Penn Jillette

  • Birth Name: Penn Fraser Jillette
  • Birth Place: Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Magician, Comedian, Author
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Fast Facts

  • Was a juggler on the New Jersey boardwalk before teaming with Teller in 1981. 
  • Is a former columnist for PC/Computing magazine.
  • Has served as the announcer for Comedy Central, host for the TV game show Identity and host of a national radio program. 
  • Plays the upright bass.
  • One of the fingernails on his left hand is always painted red.
  • Unlike other traditional magic acts, Penn explains how the tricks are done afterward, as he feels it's more honest.
  • His unconventional Las Vegas home is called "The Slammer."
  • Along with Teller, Penn is a visiting scholar at MIT and received the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in 2001.
  • Competed in Season 6 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, with partner Kym Johnson.
  • In 2009, he did a spoken-word appearance on "Spookshow," a song by Pakistani rapper Adil Omar that condemned religious extremism.
  • His ice-cream creation, Vanilla and Chocolate Magic Swirtle, went on sale in 2013.

Awards

  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Reality Program: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Music and Lyrics: Nominee
  • 2014, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Documentary: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Reality Program: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Reality Program: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Reality Program: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming: Nominee

Relationships

  • Zolten Penn Jillette — Son
  • Emily Zolten — Wife
  • Moxie Crimefighter Jillette — Daughter

College

  • Attended Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, Venice, Florida, United States

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