Jack Pennick

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Jack Pennick
BornRonald Jack Pennick
(1895-12-07)December 7, 1895
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
DiedAugust 16, 1964(1964-08-16) (aged 68)
Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
Years active1926-1962
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 and World War I.[citation needed] He reenlisted in the United States Navy in September 1941, at the age of 45.[1] He was promoted to chief warrant officer (chief photographer) in December 1942[2] and served in the Field Photographic Unit under Commander John Ford. Pennick was awarded the Silver Star medal for action in North Africa.[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, January 1, 1939 – January 1, 1949; Record Group: 24, Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798 - 2007; Series ARC ID: 594996; Series MLR Number: A1 135.
  2. ^ United States Department of the Navy, Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Naval Reserve, Government Printing Office, Washington D.C., 1944, p. 1006
  3. ^ United States Department of the Navy, "Decorations and Citations," Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin, August 1943, p. 57

External links[edit]

  • Jack Pennick on IMDb
  • "Jack Pennick". Find a Grave. Retrieved February 18, 2008.