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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Braveheart The Leper
Waking Ned Devine
Waking Ned Devine Jackie O'Shea
Gandhi Senior Police Officer
The Hill
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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
 1990 Crossing the Line
Matt Mason
 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. Del 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 William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet" in the Royal Shakespeare Company production in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Geraldine McEwan, Noel Willman, and Elizabeth Sellars in the cast. Peter Wood was director. See more »

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In the 1950s, he proposed marriage to Maggie Smith, but insisted that she would have to convert to Roman Catholicism before the wedding. She declined both suggestions. See more »

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