Penn Jillette

Comedian, Illusionist, Magician
As the talkative half of the groundbreaking comedy-illusionist duo, Penn and Teller, Penn Jillette spent decades on the stage before parlaying his commanding personality and intellectual leanings into all manner of ... Read more »
Born: 03/04/1955 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (90)

Director's Cut 2015 (Movie)

Herbert Blount (Actor)

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Penn & Teller: Fool Us 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Judge

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1993 - 1995, 2003 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Deal With It 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Home Improvement 1993 - 1999, 2003 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1993 - 1999, 2003 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1993 - 1999, 2003 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller: Bullshit! 1993 - 1999, 2003 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rachael Vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off 1993 - 1995, 2003 - 2010, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Contestant

Real Time with Bill Maher 1993 - 1999, 2003 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 1993 - 1995, 2003 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Contestant

The Culture High 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Drew Carey Show 1993 - 1997, 2003 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

While You Were Out 1993 - 1995, 2003 - 2010, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wife Swap 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Identity 1993 - 1995, 2003 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Host

Tim's Vermeer 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iron Chef America 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller Tell a Lie 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

The Cleveland Show 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 2011 Miss USA Pageant 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Landscapes 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glenn Martin, DDS 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Defenders 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Green Room With Paul Provenza 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Don't Forget the Lyrics 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Free Radio 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Impossible Heists 1993 - 1995, 2003 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Moxy Show 1993 - 1995, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Girlfriends 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Las Vegas Live! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Las Vegas 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Michael Moore Hates America 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Bernie Mac Show 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Famous Homes & Hideaways 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Shoot Me 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz: 50 States 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Master of Deception 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Unpleasant World of Penn and Teller 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Fear of Fiction 2000 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

Barker at Bazooko Circus (Actor)

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Penn & Teller's Home Invasion Magic 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Friends 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ked Nerd 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nightmare Ned 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The World's Wildest Magic 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

VR.5 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing Sacred 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The World's Greatest Magic II 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Future Quest 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Hackers 1995 (Movie)

Hal (Actor)

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

Voice of TV Announcer (Actor)

Aspen Comedy Festival 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

Harley-Davidson's 90th Birthday Blast 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

This Is MST3K 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller: Don't Try This at Home! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Woodstock: Return to the Planet of the '60s 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller Get Killed 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Light Years 1988 (Movie)

of Chief of the Deformed (Voice)

Penn & Teller's Invisible Thread 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Original Max Talking Headroom Show 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Tough Guys Don't Dance 1987 (Movie)

Big Stoop (Actor)

My Chauffeur 1986 (Movie)

Bone (Actor)

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

Norman (Actor)

Penn & Teller Go Public 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Hayley Wagner, Star (TV Show)

Actor

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

Director's Cut 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wizard Wars 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tim's Vermeer 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Penn & Teller Tell a Lie 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Aristocrats 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (2)

Director's Cut 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Penn & Teller Get Killed 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Oral Hygiene 1991 (Movie)

Bongos, Bass, and Bob member (Music)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

The Aristocrats 2005 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Biography

As the talkative half of the groundbreaking comedy-illusionist duo, Penn and Teller, Penn Jillette spent decades on the stage before parlaying his commanding personality and intellectual leanings into all manner of offshoots as a personality and pundit. Following the pair's Broadway hit, "Penn and Teller Go Public" (1987), Jillette began appearing in films like "Tough Guys Don't Dance" (1987), while he joined Teller for the practical joke-laden dark comedy "Penn & Teller Get Killed" (1989). He soon ventured into other mediums, becoming a columnist, author, voiceover actor, radio host, TV host and documentarian - even having a recurring role as the head of the Witches' Council on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (ABC/The WB, 1996-2003). Penn and Teller went on to host the popular documentary series "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!" (Showtime, 2003-2010), on which they debated and sometimes debunked science, paranormal activity and current fads, often ruffling a few feathers in the process, largely due to Jillette's unabashed libertarian politics and atheist beliefs. In between, Jillette served as host of the game show "Identity" (NBC, 2006-07), was the first celebrity to be eliminated from the 2008 season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ) and even became a New York Times bestseller with God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales (2011). Regardless of the medium, Jillette brought his irreverent and macabre sense of humor, as well as a counter-culture hip caché to the proceedings.

Relationships

Deborah Harry Actor

Companion
Previously dated

Emily Jillette

Wife
Marrried Nobermber 23, 2004 in a Las Vegas wedding chapel

Sam Jillette

Father
Canadian

Valda Jillette

Mother
Canadian

Moxie Jillette

Daughter
Born June 3, 2005 mother is Emily Jillette

Zolten Jillette

Son
Born May 22, 2006 mother is Emily Jillette

Robin Quivers Actor

Companion
Previously dated

EDUCATION

Greenfield High School

Greenfield , Massachusetts 1973

Ringling Brothers’ Clown College

Sarasota , Florida 1974

Milestones

2008

Joined the cast of the ABC reality show, "Dancing with the Stars"

2006

Hosted the primetime game show "Identity" (NBC)

2006

Hosted a live radio show on Vegas-area station Free-FM

2005

Co-produced (with Paul Provenza) the documentary feature "The Aristocrats"

2004

Published first novel, Sock

2003

Co-created and featured in Showtime’s controversial series "Penn and Teller: Bullshit!"; earned several Emmy nominations from 2004-2009 for Outstanding Reality Program and Outstanding Writing

2001

Performed (with Teller) a long-standing, six-night a week engagement at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

1998

Performed in (also co-produced) the variety show "Penn and Teller’s Sin City Spectacular" (FX)

1996

Began a recurring role as Drell, the head of the witches’ council on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (ABC)

1995

Voiced the role of the TV announcer in Disney’s "Toy Story"

1992

Released second "magic" book, Penn and Teller’s How to Play With Your Food

1992

Appeared (with Teller) in the PBS Special, "Behind the Scenes"

1991

Hosted "The Eyes Scream: A History of the Residents" a documentary about the avant-garde performers

1990

Wrote a regular column in the now-defunct PC/Computing magazine

1989

Released debut book, Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends with Teller; also a home video

1989

Co-starred with Teller in the dark comedy "Penn and Teller Get Killed" directed by Arthur Penn

1987

Featured in the Norman Mailer cult favorite "Tough Guys Don’t Dance"

1985

Performed their act "Penn and Teller Go Public" off-Broadway (broadcast on PBS); show moved to Broadway in 1987

1981

Renamed themselves Penn and Teller (after Chrisemer left the act) and took their magic show on the road

1974

Attended the Ringling Brothers’ Clown College

Moved to San Francisco, CA

Formed a three-person act called Asparagus Valley Cultural Society with friends Robert Teller and Wier Chrisemer

Bonus Trivia

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Jillette was the signature network voice of Comedy Central in the 1990s.

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Jillette was granted U.S. Patent 5,920,923 (July 1999) for the "Jill-Jet" a hot-tub jet specially angled for a woman's pleasure.

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