Penn Jillette

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Penn Jillette Biography

Penn Fraser Jillette (born March 5, 1955 in Greenfield, Massachusetts) is an American illusionist, juggler and comedian known for his work with fellow illusionist Teller in the team known as Penn & Teller.

Penn Jillette, the larger, more talkative half of Penn & Teller, became disenchanted with traditional illusionist acts that presented the craft as authentic magic, such as The Amazing Kreskin on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. At age eighteen, he saw a show by illusionist James Randi, and became enamored of his approach to magic that openly acknowledged deception as entertainment rather than a mysterious supernatural power. Jillette regularly acknowledges Randi as the one person on the planet he loves the most besides members of his family.

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Penn Jillette Awards

2013 Walk of Fame Live Performance Shared with: Won
2011 Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy/Variety - Series "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!" (2003). Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!" (2003). Nominated
2008 Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy/Variety - Series "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!" (2003). Nominated
2007 Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy/Variety - Series "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!" (2003). Nominated

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Penn Jillette Trivia

  • With partner Teller, half of comedy/magic team Penn & Teller.
  • Owned an over-sized sport-utility vehicle painted bright pink (he nicknamed it "Pink Death"), with a Nevada vanity license plate that read "6SIX6". He reportedly spent several thousand dollars on a customized sound system for it. He sold it in 2005, to raise money for J.R.E.F. (the James Randi Education Foundation).
  • Is a Cato Institute H.L. Mencken Research Fellow.
  • Nail of the ring finger of his left hand is always painted.
  • Plays the upright bass in his show in Vegas. He also helped compose some of the songs for the show.
  • Never knew how to play poker, until 8 days before his appearance on "Celebrity Poker Showdown" (2003) 15 July 2004.
  • The original announcer for cable channel Comedy Central.
  • Jokes that the reason for him painting his fingernail is because he "Shot a man for asking him personal questions!". The real reason is that it is a joke between him and his mother.
  • His daughter was born on Friday, June 3, 2005. Her name is Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette.
  • Never drinks or smokes.
  • Son Zolten Penn Jillette was born 22 May 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and joins his 11-month-old sister, Moxie Crimefighter Jillette.
  • Knows how to do fire eating, and has shown this talent on an episode of his new hit game show "Identity".
  • High school classmate of Michael Moschen.
  • Attended Ringling Brothers Clown College.
  • Owns a pink Mini Cooper with a vanity license plate reading ATHEIST.
  • Claims to have no facial recall. He says he even ran into his mother once after a show and didn't recognize her.

Penn Jillette Photos

  • Penn Jillette, Teller

    Penn Jillette Launches "Vanilla & Chocolate Magic Swirtle" Ice Cream at Walgreens in Las Vegas on May 13, 2013

  • David Copperfield, Penn Jillette and Teller

    Penn & Teller Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 5, 2013

  • Michael Lumpkin and Penn Jillette

    2012 IDA Documentary Awards at the DGA Hosted by Penn Jillette - Arrivals

  • Arsenio Hall  and Penn Jillette

    NBC Universal 2012 Winter TCA Press Tour All-Star Party - Arrivals

  • Penn Jillette

    Usher's 24th Birthday Party "A Night of Masquerade" - Arrivals

  • Penn Jillette

    CatHouse Grand Opening Event - Arrivals

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