He acted in Pat Wallace and Guy Bolton's play, "The Sun Never Sets," at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London, England with Edna Best, Todd Duncan, Adelaide Hall, Stewart Granger, Henry Oscar, Mackenzie Ward, Frank Cochrane, Shelagh Furley, Wally Patch, and Charles Farrell in the cast. Basil Dean was director.
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He suffered an injury in World War I that resulted in extensive scarring of one side of his face, and effectively disqualified him from many leading roles that required handsome actors. Banks made good use of his disability, however, presenting primarily the uninjured half of his face to the camera when playing kinder roles, and more of the scarred side when playing menacing characters.