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Penn Jillette

Highest Rated:   100% Toy Story (1995)
Lowest Rated:   14% Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989)
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Best known as one-half of the magic act "Penn & Teller," Penn Jillette rose to fame in the mid-'80s opposite touring partner Teller (born Raymond Joseph Teller), and graduated in a very short time from performing tricks in small-time dives to co-emceeing one of the most popular nightclub acts in the United States. Time and again, the men's schtick emphasized the hilariously macabre: tricks that involved juggling knives, swallowing massive embroidery needles, eating fire, and all manner of other deadly mayhem. The tall and imposing Penn typically trademarked himself with a vociferous, aggressive, and outsized persona, while the diminutive Teller remained quiet and laconic during performances.Fittingly, the men made many of their earliest on-camera appearances on Saturday Night Live between 1985 and 1986, but within a few years branched out into concert films and movie roles (My Chauffeur, Tough Guys Don't Dance), including their own eponymous vehicle, Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989), directed by Arthur Penn; the picture unequivocally bombed at the box office (and in fact barely got released) but did net a small and loyal cult following. The duo also headlined its own Showtime network series, Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, in which they attempted to debunk what they perceived as cultural myths, from evangelical creationism to UFOs and penis enlargement pills. Jillette subsequently achieved fame in his own right (independently of his performing partner) by executive producing and directing photography for the standup comedy tribute film The Aristocrats (2005), a raunchy, all-star series of variations on a single monologue that featured such luminaries as Phyllis Diller and Bob Saget in its cast. He also participated in season six of the competitive reality series Dancing with the Stars (2008), opposite Kym Johnson. Over the coming years, Jillette would find ongoing success in the media, teaming up with Teller again for the 2011 series Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Penn & Teller: Tell Us a Lie, and acting as a contestant on the 2012 season of The Apprentice. Jillette would also find a large audience with his successful podcast hosted by Ace Broadcasting, Penn's Sunday School.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Eating You Alive
  • Actor
2016
55% Can We Take a Joke?
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Director's Cut
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2016
97% An Honest Liar
  • Actor
$0.2M 2015
71% Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Tower To The People: Tesla's Dream At Wardenclyffe Continues
  • Himself
2015
36% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
  • Lt. Col. Stylo
2015
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
$5.8k 2014
90% Tim's Vermeer
  • Producer
$1.7M 2014
44% The Unbelievers
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Brave New Voices
  • Actor
2009
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet History of the Joke
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Brother Theodore
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Phone Sex
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet American Carny: True Tales From the Circus Sideshow
  • Narrator
2006
No Score Yet Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End
  • Actor
2005
79% The Aristocrats
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
$6.2M 2005
No Score Yet Goodnight, We Love You: The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller
  • Actor
2004
75% Michael Moore Hates America
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic
  • Actor
2002
82% Fantasia 2000
  • Narrator
2000
No Score Yet Fear of Fiction
  • Albert
2000
49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Carnie Talker
1998
No Score Yet Nothing Sacred
  • Actor
1997
100% Toy Story
  • TV Announcer
1995
32% Hackers
  • Hal
1995
100% Half Japanese: The Band that Would Be King
  • Actor
1993
14% Penn & Teller Get Killed
  • Himself
1989
No Score Yet Gandahar (Light Years)
  • Chief of the Deformed
1988
No Score Yet Penn & Teller's Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends
  • Actor
1988
39% Tough Guys Don't Dance
  • Big Stoop
1987
No Score Yet Off Beat
  • Norman
1986
No Score Yet My Chauffeur
  • Bone
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Scorpion
2014
  • Dr. Cecil Rizzuto Couples Counselor
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Penn & Teller: Fool Us
2014
  • Host
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • Panelist
  • 2017
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2006
No Score Yet Code Black
2015
  • Johnny Prentiss
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2013
No Score Yet King of the Nerds
2013-2015
  • Appearing
  • 2015
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Edward LeGrand
  • 2015
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
  • 2015
No Score Yet Wizard Wars
2014-2015
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Judge
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
2013-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Chopped
2009
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Deal With It
2013-2014
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Celebrity Wife Swap
2012-2015
  • Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
2012-2013
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004
  • Reality cast member
  • Actor
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
  • Voice
  • 2012
75% The Defenders
2010-2011
  • Actor
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Green Room With Paul Provenza
2010-2011
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Himself
  • 2008
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Appearing
  • Reality cast member
  • Actor
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Penn Jillette
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Rebo

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