Celebrity magician, Penn Jillette has been active for over three decades. He has teamed up with his fellow magician Teller and has been credited as Penn & Teller. He has appeared in several films and TV throughout his career. He has created a private recording workshop in his own home in Las Vegas. The illusionist has had quite an illustrious career.
Both Penn and his partner Teller have made fortune worth millions. The estimated net worth of Penn Jillette is $190 million US dollars. He is an atheist and is known for his advocacy in libertarianism, free-market capitalism and scientific skepticism. The American apart from being a magician is also a juggler, inventor, and musician.
Penn Fraser Jillette was born on March 5, 1955, in Greenfield, Massachusetts. His father, Samuel Herbert Jillette used to work at Greenfield’s Franklin County Jail and his mother, Valda Rudolph Jillette was a secretary. When he was eight, he saw a show by an illusionist, James Randi. He was fascinated by magic after the show and refers Randi as his idol. When he was in high school, he worked with his classmate Michael Moschen.
They used to develop and perform juggling act before their graduation in 1973. Penn graduated from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in 1974. He met his future team mate Teller in the same year through Weir Chrisemer who happened to be a mutual friend of the two. The three of them used to perform an act called Asparagus Valley Cultural Society in Amherst and San Francisco. The title “Penn & Teller” was coined in the year 1981, and together they used to do Broadway Theater.
Penn Jillette is an accumulator and expert of song poems. He married Emily Jillette and together they have two children, Zolten and Moxie CrimeFighter. He was featured in Eating You Alive, a 2016 documentary about food and fitness. Jillette supported Gary Johnson for US President in 2012 and in 2016. He has got a red fingernail on his left hand, and there are many speculations about it.
Despite being in the Broadway, Jillette was in a musical trio called Bongos, Bass, and Bob. From 1990 to 1994, Jillette became a regular columnist for now-defunct PC/Computing magazine. He stopped doing it when the new editor of the magazine started to tell him on how to write his columns. In the 1990s, he became the voice announcer for US based cable network Comedy Central. He started recording music in his Las Vegas Valley house, ‘The Slammer’. From 1996, he was seen in the TV series, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch. In 2003, Jillette with his partner Teller started the show Penn & Teller: Bullshit!
The duo appeared as comedians in the 5th-season episode of Babylon 5. He was the co-producer and director of The Aristocrats, a documentary film in 2005. He used to do Penn Radio broadcast from his Vintage Nudes Studio from his Las Vegas home. In March 2007, he announced that he would stop doing his radio show. He was also a contestant in Dancing with the Stars in 2008. He was seen as one of the contestants of The Celebrity Apprentice season 5. He raised $663,655 for the charity Opportunity Village by again participating in All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.
Penn Jillette has won several awards throughout his career. He and Tell were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The duo was recognized by the Magic Castle with the “Magicians of the Year” award. Penn Jillette also won WGA Award for Best Comedy/Variety Series. He won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Illusions/Magic Design.
Net Worth of Penn Jillette in 2017
Penn Jillette rose to fame in the 1980s when he teamed up with his partner Teller. They used to entertain the audience with their various tricks. The majority of fortune made by Penn Jillette comes from his act with Teller. The net worth of Penn Jillette is $190 million US dollars as of 2017. His total earning for the year 2009 was $20 million.
By making appearances in various movies, TV series and music videos, the magician stood up in accumulating his wealth. He has also released several albums and written books. To add more, he has also released his own podcast, which has existed since 2006.
Jillette has considered himself to be an anarcho-capitalist. He provided financial assistance to David and Jad Fair of the rock band Half Japanese for their record 50 Skidillion Watts.