Bob Penny, bit actor in numerous Hollywood films, dies at 87

Bob Penny, an Alabama college professor and actor who performed modest roles in videos such as ‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ has died at age 87.

Penny died on Xmas Working day, in accordance to an obituary from Laughlin Assistance Funeral Property in Huntsville. No induce of death was presented.

Born in Anniston in 1935, Penny was a poet who used 3 decades as an English professor, typically teaching poetry and prose at the College of Alabama at Birmingham, reported.

During the 1980s, Penny uncovered do the job on the aspect by acting in Tv commercials for a neighborhood department shop as properly as for a United Way marketing campaign in Atlanta. Penny received deeper into performing following retiring from the college in 1990.

“Then the motion pictures commenced to arrive,” Penny advised in 2008. “I was definitely fortunate. I experienced these quite smaller roles, but they certain aided fork out the mortgage.”

Penny appeared in extra than 30 flicks and Tv set collection. He was credited as a “crony” in the 1994 film ‘Forrest Gump,’ and performed a bumbling, compact-town attorney in ‘Sweet Dwelling Alabama,’ unveiled in 2002.

Penny’s other film credits bundled the flicks ‘Mississippi Burning,’ ‘My Cousin Vinny’ and ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance,’ as very well as the Television set sequence “In the Warmth of the Night.”

When he wasn’t acting on movie, Penny took sections in theater productions in Birmingham, the place he done onstage in performs which include ‘The Odd Couple’ and ‘Don Juan in Hell.’

“Bob Penny captivated all of our hearts at Birmingham Festival Theatre and put his all into his function,” Rhonda Erbrick, chairwoman of the theater’s board, claimed in a statement. She added that Penny “is and was often an actor and a joy to be about.”