Summary of Joe Penny:
• Born in London, England in 1956
• Net worth estimated at $500,000 from acting career
• Studied under Lee Strasberg and often played tough guy roles
• Starred in "Riptide" (1984-86), "Jake and the Fatman" (1987-92), and "The Sopranos"
• Married to Cindy since 2004, private about personal life and has no social media accounts

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJune 24, 1956
FactBorn 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.

Who is actor Joe Penny?

Joseph Edward Penny Jr. was born on 24 June 1956, in London, England, and is an actor, perhaps still best known for being a part of the TV detective series “Riptide” in the role of Nick Ryder from 1984 to 1986. He also appeared in the popular TV series “Jake and the Fatman” (1987-92).

View this post on Instagram

#JoePenny #Cop #PoliceOfficer #Leather

A post shared by CigarsMusclesMen (@cigarsmusclesmen) on

The Wealth of Joe Penny

How rich is Joe Penny? As of mid-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $500,000, mostly earned through his career as an actor, having appeared in numerous other television projects and films. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life and Education

Joe’s father was American and mother Italian – his family later moved from London to Marietta, Georgia where they would stay until his parents divorced. He then moved with his mother to California where he would attend Marina High School, during which time he played both basketball and football. He was not a high profile student, and never really participated in extracurricular activities – he was even listed as missing in action in every yearbook of the school.

After completing his studies, he took on various odd jobs to make ends meet, as a dishwasher, a postal truck washer, and a crew foreman before finding acting opportunities. He studied under Lee Strasberg, and his demeanor allowed him to play various tough guy roles in Hollywood. In the late 1970s up to the 1980s, he had various heroic and villainous roles, many of which found him playing as a mobster. He was also a part of the pilot of “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries”.

Acting Prominence

Penny began his career appearing in various television films and pilots, then had one of his first recurring roles on television in the series “Forever Fernwood”, playing the role of Sal DiVito, and having parts in “CHiPs”, “Vega$”, “Flamingo Road”, and “Archie Bunker’s Place. He also started to appear in a variety of films, such as “Our Winning Season”, and “Gangster Wars” in the role of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. In 1984, he became one of the main cast members in the show “Riptide”, in which he was given the role of Nick Ryder, aired on NBC as a detective series which would run for three seasons, but still had reruns on the USA Network during the late 1980s. Penny would go on to appear in other television projects in the meantime, as a guest in “The Twilight Zone” which was a revival of the 1960s television series of the same name, and in television movies “Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star”, and “Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife”.
View this post on Instagram

Born on this date actor #joepenny , I loved the show #riptide

A post shared by The Chad (@thekitschiestchad) on

Later Work

In 1987, Joe was cast as Jake Styles in the television series “Jake and the Fatman”, a crime drama which follows prosecutor J. L. “Fatman” McCabe and investigator Jake Styles as they handle various crimes. The show would run for a total of five seasons on CBS, ending its run in 1992. The show’s success would create the spin-off “Diagnosis: Murder”, which would also find popularity on its own. After his run with “Jake and the Fatman”, Joe would find himself going back to appearing in television films.

He also had the opportunity to make guest appearances in recent popular shows – he was a part of “The Sopranos”, “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “7th Heaven”, and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. During the 2000s, he became one of the stars of the “Jane Doe” television movie series on the Hallmark Channel, starring alongside Lea Thompson in numerous productions including “Jane Doe: Vanishing Act”, “Jane Doe: The Wrong Face”, and “Jane Doe: Ties That Bind”. In 2006, Joe then had a recurring role in “Days of Our Lives”, then found a recurring role in “Cold Case” a few years later.

Personal Life and Relationships

Many sources detail that Penny has been married since 2004 to Cindy, however, due to how private their relationship is, there have been no details on whether or not they have children.

One of the reasons his personal life remaining private is due to a lack of any social media accounts with any of the major social media websites, such as with Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. He’s also not been active with any acting work since 2011, and has laid low from the media in recent years.

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

Social profile links


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. Patricia Lewis Reply

    I love Joe Penny. I wish he made more movies. Most recent is Hallmark Channel movies called Jane Doe. If
    he were single would love to go out with him. Think we are about same age.


  2. Joe Penny has stated many times he has never been married nor has he ever been interested in marriage. Cindy was just a crazy fan who never married Joe. She was obsessed with Joe. He is a happily single straight man. Who enjoys being an uncle and spoiling the kids in the family.

  3. Ann vasconi Reply

    Love Joe penny. He’s still gorgeous. Huge fan. Make more movies. Loved u in blood vows!!!!

  4. Linda Hattam Reply

    I love Joe Penny in Jake & the Fatman. Joe is my favourite actor. I have the box set of Jake & the Fatman. I watch at least 2 episodes every day. Joe Penny is awesome.❤️

Write A Comment

Pin It