Jonathan Penner - Survivor: Cook Islands, Survivor: Micronesia-FvF, Survivor: Philippines
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Seasons: 3 | Days: 75 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 2

Survivor: Cook Islands (2006) - 7th place, 14th out - 6th juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 13, "Arranging a Hit" (Day 33).
  • Cumulative time: In-game - 28 days; Exile Island - 5 days (3 visits).

Survivor: Micronesia-Fans vs. Favorites (2008) - 15th place, 6th out.

  • Removed for medical reasons in Episode 6, "It Hit Everyone Pretty Hard" (Day 15).

Survivor: Philippines (2012) - 7th place, 12th out - 5th juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 10, "Whiners are Weiners" (Day 27).

Jonathan Penner - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats

Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S13: Cook Islands 1.02 6.57 0.15 8 15 9 0.86 1.31 - - - 1.02 2.33
S16: Micronesia 0.87 2.08 0.42 1 0 2 0.35 1.17 - - - 0.77 2.03
S25: Philippines 2.33 7.36 0.32 4 9 7 0.55 1.23 - - - 0.87 3.56
Career 4.21 16.0 0.26 13 24 18 0.71 1.69 - - - 0.98 3.09
Jonathan Penner - Challenge record
  • S13 logo Cook Islands challenges (click to expand/collapse)
    Steeple Chase - Ep3 IC
    Kicking and Screaming - Ep6 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6.25*-for-14; 2 sit-outs):

    • Cook Islands Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Lock and Load Light" - Raro finishes third, then he gets exiled (3rd*/4).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Tow the Line" - Raro ties for first (1st/4).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 3 IC: "Steeple Chase" - Now with new Aitu, stays in until the end, but Aitu loses.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 4 RC: "Strung Along" - Competes, and Aitu wins.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 4 IC: "Mayday" - Performs the stretcher puzzle/carry part, and Aitu wins.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 5 RC: "Never Tear Us Apart" - Paired with Yul, who drops his weight at 30 lbs. Later, Aitu loses.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 5 IC: "United We Stand" - Competes, Aitu overcomes an early Raro lead, Aitu wins.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 6 RC: "Kicking and Screaming" - With Yul, removes Nate from his pole, and Aitu wins reward.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 8 RC: "Smash and Grab" - With Becky, works the puzzle stage. Aitu wins.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 8 IC: "Stairway to Heaven" - Sits out, and Aitu loses.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 9 RC: "Barrel of Monkeys" - Now mutineed back to Raro. Sits out, Raro loses, gets yelled at by Ozzy for his mutiny.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 9 IC: "Depth Charge" - One of four rowers for Raro, which blows an early lead and loses.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 10 RC: "Make Your Point" - Raro loses.
    • Cook Islands Ep. 10 IC: "South Pacific" - Raro loses again.

    *Note: Third-place finishes in four-tribe phase of Cook Islands count as a quarter-win.


    Mast Cling On - Ep11 IC
    Recollection - Ep12 IC

    Individual challenge record (0-for-4): (Mean % finish: 56%)

    • Cook Islands Ep. 11 IC, "Mast Cling On" - Drops after 12 minutes (8th/9).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 12 IC, "Recollection" - Makes the final round, but gets stuck on the second set of recall/math questions (3rd/8).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 13 RC, "Pass the Bucket" - Teamed with his wife, Stacy Title, barely misses the win, and Parvati exiles him (2nd/7).
    • Cook Islands Ep. 13 IC, "Flotsam & Jetsam" - Did not finish collecting his sticks, (bottom 4/7).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record: (0-for-0)

    • None.
  • S16 logo Micronesia challenges (click to expand/collapse)
    Beach Bash - Ep3 RC
    Nut Bucket - Ep3 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (7-for-9; 1 sit-out):

    • Micronesia Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Reinventing the Wheel" - Malakal (favorites) loses.
    • Micronesia Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Smash & Grab" - Smashes tiles; minor problem finding his key, but Malakal wins.
    • Micronesia Ep. 3 RC: "Beach Bash" - Steals the fifth and final bag from the fans, Malakal wins.
    • Micronesia Ep. 3 IC: "Nut Bucket" - Heckles Airai and Probst while holding the basket, but Malakal loses.
    • Micronesia Ep. 4 RC: "Diver Down" - Retrieves 3 coconuts (1 fewer than Ozzy), and Malakal wins.
    • Micronesia Ep. 4 IC: "Crosswalk" - Malakal wins.
    • Micronesia Ep. 5 RC: "Cat and Mouse" - Now switched to Airai, and the new Airai wins.
    • Micronesia Ep. 5 IC: "A Stone's Throw" - Airai wins.
    • Micronesia Ep. 6 RC: "Build It Up, Break It Down" - Airai wins.


    Individual challenge record (0-for-1):

    • Micronesia Ep.1 Individual IC: Does not find Malakal's necklace/idol thing.


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record: (0-for-0)

    • None.
  • S25 logo Philippines challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Muddy Waters - Ep9 RC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6.0*-for-11):

    • Philippines Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Share the Wealth" - Does puzzle stage, Kalabaw finishes first. (1st/3).
    • Philippines Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Manila Folders" - Hauler, does puzzle. Kalabaw doesn't lose! (2nd*/3).
    • Philippines Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Deep In Thought" - Dives, etc. Kalabaw wins. (1st/3).
    • Philippines Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Swing Break" - Competes, another non-loss for Kalabaw. (2nd*/3).
    • Philippines Ep. 5 RC: "Idol Hands" - Down to two tribes, loses against Skupin, and Kalabaw loses.
    • Philippines Ep. 5 IC: "Thrash, Splash & Bash" - Does puzzle again, Kalabaw barely loses.
    • Philippines Ep. 6 RC: "Bog Roll" - Facilitates negotiations as Tandang surrenders.
    • Philippines Ep. 6 IC: "Philiping Out" - 1 catch shown (against Malcolm), but Kalabaw loses.
    • Philippines Ep. 8 RC: "Catch of the Day" - Puzzle helps team win (with Malcolm, Denise, Lisa, Jeff).
    • Philippines Ep. 9 RC: "Muddy Waters" - Wins again thanks to bag strategy (with Malcolm, Carter, Denise).
    • Philippines Ep. 10 RC: "Snare the Drum" - Penner and his team (Denise, Skupin, Lisa) lose to the kids.

    *Note: Second-place finishes in three-tribe phase of Philippines count as a half-win.


    Snake in the Grass - Ep8 IC

    Individual challenge record (1-for-5): (Mean % finish: 68%)

    • Philippines Ep. 7 IC, "Wrist Assured" - Third man out (5th/7).
    • Philippines Ep. 8 IC, "Snake in the Grass" - Wins with puzzle in final stage, of three (1st/10).
    • Philippines Ep. 9 IC: "Paddle Out" - One of many losers, but has one ball placed (3rd/9).
    • Philippines Ep. 10 IC: "Push Your Luck" - Eliminated in second of two stages (5th/8).
    • Philippines Ep. 11 IC: "Brains and Brawn" - Loses to Abi-Maria (and Carter) in the final stage (3rd/7).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record: (0-for-0)

    • None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 19.25*
    Played: 34
    Win%: 0.57
    Sat out: 3
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 1
    Played: 10
    Win%: 0.10
    Mean% Finish: 60%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Jonathan Penner - Tribal Council record
  • S13 logo Cook Islands Tribal (click to expand/collapse)
    Ep3 Tribal Council
    Ep9 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (8/9):


    VAP - Votes against (15):

    • Cook Islands, Ep. 6: One vote, from Flica.
    • Cook Islands, Ep. 7: One vote, from Flica.
    • Cook Islands, Ep. 8: One vote, from Brad.
    • Cook Islands, Ep. 10 (F11 vote): One vote, from Rebecca.
    • Cook Islands, Ep. 10 (F10 vote): Two votes, from Jenny & Nate.
    • Cook Islands, Ep. 12: Three votes, from Adam, Parvati, and Candice.
    • Cook Islands, Ep. 13: Six votes, from Yul, Ozzy, Becky, Sundra, Adam, and Parvati (voted out, 6-1).


