‘Forrest Gump,’ ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ Actor Dead At 87

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At a glance

  • Bob Penny, an Alabama college professor and actor who had small roles in movies including “Forrest Gump” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” has died at age 87.
  • Penny died on Christmas Day, according to an obituary from Laughlin Service Funeral Home in Huntsville. No cause of death was given.
  • Born in Anniston in 1935, Penny was a poet who spent three decades as an English professor, mostly teaching poetry and prose at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL.com reported.

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