It pains me to type those words, as I’d gotten to know Chris these past few years. Though we’d never met in person, we interacted regularly over the trusty ol’ Internet. That makes the loss even keener, its cutting edge even sharper, its bite deeper. So often when I write these tributes I must by necessity stick to the honoree’s professional credentials. In this case I can speak from firsthand knowledge. Chris Pennock was a wonderful man. He radiated light in this dark world, kindness, humaneness. His loss truly does make the world a lesser place. I sure will miss him.
Professionally, Chris had a long and busy career, but he’ll always be known foremost to us genre fans for the multiple roles he played on DARK SHADOWS. In a show where the acing was not always of the highest order (as much as I love the show and as wonderful as it is, as good as it was consistently, we have to acknowledge its minor shortcomings, too, and every once in a while they’d cast an actor for a bit role who wasn’t exactly Laurence Olivier), Christopher Pennock stood out. The guy was flat-out good. He portrayed numerous roles on the show, yet never played any two roles the same way twice. Each stood out as unique due to his ability. I got to tell him that once. It makes me happy that I did, as I like to think it made him feel good.
Godspeed, good sir. Until we meet again beyond the rainbow.