    Jury votes made (1/1):

    • Cook Islands, Episode 15: Voted for Yul Kwon (who won, 5-4).
  • S16 logo Micronesia Tribal (click to expand/collapse)
    Ep3 Tribal Council
    Ep3 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • Micronesia: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (1/2):

    • Micronesia Ep. 1: Jonny Fairplay (voted out, 9-1).


    VAP - Votes against (0):

    • Micronesia: None.


    Jury votes made (0/0):

    • Micronesia: None.
  • S25 logo Philippines Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep2 idol

    Idols held/played: (1/1; 5 votes voided)

    • Philippines, Ep. 2: Finds the Kalabaw hidden idol.
    • Philippines, Ep. 7: Plays his idol, erasing five votes against, which would have been enough to vote him out.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (4/7):


    VAP - Votes against (9):

    • Philippines, Ep. 6: One vote, from Katie.
    • Philippines, Ep. 9: Four votes, from Pete, Lisa, Artis, and Abi-Maria.
    • Philippines, Ep. 11: Four votes, from Malcolm, Denise, Lisa, and Skupin (voted out, 4-3).


    Jury votes made (1/1):

Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 1
    Played: 1
    Votes voided: 5
  • Voting record
    VFB: 13
    Tribals: 18
    VAP: 24
  • Jury votes
    Made: 2
    For winners: 2
    Received: --
Jonathan Penner - Pictures
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Jonathan Penner - Interviews
Jonathan Penner - Bios
  • S13 logo Cook Islands bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From his Survivor: Cook Islands bio page (8/23/06):


    "A native of New York, Jonathan Penner is an actor, having had series regular roles on Grapevine, The Naked Truth and Rude Awakening. He also made guest-starring appearances in various series including CSI and The Nanny, both on CBS, as well as Seinfeld and Arrested Development. Additionally, he is a producer/writer/director.


    Penner attended the prestigious Phillips Andover prep school in Andover, Massachusetts, and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Penner enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, soccer and baseball.


    He is most proud of his family and his 1994 Oscar nomination for Best Short Film, Live Action for 'Down on the Waterfront' (which he co-produced, co-wrote and starred in with Jason Alexander, Ed Asner and Mike Starr). In 2000, he also won the grand prize at Cognac and the screenwriting prize at the Avignon Film Festival for 'Let the Devil Wear Black.'


    Penner currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife of 15 years, director Stacy Title (who directed him in the 1995 film 'The Last Supper'), and their two children, Cooper and Ava. They have one bunny, Angel Cake, one cat, Vinnie, and two lizards, Mozilla and Luna. His birth date is March 5, 1962."

  • S16 logo Micronesia bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From his CBS Survivor: Micronesia bio page: (Same as his Cook Islands one)


    Official CBS pre-game interview:

  • S25 logo Philippines bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Excerpts from his Survivor: Philippines bio page (8/22/12):


    "Personal Claim to Fame: My Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short Film for 'Down on the Waterfront' which I co-wrote and co-produced with my wife, and also co-starred with Jason Alexander and Edward Asner.


    Inspiration in Life: My kids. My daughter is hilarious and actually looks up to me, and my son is smarter and more athletic than I am already. Wanting to make them proud is why I always do my best.


    Pet Peeves: Stupidity, meanness and slow drivers in the passing lanes.


    If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? A good book to read, a blank book to write in and if I can count her as a thing, my wife. If not, I’ll bring a pen.


    Reason for Being on Survivor: The money. I have nothing more to prove or accomplish but winning.


    Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: Third time is a charm! If I can get past the first three or four votes I’m going all the way. Seriously!"


    From his pre-game interview, by Dalton Ross:

    "Jonathan Penner, also 50, did play the game without being evacuated back in Survivor: Cook Islands, but then in his second outing (Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs Favorites), he was forced out by an infected knee. As for his approach this time around, it involved lots of bulking up. 'I’ve been eating like a horse intentionally for this show,' Penner told before the game began. 'Some of these guys come out and they want to look all buffed out for the beginning of the show. I’m going to come out looking like a fat slob, because 39 days is a lot of weight to lose. If I lose a pound a day I’m going to be my fighting weight. I’ll be 170 pounds. Right now I’m coming in at a chart-topping 210 — chubby.'"


    Official CBS pre-game interview: