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Penn Jillette Biography

Birth Name:
Penn Fraser Jillette
Birth Place:
Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States
Actor, magician, comedian, author

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


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