Bob Penny, actor known for 'Sweet Home Alabama' and 'Mississippi Burning' dies at 87 – rest in peace

Bob Penny, actor known for ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Mississippi Burning’ dies at 87 – rest in peace

It’s always heartbreaking to find out about the death of a beloved actor. Especially when the death is around the holiday season.

Bob Penny was a beloved actor across the world and his death surely leaves a big hole in many lives…

Bob Penny did not start his Hollywood career out as a young struggling actor. He actually spent thirty years as an English professor, teaching Poetry and Prose at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Apart from his accolades in acting, he was an award-winning teacher and poet as well.

In 1990, after 32 years of teaching behind him he decided to retire from academia and pursue his other passion; performing.


Throughout his Hollywood career, he did small roles in various films and television shows. He has over 30 acting credits to his name. This includes roles in hits like Sweet Home Alabama, Forrest Gump, Mississippi Burning, My Cousin Vinny and The Legend of Bagger Vance, and more.

Bob Penny, an Alabama college professor and actor who performed small roles in movies including “Forrest Gump” and…

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He also appeared in television shows like Higher Education, Drop Dead Diva, Devious Maids and also the TV adaptation of In the Heat of the Night. His last acting credit was a recurring role on the television series Still the King in 2016.

He passed away on Christmas Day in Huntsville, Alabama at the age of 87 years old. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy both in academia and also on the big screen.

Bob Penny is wonderful proof that it is never too late to pursue another career in your life. He took up his acting career after retiring from his first career in academia!

Penny is survived by his brother, his sister, six nieces, and a nephew.

Bob Penny will surely be missed by all those who knew him and everyone who enjoyed seeing him on the big screen or even their television screens.

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