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Ian Bannen (1928–1999)

Scottish character actor and occasional leading man who enlivened scores of fine films in Britain and America. His father was a lawyer in a small town in Lanarkshire. Bannen served in the army and attended Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire. His first acting role came in a 1947 Dublin production of "Armlet of Jade". He became a successful figure on ... See full bio »

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 2000 Taliesin Jones
Billy Evans
 1999 To Walk with Lions
Terence Adamson
 1998 Something to Believe In
Don Pozzi
 1994 A Pin for the Butterfly
 1992 Damage
Edward Lloyd
 1989 Circles in a Forest
 1989 George's Island
Captain Waters
 1989 Superstition 2
Father Matthew
 1988 The Courier
 1988 The Gamble
Father of Francesco
 1986 Defense of the Realm
Dennis Markham
 1985 Lamb
Brother Benedict
 1983 The Prodigal
Riley Wyndham
 1982 Gandhi
Senior Police Officer
 1982 Night Crossing
Josef Keller
 1980 The Watcher in the Woods
John Keller
 1979 Ring of Darkness
The Professor
 1978 The Inglorious Bastards
Col. Charles Thomas Buckner
 1977 Sweeney!
Charles Baker
 1974 The Driver's Seat
 1974 The Voyage
Antonio Braggi
 1974 From Beyond the Grave
Christopher Lowe (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")
 1973 The MacKintosh Man
 1973 The Offence
Kenneth Baxter
 1972 Doomwatch
Dr. Shaw
 1971 Fright
 1971 The Devil's Backbone
British Army Capt. Crawford
 1970 Too Late the Hero
Pvt. Jock Thornton
 1969 Lock Up Your Daughters!
 1966 Penelope
James B. Elcott
 1965 Rotten to the Core
Lt. Percy Vine
 1965 Mister Moses
 1965 The Hill
 1964 Psyche 59
 1963 Station Six-Sahara
 1961 The World in My Pocket
 1960 The Risk
Alan Andrews
 1960 A French Mistress
Colin Crane The Headmaster's Son
 1959 Man in a Cocked Hat
Young King Loris
 1958 Behind the Mask
Alan Crabtree
 1958 She Didn't Say No!
Peter Howard
 1957 The Birthday Present
Junior customs Officer
 1957 Miracle in Soho
Filippo Gozzi
 1957 Battle Hell
AB Bannister RN
 1956 The Third Key
The Young Workman
 1956 Private's Progress
Private Horrocks
 1955 The Dark Avenger
French Knight (uncredited)
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He acted in Arthur Miller's play, "A View from the Bridge," at the Comedy Theatre in London, England with Anthony Quayle, Mary Ure, Megs Jenkins, Michael Gwynn, Richard Harris, and Brian Bedford in the cast. Peter Brook was director. See more »

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6' 1" (1.85 m)

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He died in a car accident in 1999 while a passenger in a car driven by his wife, Marilyn. Coincidentally, Bannen originally met his wife back in 1976 when she parked her old van in his reserved parking space and was unable to get it started. See more »

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