Bob Penny, who was an Alabama college professor who later turned actor and pursued a nearly 30-year career in Hollywood died at the age of 87 on Christmas Day in Huntsville, Alabama.
At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Bob spent three decades as an English professor. He used to teach Poetry and Prose. Penny was a dedicated teacher, an award-winning educator, and an acclaimed poet in his own right.
After 32 years in the classroom, Penny retired from academia in 1990. Then he started to work on his passion for performing. Bob began getting work in small bit parts in movies and dramas.
Throughout his Hollywood career, Penny appeared in over 30 films and TV shows. His movie credits include “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Forrest Gump”, “Mississippi Burning”, “My Cousin Vinny” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance”, among others.