Teller

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Magician • Comedian • Writer

Birth Date: February 14, 1948

Age: 76 years old

Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Teller is known primarily as a magician and illusionist, with an enduring screen and stage career alongside his partner Penn Jillette as Penn & Teller. Friends and performing partners since 1974, their relationship as Penn & Teller was solidified in 1981 and the pair worked steadily thereafter. Along with regular appearances performing magic tricks and illusions on late-night talk shows, Penn and Teller's projects included a fictional feature - the last film by renowned director Arthur Penn - called "Penn & Teller Get Killed" (1989), as well as the documentary series "Penn & Teller's Magical Mystery Tour" (CBC/Channel 4 2013), and the long-running "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!" (Showtime 2003-2010), in which the pair debunked popular myths in the style of one of their idols, magician and skeptic James Randi. The pair also guested in a number of series, in character or as themselves, including "Babylon 5" (Syndicated 1994-98), "The West Wing" (NBC 1999-2006) and "The Simpsons" (Fox 1989- ). Their appearances on the last show mark one of the few times Teller ever spoke while in character; on stage, the diminutive illusionist remained mute, relying on facial expressions and movement while his taller partner handled all the stage patter. Born Raymond Joseph Teller in Philadelphia in 1948, he legally changed his name to simply Teller as an adult. His behind-the-scenes work included writing an off-Broadway stage show for fellow magician Todd Robbins, "Play Dead" (2010). In 2014, Teller directed the documentary "Tim's Vermeer," a film about inventor Tim Jenison's fascination with and attempts to replicate the work of Dutch Old Master Johannes Vermeer.

Credits

Guy's Ultimate Game NightStream

Guest
Reality
2022

Penn & Teller: Try This at Home Too

Actor
Show
2020

Penn & Teller: Try This at Home Too

Executive Producer
Show
2020

Penn & Teller: Try This at Home

Actor
Show
2020

Penn & Teller: Try This at Home

Executive Producer
Show
2020

Penn & Teller: April Fool Us Day

Executive Producer
Show
2018

Penn & Teller: April Fool Us Day

Judge
Show
2018

Life Hacks for Kids: On the Road

Guest Star
Show
2018

Paul Daniels: My Life in Magic

Guest
Show
2017

Young SheldonStream

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Pus
Series
2017

Director's Cut

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Rudy Nelson
Movie
2016

At Midnight With Chris HardwickStream

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Game Show
2015

Mat Franco's Got Magic

Self
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2015

I Can Do That

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Reality
2015

Wizard Wars

Executive Producer
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2014

Wizard Wars

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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Talk
2014

Whose Line Is It Anyway?Stream

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Series
2013

All-Star Celebrity Apprentice

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Show
2013

Tim's VermeerStream

Director
Movie
2013
90%

Tim's VermeerStream

Executive Producer
Movie
2013
90%

Tim's VermeerStream

Screenwriter
Movie
2013
90%

Home & Family

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Talk
2012

Play Dead

Executive Producer
Movie
2012

Play Dead

Screenwriter
Movie
2012

Penn & Teller Tell a Lie

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Show
2011

Penn & Teller: Fool UsStream

Executive Producer
Reality
2011

Penn & Teller: Fool UsStream

Judge
Reality
2011

Dracula's Daughters vs. the Space Brains

Screenwriter
Movie
2010

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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Talk
2009

Free Radio

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Show
2008

The Big Bang TheoryStream

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Mr. Fowler
Series
2007
81%

etalk

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Show
2006

Listen Up

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Series
2004
9%

Tavis Smiley

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Talk
2004

Nostradamus: 500 Years Later

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Show
2003

Last Comic Standing

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Reality
2003

Penn & Teller: BS!

Actor
Show
2003

Penn & Teller: Bulls...!

Screenwriter
Show
2003

Penn & Teller: Bulls...!

Self
Show
2003

Last Call With Carson Daly

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Talk
2002

The West WingStream

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Himself
Series
1999
81%

Fantasia 2000

Voice
Host (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Movie
1999

Dharma & Greg

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Series
1997

Sabrina the Teenage WitchStream

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Series
1996

Muppets Tonight

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Series
1996

The Drew Carey ShowStream

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Series
1995

The Fantasticks

Actor
Mortimer
Movie
1995

Car 54, Where Are You?

Actor
Luther No. 2
Movie
1994

Home ImprovementStream

Guest Star
Series
1991

The SimpsonsStream

Guest Voice
Himself
Series
1989
85%

Penn & Teller Get Killed

Actor
Himself
Show
1989

Penn & Teller Get Killed

Self
Movie
1989

Long Gone

Actor
Hale Buchman, Jr.
Movie
1987

Para Curvas mi Chofer

Actor
Movie
1986

Miami ViceStream

Guest Star
Ralph Fisher
Series
1984
71%

CBS News Sunday MorningStream

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News
1979

News aboutTeller