• Joe Penny is a professional actor known for his roles in "Riptide", "Jake and the Fatman", and the "Jane Doe" film series.
• He has a net worth of around $500,000 and is of American and Italian ancestry.
• He featured in over 75 film and television titles and reached peak success in the late 1980s and early 2000s.
• He is married to Cindy M. Penny and has no children.
• He is currently in semi-retirement and is not active on social media.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJune 24, 1956
FactSuffered from seasickness while filming the Riptide (1984) TV series.

Who is Joe Penny?

Joseph Edward ‘Joe’ Penny, Jr., was born on 24 June 1956 under the birth sign of Cancer, in Uxbridge, London, England of Italian and American ancestry. He is probably best recognized for being a professional actor, who has appeared in such major roles as Nick Ryder in the NBC detective series “Riptide”, Jake Styles in the popular CBS crime drama series “Jake and the Fatman”, and Frank Darnell in the Hallmark Channel’s “Jane Doe” film series.

Would you like to know more about Joe Penny’s professional career and personal life? How rich is he, as of now? What is he doing at the moment? If you want to know, stay tuned and find out all the details about him.

How rich is he? Joe Penny Net Worth

Regarding his career, it officially began in 1977, and Joe has been an active member of both the film and television industries ever since. So, if you ever wondered how rich he is, we can say that authoritative sources estimated the size of Joe Penny’s net worth is around $500,000. The main source of his wealth is his professional acting career, as he has appeared in more than 75 film and television titles. If he continues to expand it further, there is no doubt that his net worth will increase in the coming years.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity

When it comes to his early life, Joe Penny spent his early years in his hometown of London, where he was raised alongside his seven siblings by his parents, whose names and professions have not been revealed to the media yet. The family soon relocated to the US, settling in Marietta, Georgia. However, it didn’t take long until his parents ended their marriage, so he moved with his mother and siblings to Huntington Beach, California. He now holds American nationality and is of white ethnicity.


Regarding his educational background, Joe went to Marina High School, where he developed his love for sport, so he was active not only in a basketball team but also in a football team.

Joe Penny

Following his matriculation in 1974, Joe didn’t continue his education further, since he had to work various odd jobs to support himself before he moved his focus to acting career. So, he started studying acting under Lee Strasberg.

The late 1970s: Career Beginnings

His professional acting career started in 1977, when he made a guest-starring appearance as Brandon in an episode of the ABC mystery series “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries”, after which he was cast in his debut recurring role as Sal DiVito in the TV series “Forever Fernwood” (1977). Thereafter, he featured as Dean Berger in Joseph Ruben’s drama film “Our Winning Season”, which was followed by his portrayal of Rick Bladen in the EMI Television horror “Deathmoon”, both in 1978.

By the end of the decade, Joe Penny landed the roles of Beau Galloway in the 1979 made-for-television romantic drama “The Girls In The Office” and Paul Cameron in another television film, entitled “The Gossip Columnist” in 1980. All of these appearances marked the establishment of his net worth.

The early 1980s: Rise to Prominence

At the beginning of the 1980s, Joe’s career moved to the next level as he came to prominence after being chosen to portray Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel in the NBC crime drama mini-series “The Gangster Chronicles” (1981), starring alongside Michael Nouri and Brian Benben, adding a considerable amount to his net worth. During the same year, he reprised the role in the film entitled “Gangster Wars”, based on the mini-series, and starred in other film titles, including the slasher film “Bloody Birthday”, playing Mr.

Harding, the comedy “S.O.B.”, featuring as Officer Phil Buchwald, and the sci-fi film “Lifepod”, portraying Simmons. Moreover, Joe also guest-starred in such television series as “Archie Bunker’s Place”, “Flamingo Road”, “Savage In The Orient”, among many others.

The mid-1980s: “Riptide”

In 1984, Joe got a chance to join the cast as Nick Ryder in the detective series “Riptide”, which was aired for two seasons on the NBC network, increasing further both his wealth and his popularity. Following the end of series, he went on to play Robert McCay in the NBC film “Perry Mason: The Case Of The Shooting Star” in 1986, which was followed by his portrayals of Edward Moran in the NBC crime drama film “Blood Vows: The Story Of A Mafia Wife” and Lloyd Murphy in the CBS two-part drama series “Roses Are For The Rich”, both in 1987.

The late 1980s: “Jake And The Fatman”

Joe’s career reached its zenith during the same year, as he was cast in the title role in the extremely popular crime-drama series “Jake and the Fatman”, which was aired on the CBS network from 1987 to 1992. Starring in more than 100 episodes led him to become recognized all over the world, while his net worth was enormously increased thanks to the success of the show. Side by side with filming it, Joe also starred as Dan Walker in the made-for-television film “A Whisper Kills” in 1988, and as Dr. Ed Betters in the 1990 film “The Operation”.

