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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 »

Known For

Waking Ned Devine
Waking Ned Devine Jackie O'Shea
(1998)
Braveheart
Braveheart The Leper
(1995)
The Offence
The Offence Kenneth Baxter
(1973)

Filmography

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 2000 Taliesin Jones
Billy Evans
 2000 Best
Sir Matt Busby
 1999 To Walk with Lions
Terence Adamson
 1998 Waking Ned Devine
Jackie O'Shea
 1998 Something to Believe In
Don Pozzi
 1997 Original Sin (TV Mini-Series)
Gabriel Dauntsey
- Episode #1.3 (1997) ... Gabriel Dauntsey
- Episode #1.2 (1997) ... Gabriel Dauntsey
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... Gabriel Dauntsey
 1993-1996 Doctor Finlay (TV Series)
Dr. Alexander Cameron
- Snowblind (1996) ... Dr. Alexander Cameron
- Still Waters (1996) ... Dr. Alexander Cameron
- The Life of Men (1996) ... Dr. Alexander Cameron
- Mercury (1996) ... Dr. Alexander Cameron
- A Simple Operation (1996) ... Dr. Alexander Cameron
 1996 Dead Sea Reels (Short)
Father Jim McKenzie
 1995 The Politician's Wife (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Donald Frazier
- Body Politic (1995) ... Sir Donald Frazier
- Echo Chamber (1995) ... Sir Donald Frazier
- Stand by Him (1995) ... Sir Donald Frazier
 1995 Braveheart
The Leper
 1991-1994 Performance (TV Series)
Provost / Prof. Serebryakov
- Measure for Measure (1994) ... Provost
- Uncle Vanya (1991) ... Prof. Serebryakov
 1994 A Pin for the Butterfly
Grandpa
 1992 Damage
Edward Lloyd
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
Hubert Stout
- Common Pursuit (1992) ... Hubert Stout
 1991 Ashenden (TV Mini-Series)
'R'
- The Hairless Mexican (1991) ... 'R'
- Mr Harrington's Washing (1991) ... 'R'
- The Traitor (1991) ... 'R'
- The Dark Woman (1991) ... 'R'
 1991 The Treaty (TV Movie)
David Lloyd George
 1991 Screenplay (TV Series)
Mattie Muldoon
- Arise and Go Now (1991) ... Mattie Muldoon
 1991 Murder in Eden (TV Mini-Series)
Canon Loftus
- Episode #1.3 (1991) ... Canon Loftus
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Canon Loftus
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Canon Loftus
 1991 Speaking of the Devil
Lucifer
 1990 Crossing the Line
Matt Mason
 1990 Ghost Dad
Sir Edith Moser
 1989 The Fifteen Streets (TV Movie)
Peter Bracken
 1989 Circles in a Forest
MacDonald
 1989 George's Island
Captain Waters
 1989 Superstition 2
Father Matthew
 1989 The Lady and the Highwayman (TV Movie)
Christian Drysdale
 1988 The Courier
McGuigan
 1988 The Gamble
Father of Francesco
 1988 The Ray Bradbury Theater (TV Series)
The Ghastly Passenger
- On the Orient, North (1988) ... The Ghastly Passenger
 1988 Bookie (TV Series)
Jack Cowan
- Deep Water (1988) ... Jack Cowan
- Trial Run (1988) ... Jack Cowan
 1987 Hope and Glory
Grandfather George
 1987 Tickets for the Titanic (TV Series)
Inspector Crocker
- The Way, the Truth, the Video (1987) ... Inspector Crocker
 1986 Attentato al Papa (TV Mini-Series)
 1986 Defense of the Realm
Dennis Markham
 1985 Lamb
Brother Benedict
 1983 Gorky Park
Iamskoy
 1983 The Prodigal
Riley Wyndham
 1983 The Hard Word (TV Series)
David Wood
- Life Isn't Like Pictures (1983) ... David Wood
- Box B Monday (1983) ... David Wood
 1983 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Winston Davenport
- Hunted Harts (1983) ... Winston Davenport
 1982 Gandhi
Senior Police Officer
 1982 Cousin Phillis (TV Series)
Reverend Ebenezer Holman
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Reverend Ebenezer Holman
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Reverend Ebenezer Holman
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... Reverend Ebenezer Holman
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Reverend Ebenezer Holman
 1982 Night Crossing
Josef Keller
 1981 Eye of the Needle
Godliman
 1980 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie)
Oliver Utterson
 1980 The Watcher in the Woods
John Keller
 1979 Un'ombra nell'ombra
The Professor
 1979 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (TV Mini-Series)
Jim Prideaux
- Flushing Out the Mole (1979) ... Jim Prideaux
- Smiley Sets a Trap (1979) ... Jim Prideaux
- Tinker Tailor (1979) ... Jim Prideaux
- Return to the Circus (1979) ... Jim Prideaux
 1979 Spooner's Patch (TV Series)
 1978 The Inglorious Bastards
Col. Charles Thomas Buckner
 1977 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Grey
