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Jonathan Penner

Jonathan Penner
Born Jonathan Lindsay Penner
(1962-03-05) March 5, 1962
New York City, New York, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Known for Survivor: Cook Islands
Survivor: Micronesia
Survivor: Philippines
Spouse(s) Stacy Title
Children 2

Jonathan Lindsay Penner (born March 5, 1962) is an American actor, writer and film producer known for starring in The Last Supper and the television series Rude Awakening and The Naked Truth, as well as for his multiple appearances on the American competitive reality series Survivor.


  • Life and career 1
  • Filmography 2
  • Survivor 3
    • Survivor: Cook Islands 3.1
    • Survivor: Micronesia 3.2
    • Survivor: Philippines 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

Penner has had roles in television series Grapevine, The Naked Truth and Rude Awakening and guest-starred on Seinfeld, CSI, CSI: NY, The Tick, Melrose Place, LateLine, Arrested Development and The Nanny, where he appeared in two episodes as Danny Imperiali, whose firing and dumping of fiancee Fran Fine kicked off the entire series.

Penner has appeared in many films with featured roles in The Last Supper, Anarchy TV and Down Periscope, with a spot in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993). Penner was nominated for the Best Live Action Short Film Academy Award in 1994 for Down on the Waterfront,[1] which he co-produced, co-wrote, and starred in, along with Jason Alexander and Edward Asner.[2]

In addition to his acting credits, Penner is perhaps best known as a contestant on Survivor, first appearing on Survivor: Cook Islands in 2006.[3] He was invited back to participate in Survivor: Micronesia (sometimes referred to as Fans vs. Favorites),[4] which aired in 2008. In 2012, Penner made his third appearance on the 25th season of Survivor in Survivor: Philippines.[5] In total, Penner has spent 78 days playing the Survivor game.[6] In an interview following his departure from Survivor: Philippines, Penner said he would be open to returning for another season.[7]

Penner currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Stacy, and his two children.[8]

Penner's grandfathers, Edward David Penner and Leon Weiss, fought on opposite sides during World War I. Later on, Adolf Hitler made them allies.[9]


Film & Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 A Man Called Hawk Episode titled 'Poison'
1990 White Palace Marv Miller Film
1992 Grapevine David Klein TV series
1993 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story Studio Executive Film
1993 Melrose Place Joel Walker Episode titled 'Married to It'
1993 The Nanny Danny TV Series
1993 Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday David (Scenes Deleted) Film
1993 Coneheads Captain Air Traffic Film
1995 The Last Supper Marc Film
1995-1997 The Naked Truth Nick Columbus TV Series
1996 Down Periscope Stanley Spots Film
1998 Seinfeld Zack Episode titled 'The Bookstore'
1998 LateLine Paul Episode titled 'Gale Gets a Life'
1998-2000 Rude Awakening Dave Parelli TV Series
2001 The Tick Steve Filbert Episode titled 'The Big Leagues'
2004 Arrested Development Detective Fellows Episode titled 'Not Without my Daughter'
2004 CSI Detective Travis Episode titled 'Viva Las Vegas'
2006 E-Ring FBI Agent Jaffe Episode titled 'Five Pillars'
2006 CSI New York Newt Glick Episode titled 'Run Silent, Run Deep'
2006 Hood of Horror Fowler Film
2006 Survivor: Cook Islands Himself Placed 7th
2008 Survivor: Micronesia Himself Placed 15th (was removed due to injury)
2012 Survivor: Philippines Himself Placed 7th


Survivor: Cook Islands

Penner was a contestant on Survivor: Cook Islands in 2006. He was one of the original five members of the Rarotonga tribe (Raro). He quickly became notorious among the cast for stealing another tribe's chicken on the first day. In episode three, the four tribes evenly divided into two new mixed tribes, Aitutaki and Rarotonga. Penner found himself on Aitutaki (Aitu). While a member of Aitu, he became part of an alliance that consisted of Yul Kwon, Candice Woodcock, Becky Lee and Sundra Oakley. This alliance lasted until episode eight when the members of Aitu and Raro were offered a chance to mutiny by joining the opposing tribe. Penner, along with Woodcock, chose to leave Aitu for Raro, the only two survivors to accept the offer. After the merge, he flipped again and voted with the former Aitus. Ultimately, Yul voted him out to appease the former Raro members, who viewed Jonathan as a two-faced rat for having betrayed them. He was the fourteenth person voted out, finishing in seventh place. As his torch was snuffed, he turned to the Final Six and said, "And I'd like my hat back at some point", then left (Yul actually did bring his hat back to him at the next Tribal Council). Jonathan humbly voted for Yul in the final tribal council.

Survivor: Micronesia

Penner was a contestant on Survivor: Micronesia, the sixteenth season of Survivor, which began airing on February 7, 2008. He was one of ten returning favorites on the Malakal tribe[10] and later switched to Airai. He was removed from the game during the sixth episode, due to a life-threatening infection in his injured knee. The Survivor medics stated that he had no choice but to be evacuated from the game.[11]

Survivor: Philippines

Penner returned to play the game for a third time on Survivor: Philippines, the twenty-fifth season of Survivor. He was one of the three returning players, others being Michael Skupin (Survivor: The Australian Outback) and Russell Swan (Survivor: Samoa). During the season, Penner worked quite closely with actress Lisa Whelchel.[12] Penner was the 11th voted out, and placed 7th, where he had finished the first time he participated in Survivor.[13] At the final tribal council, Penner voted for Denise to win after claiming that Michael and Lisa were “ridden in like oxen” by the eventual winner.[14]


  1. ^ "Down on the Waterfront (1993)". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  2. ^ "Survivor Cast: Jonathan". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  3. ^ "'"Jonathan Penner fourteenth castaway to exit 'Survivor: Cook Islands. Reality TV World. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Survivor: S16 Palua All-Stars". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  5. ^ Rome, Emily. "'Survivor: Philippines': Jeff Probst on how Jonathan Penner 'blew it'". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  6. ^ Survivor: Philippines': Jonathan Penner on Being Voted Out"'". 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  7. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (2013-04-22). "Interview: Jonathan Penner talks Survivor: Philippines". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  8. ^ Survivor Wednesdays 8/7c. "Survivor Cast: Jonathan". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  9. ^ "Twitter / SurvivorPenner: My grandfathers, Edward David". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  10. ^ Ross, Dalton (2008-01-03). "Exclusive Cast Reveal!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  11. ^ "'"CBS confirms Jonathan Penner, Michael Skupin and Russell Swan competing on 'Survivor: Philippines. Reality TV World. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  12. ^ Helling, Steve (2013-01-14). "Survivor - Jonathan Penner: I Worked Every Trick I Had". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  13. ^ Rome, Emily. "Jonathan Penner talks 'Survivor: Philippines' on the InsideTV Podcast". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  14. ^ Exclusive: Michael Skupin talks about 'Survivor: Philippines' (Part 2) Retrieved December 2012

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