Survivor: Philippines' on the InsideTV Podcast". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- Exclusive: Michael Skupin talks about 'Survivor: Philippines' (Part 2) Retrieved December 2012
- Jonathan Penner at the Internet Movie Database
- Jonathan Penner biography for Survivor: Cook Islands at CBS.com
- Jonathan Penner biography for Survivor: Micronesia at CBS.com
- Jonathan Penner biography for Survivor: Philippines at CBS.com