Collins Pennie
Collins Pennie
Character Eli James
Season(s) 2
Date of Birth June 20, 1985
Birthplace Brooklyn, New York, USA
IMDb profile

Collins Pennie is an American actor (born June 20, 1985) from Fort Greene Brooklyn, New York and Is of Trinidadian descent. Collins is best known for his roles in Prom Night as Ronnie Heflin, In Time as Time Keeper Jaeger and TNT's Hawthorne as Marcus Leeds. Collins has also starred in films Fame and Stomp The Yard Homecoming.

Personal lifeEdit

Collins was born In Fort Greene Brooklyn, New York. He is of Trinidadian descent.


Born in Brooklyn, New York, Collins began his career with roles on both NBC's hit drama "Law & Order" as well as playing a drug-addicted thief on "Without a Trace." His television work quickly caught the eye of Ford Model Management, who signed Collins, consequently leading him to the successful "ck one" fragrance campaign for Calvin Klein. Collins currently resides in Los Angeles, New York & Atlanta. While not on camera Collins spends most of his time dancing, writing and mastering his many crafts. Collins hit the stage in the summer of 2010 where he appeared in Rent with actors Neil Patrick Harris and Wayne Brady, performing in a three-day limited engagement at the Hollywood Bowl. Collins' prolific dance moves also landed him the lead male role in Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)" video, which was released May 18, 2011. Collins has also kept busy on the silver screen, appearing in Ryan Fleck's award winning film Half Nelson (2007), opposite Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps. In addition, Collins has lead roles in Prom Night (2008) and the musical Fame (2009), an adaptation of the 1980 cult-classic. For 2010, Collins was the lead man in Stomp the Yard Home-Coming where he played Chance Harris, a college student struggling to balance between his school, work, relationships and opportunity to perform in the national step competition. Most recently on the small screen, Collins starred on the hit series hospital drama Hawthorne, where he worked along side with Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Vartan. He also recently appeared on the silver screen in the Fox Feature film In-Time, starring opposite Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy. In early 2013 Collins will be making his return to television in Regina Kings directorial debut Let The Church Say Amen. The film is based on ReShonda Tate Billingley’s 2005 novel of the same name. Royal Ties, the company King runs with her sister Reina King will produce this film for BET Networks alongside Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit Company.


In 2004, Pennie made his television debut on the long running NBC crime-drama Law & Order. He has since starred on other television shows such as Without a Trace, and currently plays Marcus Leeds in the hospital drama Hawthorne.


Pennie has appeared in Half Nelson (2007), the 2008 version of Prom Night, and the musical Fame, an adaptation of the 1980 [cult-classic]. In 2010, he was the lead role in Stomp the Yard 2. In 2011, he appeared in the film In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. In September 2012, Pennie will star in actress Regina King's directorial debut Let The Church Say Amen which is adapted from ReShonda Tate Billingsley's 2005 best-selling novel. The film will premiered on BET in 2013.

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