Collins Pennie

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Collins Pennie
Born (1985-06-20) June 20, 1985 (age 31)
Brooklyn, New York
Other names C-Penny
Occupation Actor, rapper
Years active 2002–present

Collins Pennie (born June 20, 1985) but also known as stage name C-Penny is an American actor and rapper from Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, United States. He is best known for his roles in Prom Night as Ronnie Heflin, and in In Time as Time Keeper Jaeger. He also starred in the films Fame and Stomp the Yard: Homecoming.

Early life[edit]

Pennie was born in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. He is of Trinidadian descent.

Career[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Pennie began his career with roles on NBC's hit drama Law & Order and as a drug-addicted thief on Without a Trace. His television work quickly caught the eye of Ford Model Management, who signed Pennie, leading him to a successful "ck one" fragrance campaign for Calvin Klein.

Pennie currently resides in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta. While not on camera, he spends most of his time dancing, writing and mastering his many crafts.

Pennie hit the stage in the summer of 2010, appearing in Rent with actors Neil Patrick Harris and Wayne Brady, performing in a three-day limited engagement at the Hollywood Bowl. Pennie's prolific dance moves also landed him the lead male role in Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)" video, which was released May 18, 2011.

Pennie has also continued to work in film, appearing in Ryan Fleck's award-winning Half Nelson (2007) opposite Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps. He had lead roles in Prom Night (2008) and the musical Fame (2009), an adaptation of the 1980 cult classic. In 2010, Collins had the lead role in Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, in which he played Chance Harris, a college student struggling to balance between his school, work, relationships and opportunity to perform in the national step competition. On television, Collins starred on the hit series hospital drama Hawthorne, where he worked alongside Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Vartan. He also appeared in the Fox Feature film In Time, starring opposite Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy. In early 2013 Collins made his return to television in Regina King's directorial debut, Let The Church Say Amen. The film was based on ReShonda Tate Billingley’s 2005 novel of the same name. Royal Ties, the company King runs with her sister, Reina King, produced this film for BET Networks alongside Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit Company.

Television[edit]

In 2004, Pennie made his television debut on the long-running NBC crime-drama Law & Order. He has since starred on other television shows such as Without a Trace, and played Marcus Leeds in the hospital drama Hawthorne.[1]

Film[edit]

Pennie has appeared in Half Nelson (2007),[2] the 2008 version of Prom Night,[3] and the musical Fame, an adaptation of the 1980 cult classic.[4] In 2010, he had the lead role in Stomp the Yard 2.[5] In 2011, he appeared in the film In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.

In September 2012, Pennie will star in actress Regina King's directorial debut Let The Church Say Amen which is adapted from ReShonda Tate Billingsley's 2005 best-selling novel. The film will premiered on BET in 2013.

Theater[edit]

In the summer of 2010, Pennie appeared in Rent with actors Neil Patrick Harris and Wayne Brady in a three-day limited engagement at the Hollywood Bowl.[6]

Music video[edit]

Pennie played the lead male role in Beyoncé's "Run The World (Girls)" video, which was released 18 May 2011 on Beyoncé's website and American Idol.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role
2005 God's Forgotten House Dwain
2006 Half Nelson Mike
2008 Prom Night Ronnie Hefflin
2009 Fired Up! Adam
2009 Fame Malik Washburn
2010 Stomp the Yard: Homecoming Chance Harris
2011 In Time Timekeeper Jaeger
2013 Reckless
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 As the World Turns Sean 2 episodes
2004 Law & Order Jimmy Gordon 1 episode
All Falls Down Tyronw TV movie
2005 Without a Trace Chris 1 episode
2007 Shark Lewis Beamon 1 episode
Hell on Earth Jared TV movie
2008 CSI: Miami Tommy 2 episodes
2010 Hawthorne Marcus Leeds 9 episodes
2013 Let The Church Say Amen Jonathan Jackson A BET original movie
2013 Revenge Eli 2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TNT Press Release Teases Season Two of Hawthorne". 2010-06-21. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Jake (2007-04-25). "Half Nelson". The Age. 
  3. ^ "Prom Night". RTÉ. 2008-06-05. 
  4. ^ Paatsch, Leigh (2009-09-30). "Leigh Paatsch Movie Review - Fame". Herald Sun. 
  5. ^ Hartog, Kelly (2010-07-30). "Don't cha wish your career was hot like mine? Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger rehearses for role in Rent". Daily Mail. 
  6. ^ BWW News Desk (2010-08-06). "RENT Plays the Hollywood Bowl, 8/6-8/8". Broadway World. 

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