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Dark Shadows Characters:
Jeb Hawkes, Cyrus Longworth, Gabriel Collins, John Yaeger, Sebastian Shaw
Appeared in: 126 episodes
First episode: # 935, January 23, 1970
Last episode: # 1237, March 23, 1971
In 1970, as the disastrous Leviathan storyline was being implemented on DS, Christopher Pennock auditioned for the part of Collinsport Antique Shop owner Philip Todd. That role went to Chris Bernau, but Chris was soon cast in a more important role-as Jeb Hawkes, Philip's foster son and the leader of the mysterious Leviathans. (Jeb even succeeded where countless previous characters had fallen short-he got Carolyn Stoddard (Nancy Barrett) to the altar.)
Chris caught the eye of Dark Shadows casting directors while on Broadway in A Patriot For Me. Like many of his DS castmates, he had found stage work fairly quickly after graduating from New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
He remained on DS through its final storyline, playing a variety of characters, including the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-inspired dual role of Cyrus Longworth and John Yaeger. His wife, Marilyn Joseph, played a small part on one episode of the show-as a hooker murdered by Yaeger. (They had met while co-starring in A Patriot For Me.)
In 1970, Chris returned to Broadway in Abelard and Heloise. His other stage credits include It's a Man's World (1985, Los Angeles), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976-77, Minneapolis).
Chris appeared in the NBC soap Somerset as Dana Moore (1972-73), as Mitch Williams on General Hospital (1978-80), and as Dr. Justin Marler on Guiding Light (1990-91). He had smaller roles on The Young and The Restless and Days of Our Lives.
He played Angelique's wronged husband in Night of Dark Shadows in 1971. His other film credits include California Suite (1979) and Frances (1980), in which he played another trampled-on husband, this time opposite Jessica Lange.
Chris' TV appearances have included roles on Dynasty, Knotts Landing, Riptide, Nine to Five, and Cagney and Lacey.
Throughout his life Chris has found other ways, besides acting, to express himself creatively. At the age of 5 he won the Milton Bradley National Crayon Art Competition. Decades later, in 1998, he drew and self-published a comic book called Fear and Loathing on Dark Shadows, a crudely drawn depiction of his childhood, early struggles in New York, and initial experiences on the set of Dark Shadows. He has followed that with additional volumes.
Chris and his second wife, Lynn, who is also an actress, live and work in California. They attend the annual Dark Shadows Festivals.
DAYTIME TV: Guiding Light (Dr. Justin Marler, 1990-91), The Young and the Restless (1978; 1986), Days of Our Lives (juror, 1978), General Hospital (Mitch Williams, 1978-80), Somerset (Dana Moore, 1972-73).
PRIMETIME TV: Knots Landing (college professor, 1990), High Mountain Rangers (1988), Simon and Simon (1988), Hotel (1988), Riptide (1986), Dynasty, Love Boat (Roy, 1981), Strike Force (Shank), Tucker's Witch (Kopchek), Nine to Five (ambulance driver), Cagney and Lacey (Dortmunder).
TV FILMS: The Women's Room (Harley, 1980), Moonlight (Bob Smith, 1982).
TV COMMERCIALS: Suzuki, MacDonald's, Toyota, Honeywell (1986), Lawnboy (1982), Swanson's Chunk Chicken, Jordache Jeans (1981), Honda, Dentyne, Walker Scott, Faberge's Babe, American Motors Eagle, Kellogg's Raisin Bran.
SCREEN: Caged in Paradisio (direct to video, 1989), Frances (1982), California Suite (1979), The Great Texas Dynamite Chase, aka Dynamite Women (1976), City of Fear, aka Fear in the City (1981).
THEATER: It's a Man's World (1985, L.A.), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976-77, Minneapolis), The Philadelphia Story, Marat/Sade, Lion in Winter, Royal Hunt of the Sun, Macbeth (Malcolm).
AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 1966-67.
BROADWAY: Abelard and Heloise (Jehan, 1970-71), A Patriot for Me (Paul, 1969-70).