- It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (1977) ... Grey
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
Amos
- Part 2 (1977) ... Amos
- Part 1 (1977) ... Amos
 1977 Sweeney!
Charles Baker
 1976 Chicken (TV Movie)
Keith Morse
 1975 Thriller (TV Series)
Doonan (3) / Frank Dean
- Death in Deep Water (1975) ... Doonan (3)
- Terror from Within (1975) ... Frank Dean
 1975 Bite the Bullet
Sir Harry Norfolk
 1974 The Gathering Storm (TV Movie)
Adolf Hitler
 1974 The Driver's Seat
Bill
 1974 The Voyage
Antonio Braggi
 1974 From Beyond the Grave
Christopher Lowe (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")
 1973 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Gregory Dean
- Battle of Wits (1973) ... Gregory Dean
 1973 The MacKintosh Man
Slade
 1973 The Offence
Kenneth Baxter
 1972 Doomwatch
Dr. Del Shaw
 1971 Fright
Brian
 1971 The Devil's Backbone
British Army Capt. Crawford
 1971 Shadows of Fear (TV Series)
Robert
 1970 Jane Eyre (TV Movie)
St. John Rivers
 1970 Too Late the Hero
Pvt. Jock Thornton
 1969 Lock Up Your Daughters!
Ramble
 1968 The Sex Game (TV Series)
- Return Match (1968)
 1967 Johnny Belinda (TV Movie)
Dr. Jack Richardson
 1956-1967 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Bernard Thompson / Fred Curtis / Cdr. John Tarlton / ...
- The Floating Population (1967) ... Bernard Thompson
- The Blood Knot (1963)
- The Big Client (1959) ... Fred Curtis
- Wolf Pack (1958) ... Cdr. John Tarlton
- Tears in the Wind (1956) ... John
 1966 Penelope
James B. Elcott
 1965 Rotten to the Core
Lt. Percy Vine
 1965 The Hill
Harris
 1965 Mister Moses
Robert
 1964 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Mike Silver
- Drama '64: The Trouble with England (1964) ... Mike Silver
 1964 Psyche 59
Paul
 1963 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Bernard
- Comrades in Arms (1963) ... Bernard
 1963 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
Rab Cunningham
- Alice, Where Art Thou? (1963) ... Rab Cunningham
 1963 The Human Jungle (TV Series)
Mike Barclay
- Over and Out (1963) ... Mike Barclay
 1963 Station Six-Sahara
Fletcher
 1961 The World in My Pocket
Kitson
 1960/III Macbeth (TV Movie)
Macduff
 1960 The Risk
Alan Andrews
 1960 A French Mistress
Colin Crane The Headmaster's Son
 1960 Rendezvous (TV Series)
Hugo Sistel
- Two Per Cent Inspiration (1960) ... Hugo Sistel
 1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Charlie Spencer
- A Leap in the Dark (1960) ... Charlie Spencer
 1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Dick Swiveller
- The Small Servant (1960) ... Dick Swiveller
 1959 Man in a Cocked Hat
Young King Loris
 1958 Behind the Mask
Alan Crabtree
 1958 She Didn't Say No!
Peter Howard
 1958 A Tale of Two Cities
Gabelle
 1957 The Birthday Present
Jr. Customs Officer
 1957 Miracle in Soho
Filippo Gozzi
 1957 Battle Hell
AB Bannister RN
 1956 The Count of Monte Cristo (TV Series)
Felipe
- Majorca (1956) ... Felipe
 1956 The Third Key
The Young Workman - Stanley James
 1956 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Sir Walter Donnington
- The May Queen (1956) ... Sir Walter Donnington
 1956 Private's Progress
Private Horrocks
 1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Peter Makepeace / Piers
- The Makepeace Story #3: Family Business (1955) ... Peter Makepeace
 1955 The Whiteoak Chronicles: Whiteoaks (TV Movie)
Piers Whiteoak
 1955 The Dark Avenger
French Knight (uncredited)
 1951 Pool of London
Garage attendant (uncredited)
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He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Romeo and Juliet" in the Royal Shakespeare Company production in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Brian Murray, Dorothy Tutin, Edith Evans, Peter McEnery, and Max Adrian in the cast. Peter Hall was director. See more »

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Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Director John Schlesinger cast him as a replacement for Alan Bates in the part of well-off homosexual doctor Daniel Hirsh in his controversial film Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), after Bates was deemed unavailable to shoot. According to screenwriter Penelope Gilliatt, Bannen never felt comfortable with the part; she speculated that he was flustered by the fact that he would have to kiss male actor ... See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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