Born on March 5, 1962, Jonathan Penner is a film and television writer and producer. He and his wife of 16 years, director Stacy Title have worked on numerous projects which include The Last Supper, The Lone Ranger and the 1994 Oscar-nominated for Best Short Film, Live Action, Down on the Waterfront, which he co-wrote and starred in with Jason Alexander
, Ed Asner and Mike Starr. As an actor, Jonathan was a series regular on Grapevine, The Naked Truth and Rude Awakening. He also appeared as guest on CSI
, The Nanny
and Arrested Development
Backed by his education from Phillips Andover prep school in Andover, Massachusetts and Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, Jonathan enjoys the arts. He also likes traveling, reading, cooking and sports such as track and field.
In 2006, Jonathan was part of the reality TV show Survivor: Cook Islands (Season 13). He was originally in the Rarotonga tribe, but when the four tribes merged into two, he was a part of the Aitutaki tribe. However, on episode 9 when members were offered a chance to join the opposing tribe, Jonathan along with Candice betrayed Aitutaki and joined with Rarotonga. After the tribes merged, Yul tried to gain alliance with Jonathan even though he betrayed them by showing Jonathan that he had the hidden immunity idol. In the next tribal council, Jonathan betrayed his Rarotonga tribemates with a pivotal vote that eliminated Nate and led to the fall of the Rarotonga tribe. Because of his betrayal to every single one of his tribemates, he was eliminated on Day 33. Subsequently, some tribe members commented that camp life felt much better upon his absence. He was the 14th contestant eliminated, and holds the record of the most votes against on a single season. Jonathan returns to reality television as one of the Survivor favorites competing against ten fans on its sixteenth installment, Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites.
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