The 1990s: Television Film Titles

With the beginning of the next decade, Joe continued to line up success after success by landing further major roles in television film titles, as Michael Carlin in the 1992 thriller “The Danger Of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story”, after which he was cast as Lonnie in the drama thriller “Terror In The Night” and played Ron Rickman in the drama “The Disappearance Of Vonnie”, both in 1994. In the following year, he portrayed Mike in the CBS drama film “Young At Heart”, then starred as John Dubroski in the 1996 crime-drama thriller “Double Jeopardy” and landed the role of Ben Fein in the 1997 action “Breach Of Faith: A Family Of Cops 2”, which he reprised later in its sequel “Family Of Cops 3: Under Suspicion” (1999).

In the same year, Joe returned to the big screen, as he played  Arden Cook in the 1999 crime “Jack Of Hearts”, directed by Serge Rodnunsky, and featured as Walter Motter in David Worth’s crime-drama thriller “The Prophet’s Game” (2000). During the 1990s, Penny was also active with making appearances in various television series, including “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “Touched By An Angel”, “The Sopranos”, etc.

The 2000s: “Jane Doe” film series

Joe’s first role in the next decade came in 2001, when he made an appearance as Tiny in the family adventure fantasy “The Little Unicorn”, after which he landed such parts as George Tomich in the drama “Two Against Time” and Jack Darrow in the action “The Red Phone: Manhunt”, both in 2002.

His next significant role came when he was chosen to play Frank Darnell in the “Jane Doe” mystery TV film series broadcast on the Hallmark Channel. The series include such titles as “Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don’t” (2005), “Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well” (2006), and “Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder” (2008). Thereafter, he joined the cast of the NBC daytime soap opera “Days Of Our Lives” (2008), featuring as Martino Vitali, and then was cast as Hank Butler in the police procedural series “Cold Case”, aired on the CBS network between 2009 and 2010.

The 2010s and Recent Projects

In early 2010s, Joe landed a part in the 2011 made-for-television film “Betrayed At 17”, featuring as John Taylor, after which he became pretty passive in searching for new projects since he decided to withdraw from the film industry for a while. Fortunately for his fans, he returned in 2016 when he landed the role of Sam in the crime-drama film “The Last Night Inn”, directed by John Heath.

Personal Life: Wife Cindy

Speaking about his personal life, Joe Penny is a married man. After being so popular he has managed to keep his privacy very low profile. However, it is known that he and his wife Cindy M. Penny exchanged their wedding vows at a ceremony held in 2004. The couple has no children.

Joe Penny

How old is he? Appearance, Vital Statistics, Nationality, Ethnicity

Speaking about his age, as mentioned Joe Penny was born in 1956, which makes him 63 years-old. Regarding his appearance, he has short dark brown hair and green colored eyes. Although he is in his late 60s, Joe still looks great. He stands at a height of 6ft (1.83m), while his weight is approximately 189lbs (86kgs). Information about his vital statistics is not available.

What is Joe Penny doing now?

There is almost no information regarding his professional career at the present time in the media, and one of the main reasons why we cannot find any details is his absence from the social media scene – he has no accounts on such sites as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Accordingly,  we can only assume that he is at least in semi-retirement and spends his time with family and friends.

General Info

Full NameJoe Penny
Date Of BirthJune 24, 1956
Height1.83 m
EducationMarina High School


MoviesBlood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife, Bloody Birthday, Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops 2, Whisper Kill, Family of Cops 3, Reign of the Gargoyles, Our Winning Season, Betrayed at 17, The Red Phone: Manhunt, The Little Unicorn, Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star, Terror in the Night, Gangst...
TV ShowsJane Doe, Jake and the Fatman, Riptide, The Gangster Chronicles, Forever Fernwood

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1Suffered from seasickness while filming the Riptide (1984) TV series.
2First job was a small part in the pilot of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) TV series.
3Dark, hunky 'tough guy' actor who studied under Lee Strasberg and went on to play heroes and mobsters in mini-movies in the 80s. Best known for his series work with William Conrad in Jake and the Fatman (1987).
4Played football during high school in Huntington Beach, California. Odd jobs before acting including washing postal trucks, crew foreman, and dishwasher.
5Born in England to an American father and an Italian mother, lived in Georgia as a baby but later moved to California, where he has lived since.
6While Joe is a graduate of Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California, Class of 1974, he was never a high-profile student. No extra-curricular activities (drama productions, etc), and he ducked every student picture day after his freshman year. You'll find him listed as "missing in action" in every MHS yearbook published after 1971.




