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[from a newspaper article in 1978] All people are asking for is "show me something new and different; be honest with me." And I believe very strongly in regional film. Hollywood is becoming very monotonous. I have ambivalent feelings toward Hollywood. There are not many films coming out of Hollywood that are serious or deal with real life. More often it's just the same old entertainment grind. ...
Changed name as a tribute to Arthur Penn, and Lt. Ross Pennel, from "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon". Battled alcoholism for much of his life, and at one time lived on the streets of Houston. Worked on the production crew of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre".