Joseph Edward Penny, Jr. was born on 24 June 1956, in Uxbridge, London, England, of American and Italian descent, so is currently aged 62. He is an actor whose career has spanned over 40 years, probably best recognized for starring in the roles of Nick Ryder in the NBC detective series “Riptide” (1984-1986), Jake Styles in the popular CBS crime drama series “Jake And The Fatman” (1987-1992), and as Frank Darnell in the Hallmark Channel’s “Jane Doe” film series.
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Joe Penny Net Worth
His career started in 1977 and he has been an active member of the entertainment industry ever since, primarily known as a professional actor. So, if you ever wondered how rich Joe Penny is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of his net worth is over $500,000, accumulated through his successful career.
Early Life, Parents, Education
Concerning his early life, Joe spent one part of his childhood in London until the family moved to Marietta, Georgia, in the US. However, his parents soon divorced, so he had to move to Huntington Beach, California together with his mother and his seven siblings.
Regarding his education, he attended Marina High School, where he became quite active in such sports activities as football and basketball. Upon matriculation in 1974, Joe worked various odd jobs to just support himself, before he decided to pursue a career as an actor. So he began studying under Lee Strasberg, and soon got a chance to appear in various roles in Hollywood.
The Late 1970s: Career Beginnings
Joe’s career officially began in 1977 when he made his debut appearance in the role of Brandon in the pilot episode of the ABC mystery series “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries”, which was followed in the same year by his first recurring role, as he was chosen to play Sal DiVito in the TV series “Forever Fernwood”. In the following year, he landed the role of Dean Berger in the drama “Our Winning Season”, directed by Joseph Ruben, then starred as Rick Bladen in the EMI Television horror “Deathmoon” (1978), portrayed Beau Galloway in the ABC romantic drama film “The Girls In The Office (1979), and featured as Paul Cameron in another TV film, entitled “The Gossip Columnist” (1980).
The Early 1980s: Rise to Prominence
At the beginning of the next decade, Joe pursued more serious parts, and came to prominence with the role of Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel, which he portrayed not only in the NBC crime drama mini-series “The Gangster Chronicles”, but also in the film based on it entitled “Gangster Wars”, both in 1981, starring next to Michael Nouri and Brian Benben. During the same year, he was also cast as Mr. Harding in the slasher film “Bloody Birthday”, Officer Phil Buchwald in the comedy “S.O.B.” and Simmons in the sci-fi “Lifepod”, all of which added a considerable amount to his net worth, and increased enormously his popularity. Besides that, he also guest-starred in such TV series as “Flamingo Road”, “Tucker’s Witch”, “Savage In The Orient”, etc.
The Mid-1980s: “Riptide”
Joe’s next major role came in 1984 when he was chosen to portray Nick Ryder in the NBC detective series “Riptide”, which lasted for two seasons. When the filming ended, he landed the role of Robert McCay in the NBC film “Perry Mason: The Case Of The Shooting Star” (1986), and featured as Edward Moran in the NBC crime drama film “Blood Vows: The Story Of A Mafia Wife” (1987), which was followed by his appearance as Lloyd Murphy in the CBS two-part drama series “Roses Are For The Rich”, the same year.
The Late 1980s and “Jake And The Fatman”
In 1987, Joe was cast as the title character of the highly popular CBS crime drama series “Jake And The Fatman”, which lasted for five seasons, starring next to William Conrad; the show’s success increased his popularity all over the world, as well as his net worth. By the end of the decade, he was also cast as Dan Walker in the TV film “A Whisper Kills” (1988) and portrayed Dr. Ed Betters in the 1990 TV film “The Operation”.
Joe’s first role in the next decade came in 1992, when he played Michael Carlin in the TV film “The Danger Of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story”, and two years later landed the roles of Lonnie in the TV film “Terror In The Night”, and Ron Rickman in another TV film, entitled “The Disappearance Of Vonnie”. Thereafter, he appeared in such parts as Mike in the CBS drama “Young At Heart” (1995), Ben Fein in the TV action film “Breach Of Faith: A Family Of Cops 2” (1997), which he reprised in the 1999 sequel “Family Of Cops 3: Under Suspicion”. He then featured as Arden Cook in Serge Rodnunsky’s crime “Jack Of Hearts” (1999) and as Walter Motter in the crime drama “The Prophet’s Game” (2000). During the 1990s, Joe also guest-starred in such TV series as “Touched By An Angel”, “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “The Sopranos”, among others.
In 2002 Joe was quite busy, as he appeared in such TV film titles as the drama “Two Against Time”, portraying George Tomich, the action “The Red Phone: Manhunt” starring as Jack Darrow, and the fantasy “The Little Unicorn”, playing Tiny. His next major appearances came with the role of Frank Darnell in the “Jane Doe” film series, consisting of nine made-for-television mystery titles, including “Jane Doe: Vanishing Act” (2005), “Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall” (2006), “Jane Doe: Ties That Bind” (2007), etc., aired on the Hallmark Channel. In 2008, Joe was chosen to play Martino Vitali in the NBC daytime soap opera “Days Of Our Lives”, which was followed by his portrayal of Hank Butler in the CBS police procedural series “Cold Case” (2009-2010).
With the beginning of the next decade, Joe became relatively inactive, as he only appeared in the role of John Taylor in the TV film “Betrayed At 17” (2011), and starred as Sam in John Heath’s crime drama film “The Last Night Inn” in 2016, still increasing his net worth – he’s now appeared in almost 80 film and TV titles.
To talk about his personal life, Joe Penny has been married to Cindy M. Penny since 2004. Other information about them has not been revealed to the public yet, so we do not know if the couple has children together or not. Although many celebrities are active on the social media scene, Joe is not one of them. Moreover, he remained out of the media, so we cannot say anything about what he is doing currently.