Bob Penny, a college lecturer from Alabama who also played small parts in films like “Forrest Gump” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” has passed away at the age of 87.
Penny passed away on Christmas Day, according to an obituary from the Laughlin Service Funeral Home in Huntsville. The cause of death was not made public.
According to AL.com, poet Penny, who was born in Anniston in 1935, spent thirty years as an English professor at the University of Alabama in Birmingham where she taught poetry and prose.
In the 1980s, Penny found side work by participating in television commercials for a neighboring department store and a United Way campaign in Atlanta. In the years after she left the university in 1990, Penny focused more on acting.
“Then the movies started to come,” Penny said in 2008 to AL.com. “I was quite fortunate. I had these pretty minor parts, but they undoubtedly assisted in covering the mortgage.
More than 30 movies and TV shows featured Penny. He appeared in the 1994 movie “Forrest Gump” as a “crony,” and in the 2002 movie “Sweet Home Alabama,” he played a clueless lawyer from a small town.
Penny has acted in a number of movies, including “In the Heat of the Night,” “Mississippi Burning,” “My Cousin Vinny,” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance.”
When he wasn’t appearing in motion pictures, Penny participated in Birmingham theatre performances. He appeared onstage in plays like “The Odd Couple” and “Don Juan in Hell.”
Bob Penny captured everyone’s attention at the Birmingham Festival Theatre and gave his all to his job, according to a statement from the theatre’s board chairwoman, Rhonda Erbrick. Penny “is and was always an actor and a joy to be around,” she continued.
What roles did Bob Penny take while he was not appearing in pictures?
When he wasn’t appearing in motion pictures, Penny participated in Birmingham theatre performances.