Jonathan Penner

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Quotes (11)

  • Jonathan: (talking about how he was told he made it for "Survivor") I was told I'd made it onto the show by Phone with a 'congrats' or 'you made it' kind of call. I had been in touch with them for months as all candidates have to have shots, go through reams of paperwork, insurance, things like that. I'd had to 'carve out' a few issues on my contracts, so I'd been speaking with them regularly. Of course some of the folks who go through this whole process then get a disappointing call at the end of it. But I got a good one. I was in my car when it happened.

  • Jonathan: (talking about "Survivor: Cook Islands") The more deserving tribe, who felt I had betrayed them, needed my help to stay in the game. Not that I am or was a martyr or hero. I don't feel like that AT ALL, but a Villain, no it never entered my mind, and as I say it apparently didn't enter the producers' minds either. Maybe I was obnoxious. If they got it, they use it, and really, that was the best (worst) I gave them. If I sound defensive, I don't mean to. But really folks, a burp does not a villain make.

  • Jonathan: (talking about "Survivor: Cook Islands") I was somewhat surprised that once the show was on air, I was seen by some as the villain. Again, call me stupid and naïve, but I do and did believe my motives were there for all to see.

  • Jonathan: (talking about "Survivor: Cook Islands") I agree I was way too open and honest! But that's me, Mr. Big Mouth. It's funny, because people always said (behind my back) they didn't trust me, and Yul always said 'why not? If anything he's too honest!' I actually think that's why they didn't trust. Because they assumed I couldn't be so open all the time – it must've been a cover.

  • Jonathan: (reflecting on why he lost "Survivor: Cook Islands") I played an endgame way too soon.

  • Jonathan: (talking about his abandonment of "Survivor" because of his knee injury) I'm feeling much, much better now, thank you. When I was leaving, I was extremely upset but then I was out of the game and I was rather calm about it all.

  • Jonathan: (talking about his strategy in "Survivor") My strategy was winning as many challenges as I did. I was part of eight winning challenges and that helped solidify my position as a leader and a strong player on my tribe.

  • Jonathan: I never went out of my way, certainly never took any pleasure in hurting anybody's feelings.

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Trivia (13)

  • Jonathan produced Down on the Waterfront (1993).

  • Jonathan wrote The Lone Ranger (2003).

  • Jonathan wrote "The Sensational Madeline Lee" for the Harper's Magazine June 1983 edition.

  • Jonathan wrote an article titled "Investments" that was published in the December 1892 issue of Harper's Magazine.

  • Jonathan has one bunny, Angel Cake, one cat, Vinnie, and two lizards, Mozilla and Luna.

  • In 2000, Jonathan won a Prix SACD Award for his work in Let the Devil Wear Black, which he wrote and produced.

  • Jonathan enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, soccer, and baseball.

  • Jonathan has two children, Cooper and Ava.

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