Penn Jillette

 

Date Of Birth

March 5, 1955
 

Biography

Comedian, illusionist, juggler and writer Penn Fraser Jillette was born March 5, 1955 in Greenfield, Massachusetts.  When he was 18, he had the chance to watch a show by illusionist James Randi and was immediately fascinated with Randi's style.  Jillette strongly believes in Randi's philosophy that magic is an entertainment and not a mysterious supernatural power.

In 1973, he and high school classmate Michael Moschen worked in juggling acts.  After graduating from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he met magician Raymond Joseph Teller through common friend Weir Chisimer.  The three got along well and eventually formed Asparagus Valley Cultural Society, a three-person act.  Later on, he and Teller formed the famous comedy magic duo Penn & Teller, where Jillette became the talkative half.  In 2003, they produced and hosted the Emmy-nominated documentary TV series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!  The show's episodes focused on debunking supernatural beliefs, myths, popular fads and misconceptions.

Jillette is a Fellow at the Cato Institute H.L. Mencken Research.  Aside from being a comedian and an illusionist, he's also a bass guitarist and a double bassist.  He is also fond of composing songs.

In 2005, he was co-producer and co-director for the documentary film The Aristocrats.  It focused on tracking down the source of a dirty joke with the same title.  The documentary was a tribute for Johnny Carson because “The Aristocrats” was his favorite joke.

Penn Jillette soon became a celebrity contestant on season 6 of ABC's reality series Dancing with the Stars. He is paired with professional dancer Kym Johnson . Unfortunately, he was the first to be sent home. He then released a book in 2011, titled " God, No! Signs You May Already Be An Atheist and Other Magical Tales." The next year, he was chosen to be a contestant in the reality competition Celebrity Apprentice.



(Photo courtesy of ABC)
 

Place of Birth

Greenfield, Massachusetts
 

Birth Name

Penn Fraser Jillette
 

Filmography

2012: The Apprentice (TV series)
2012: Iron Chef America: The Series (TV series) - Himself - Judge
2011: Penn & Teller Tell a Lie (TV series) - Himself/Himself - Host
2006-2011: Real Time with Bill Maher (TV series) - Himself
2011: Red Eye (TV series) - Himself - Guest Panelist
2011: Penn & Teller: Fool Us (TV series) - Himself
1999-2011: The Simpsons (TV series) - Himself (voice)
2011: Night of the Little Dead (short) - Dave-O
2010: The Defenders (TV series) - Reuben Charters
2003-2010: Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (TV series documentary) - Himself
2008-2010: Larry King Live (TV series) - Himself
2009: The Growth (short) - Dave (voice)
2008-2009: Dancing with the Stars (TV series) - Himself
2007: Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular (TV movie) - Ghost of Christmas Present
2007: Handy Manny (TV series) - Magic Marty
2006-2007: Identity (TV series) - Himself - Host
2004: Girlfriends (TV series) - Clem Valesco
2001-2002: House of Mouse (TV series) - Pluto Devil
2001: Just Shoot Me! (TV series) - Terry
2000: Nothing Sacred
2000: Hayley Wagner, Star (TV movie) - Director
2000: Fear of Fiction - Albert
1999-2000: Mickey Mouse Works (TV series) - Pluto Devil
1998: Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Spellbound (Video Game) - Drell (voice)
1998: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Carnie Talker
1998: Dharma & Greg (TV series) - Vincent
1998: Babylon 5 (TV series) - Rebo
1997: Friends (TV series) - The Salesman
1995-1997: The Drew Carey Show (TV series) - Archibald Fenn
1996-1997: Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV series) - Drell
1997: Pulp Comics: Jim Breuer (TV movie) - Announcer 1997: Life Sold Separately - Fred
1996: Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair (Video Game) - Leroy Paine
1995: Toy Story - TV Announcer (voice)
1995: Hackers - Hal
1995: VR.5 (TV series) - Mr.Orwell Kravitz
1995: The Moxy & Flea Show (TV series) - Flea (voice)
1995: Burnzy's Last Call - Radio DJ
1994: Car 54, Where Are You? - Luther #1
1994: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV series) - Darrin Romick
1988: Gandahar - Chief of the Deformed
1987: Tough Guys Don't Dance - Big Stoop
1986: Off Beat - Norman
1986: My Chauffeur - Bone
1985: Savage Island - Security Guard
1985: Miami Vice (TV series) - Jimmy Borges

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