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Interviews: Celebrities from 1980s to Beyond at ‘The Hollywood Show’ Submitted by PatrickMcD on September 6, 2012 - 5:01pm.
Joe Penny Content Interview Jake and the Fatman Joe Arce Kick-Ass Patrick McDonald Saved by the Bell The Hollywood Show Yancy Butler Joe Penny, Portrayed Jake on “Jake and the Fatman” He’s Jaked: Joe Penny at at ‘The Hollywood Show,’ March of 2012 Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com In the realm of the truly unforgettable titles in TV drama history, “Jake and the Fatman” (1987-1992) weighs heavily. The Fatman was veteran actor William Conrad. Jake was character actor Joe Penny. Penny has done mostly guest spots in television since then, including “The Sopranos.” He recently did a three episode run on “Cold Case.”
HollywoodChicago.com: Reruns must seem like old home movies to a television veteran such as yourself. Any reruns of yours spur a particular memory or are there any you just like seeing again.
Joe Penny: I don’t really go back over my old shows, but I’ll see them occasionally, mostly I want to go back and change things about the character as I look at them now.
HollywoodChicago.com: What advantages do you think you had coming up through series television in the 1980s as opposed to now?
William Conrad, Joe Penny (right) in ‘Jake and the Fatman’ Photo credit: MGM Home Entertainment Penny: There was more of you had to earn it. These days, everyone is a writer, producer and movie star. You post something on the web, get enough hits, and suddenly you have TV show. [laughs] It is overloaded, and I don’t see many people with longevity anymore. Everything was harder when I started, and you had to take acting lessons, do theater parts, work on connections and then get lucky. The technology is good, but it’s also a hindrance for longevity.
HollywoodChicago.com: What is the best advice someone gave you about acting, and how do you apply it?
Penny: Know your job and don’t fake it. It looks easy, but the ones that make it look easy know what the hell they’re doing. They may tell you around the dining room table that you’re funny and you should be an actor, but until you challenge yourself by getting on a stage or in front of a camera, that’s when your knowledge of the craft separates you from the pretenders. The guys who gave me that advice was William Holden, Lee Marvin and Robert Mitchum. I’m grateful I had a chance to hang out with those guys. They were the real deal.
HollywoodChicago.com: Finally, what can you tell us about William Conrad that the rest of the world doesn’t know?
Penny: Everybody had the impression he was a gruff guy, but in reality he was like your lovable granddad. He was was like my granddad, that’s the relationship we had.
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