Sweet Home Alabama Actor Bob Penny dies at 87


Bob Penny was an actor who has worked in over 30 movies to this date. The actor has also been cast in some of the most popular movies in Hollywood including Sweet Home Alabama and Forrest Gump. 

It is surely devastating news that the actor died at the age of 87 and there is no cause of his death in his obituary.

Bob Penny’s Life

Bob was born in 1937. He has lived quite a glorious life considering that he has won several awards in poetry, acting, and teaching. Some of his achievements include the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. Likewise, he has been part of some nominations like the Birmingham Festival of the Arts Silver Bowl Award, the Applause Award, etc. Plus, he has been nominated for the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching a total of 6 times.

He spent 32 years teaching, and 21 years at UAB. He started working as an actor the time he was teaching in the 1980s. Penny has also worked for commercials for Birmingham’s Parisian department store. “A British friend of mine saw the commercials and said, ‘Bob, why don’t you come with me to Atlanta and see if they’d like to have you as one of their actors at this agency,’” he said in an interview in the year 2008.

Bob Penny Movies

Penny has worked in some of the most amazing films in Hollywood. These films include “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Forrest Gump”, “My Cousin Vinny”, “The Legend of Bagger Vance”, “The Rosa Parks Story”, “In the Heat of the Night”, “The Odd Couple”, and “Don Juan in Hell”.

The late actor shared that though his teaching career was sufficient enough for him to make a living when the acting came into the scene, his life started getting much easier. This surely explains why Penny worked so actively throughout his acting career. Besides this, he also said that he was able to pay the mortgages with the help of the money that he earned from acting.

Bob Penny Death

The actor passed away to unknown circumstances on the day on Christmas in 2022. Sadly, he was not able to work on more movies this past year. Whatsoever, his past works and the legacy that he left in the arena of poetry, acting, and especially teaching, will always remain in the minds and hearts of people.

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