The Last Night Inn2016Sam
Betrayed at 172011TV MovieJohn Taylor
Cold Case2009-2010TV SeriesHank Butler
CSI: Miami2008TV SeriesTravis Drake
Days of Our Lives2008TV SeriesMartino Vitali
Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder2008TV MovieFrank Darnell
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2007TV SeriesJack Oakley
Jane Doe: How to Fire Your Boss2007VideoFrank Darnell
Reign of the Gargoyles2007TV MovieGus
Jane Doe: Ties That Bind2007TV MovieFrank Darnell
Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall2006TV MovieFrank Darnell
Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well2006TV MovieFrank Darnell
Threshold2005TV SeriesRobert Sprague
Jane Doe: The Wrong Face2005TV MovieFrank Darnell
Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part2005TV MovieFrank Darnell
Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't2005TV MovieFrank Darnell
Jane Doe: Vanishing Act2005TV MovieFrank Darnell
7th Heaven2003TV SeriesNick
Red Phone 22003TV MovieDarrow
The Little Unicorn2002Tiny
The Red Phone: Manhunt2002TV MovieJack Darrow
Boomtown2002TV SeriesLes Van Buren
Two Against Time2002TV MovieGeorge Tomich
Scope2001TV SeriesHost
Jack of Hearts2000Arden Cook
The Prophet's Game2000Walter Motter
Chicken Soup for the Soul2000TV SeriesDavid
The Sopranos2000TV SeriesVictor Musto
Walker, Texas Ranger1999TV SeriesSonny Tantero
Twice in a Lifetime1999TV SeriesFlash Jericho / David Lazarus
BitterSweet1999VideoCarl Peckato
Family of Cops III: Under Suspicion1999TV MovieBen Fein
Diagnosis Murder1998TV SeriesDet. Reggie Ackroyd
Stranger in My Home1997TV MovieNed Covington
Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops II1997TV MovieBen Fein
She Woke Up Pregnant1996TV MovieDr. Roger Nolton
Double Jeopardy1996TV MovieJohn Dubroski
Touched by an Angel1995TV SeriesZack Bennett
Young at Heart1995TV MovieMike
The Disappearance of Vonnie1994TV MovieRon Rickman
Terror in the Night1994TV MovieLonnie
The Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story1992TV MovieMichael Carlin
Jake and the Fatman1987-1992TV SeriesJake Styles
Matlock1986-1990TV SeriesPaul Baron
The Operation1990TV MovieDr. Ed Betters
A Whisper Kills1988TV MovieDan Walker
Roses Are for the Rich1987TV MovieLloyd Murphy
Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife1987TV MovieEdward Moran
The Twilight Zone1986TV SeriesRicky Frost
Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star1986TV MovieRobert McCay
Riptide1984-1986TV SeriesNick Ryder
T.J. Hooker1983TV SeriesMiles Dickson
Matt Houston1983TV SeriesEric Jason
Lottery!1983TV Series
Savage in the Orient1983TV MoviePeter Savage
Archie Bunker's Place1983TV SeriesRick Baxter
Tucker's Witch1983TV SeriesJustin St. Peter
Gangster Wars1981Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
S.O.B.1981Officer Phil Buchwald
Bloody Birthday1981Mr. Harding
Vega$1981TV SeriesNickie Andreas
Flamingo Road1981TV SeriesNick Walker
The Gangster Chronicles1981TV Mini-SeriesBenjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel
The Gossip Columnist1980TV MoviePaul Cameron
Paris1980TV SeriesMike Fitz
Lou Grant1979TV SeriesDave Tynan
Samurai1979TV MovieLee Cantrell
The Girls in the Office1979TV MovieBeau Galloway
Mother, Juggs & Speed1978TV ShortSpeed
Deathmoon1978TV MovieRick Bladen
Our Winning Season1978Dean Berger
CHiPs1978TV SeriesOfficer Brent Delaney
Forever Fernwood1977TV SeriesSal DiVito
Delta County, U.S.A.1977TV MovieJoe Ed
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1977TV SeriesBrandon


Riptide1984TV Series performer - 2 episodes


Whatever Happened To?2010TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait1999-2001TV Series documentaryHimself / Narrator
Vicki!1992TV SeriesHimself
What About Me? I'm Only 3!1992TV MovieHimself
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHimself
Ford Super Model of the World 19911991TV MovieHimself - Host
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1989TV SeriesHimself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade1987TV SpecialHimself
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHimself
The Richard Lewis 'I'm in Pain' Concert1985TV Movie documentaryHimself - Witness
The NBC All Star Hour1985TV MovieHimself
Our Time1985TV SeriesHimself
Today1985TV SeriesHimself
Hour Magazine1985TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

1993TV PrizeAftonbladet TV Prize, SwedenBest Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia


  1. Mary Kay Stone Reply

    Around 1989, I saw “Blood Vows” w/ Joe Penny and Melissa Gilbert. I loved it! I bought the dvd, still have it. Watched it for the past 3 nights, will watch it again tonite. I cannot understand why the “powers that be” didn’t develop a sequel to that movie! While I realize it was made back in the 80’s, and the fantastic characters have “matured” somewhat, it still isn’t too late to have a sequel. In these turmoil times, we need a break from reality, and need to watch that story again. It can be written with such an emotional charge, very exciting. Please consider this request.

    • Where did you buy the CD? I’m looking to buy it, but can’t find it anywhere?

  2. Ellenrenfrew Reply

    I would like to see a 2nd sequel of blood vows maybe joe getting married again it’s one of my fave films .
    Would like to here if this will happen.

  3. Yes, I love this movie. I saw it on television when it first aired back in 1987. I would love to see a sequel to it as well with that handsome Joe Penny in starring role getting re-married.

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