Ian Bannen

Ian Bannen

  • Highest Rated: 100% Defence of the Realm (Defense of the Realm) (1985)
  • Lowest Rated: 6% Ghost Dad (1990)
  • Birthday: Jun 29, 1928
  • Birthplace: Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
  • A respected character actor and occasional leading man of the stage, screen, and television, Scottish-born Ian Bannen acted in over 80 productions during his long career. Shortly after enrolling at Ratcliffe College, Bannen, who was born in Airdrie, Scotland, on June 29, 1918, made his first stage appearance at Dublin's Gate Theatre. A year after making his 1955 London theatrical debut, he entered films with A Private's Progress and Battle Hell. A prolific stage actor (with a special fondness for the works of Eugene O'Neill), Bannen nonetheless found time for quite a few impressive film characterizations. One of these, the cynical Crow in Flight of the Phoenix (1965), earned him an Academy Award nomination. His later screen assignments ranged from a cameo as a policeman in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982) to the irascible Grandfather George in John Boorman's Hope and Glory (1987) to a turn as Robert the Bruce's leprous father in Braveheart (1995). It was with the 1998 comedy Waking Ned Devine that Bannen earned some of his best notices, playing a loveably crafty Irishman. Sadly, Bannen's life was cut short the following year, as he died in an auto accident on November 3, 1999, near Loch Ness, Scotland. He was survived by his wife of 23 years, as well as a rich theatrical legacy that stretched over almost half a century.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

56% Taliesin Jones Actor 2002
No Score Yet Testimony of Taliesin Jones Billy 2000
No Score Yet Best Matt Busby 2000
No Score Yet To Walk With Lions Terence Adamson 1999
83% Waking Ned Devine Jackie O'Shea 1998
77% Braveheart The Leper 1995
No Score Yet Politician's Wife Actor 1995
No Score Yet A Pin for the Butterfly Actor 1994
No Score Yet Sound and the Silence Actor 1993
No Score Yet Blue Ice Actor 1993
78% Damage Edward Lloyd 1992
No Score Yet George's Island Captain Waters 1991
20% Crossing the Line Matt 1990
6% Ghost Dad Sir Edith Moser 1990
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception Otto Rosen 1990
No Score Yet The Lady and the Highwayman Christian Drysdale 1989
No Score Yet The Fifteen Streets Peter Bracken 1989
No Score Yet La Partita (The Gamble) Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Courier McGuigan 1988
95% Hope and Glory George 1987
No Score Yet Doomwatch Dr. Del Shaw 1987
No Score Yet Lamb Brother Benedict 1986
100% Defence of the Realm (Defense of the Realm) Dennis Markham 1985
78% Gorky Park Iamskoy 1983
No Score Yet The Prodigal Riley Wyndham 1983
84% Gandhi Sr. Police Officer 1982
No Score Yet Night Crossing Josef Keller 1982
81% Eye of the Needle Inspector Godliman 1981
48% The Watcher in the Woods John Keller 1981
100% Quel maledetto treno blindato (The Inglorious Bastards) Col. Charles Thomas Buckner 1978
No Score Yet Sweeney! Charles Baker 1977
No Score Yet The Driver's Seat Bill 1975
71% Bite the Bullet Norfolk 1975
No Score Yet The Gathering Storm Actor 1974
No Score Yet The Voyage Antonio Braggi 1974
No Score Yet Death in Deep Water Actor 1974
58% The MacKintosh Man Slade 1973
71% The Offence Baxter 1973
No Score Yet From Beyond the Grave Christopher Lowe 1973
No Score Yet Fright Brian 1972
No Score Yet Fright (I'm Alone and I'm Scared) (Night Legs) Actor 1971
No Score Yet Jane Eyre St. John Rivers 1971
No Score Yet Deserter Crawford 1971
57% Too Late the Hero Pvt. Thornton 1970
No Score Yet Penelope James B. Elcott 1966
90% The Flight of the Phoenix Crow 1965
100% The Hill Sgt. Charlie Harris 1965
No Score Yet Mister Moses Robert 1965
No Score Yet Rotten to the Core Actor 1965
No Score Yet Psyche 59 Paul 1964
No Score Yet Station Six---Sahara Fletcher 1964
No Score Yet Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (Man in a Cocked Hat) Young King 1960
No Score Yet A Tale of Two Cities Gabelle 1958
No Score Yet Miracle in Soho Filippo Gozzi 1957
No Score Yet Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (Battle Hell) Bannister 1957
No Score Yet Private's Progress Pvt. Horrocks 1956
No Score Yet Third Key Workman 1956

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

71% Glee
2009-2015
Screenwriter
  • 2011
No Score Yet Ashenden
1991
"R"
  • 1992
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Utterson
  • 1981
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Hubert Stout
100% Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
1979
Prideaux

QUOTES FROM Ian Bannen CHARACTERS

Robert the Bruce
I have nothing. Men fight for me because if they do not, I throw them off my land and I starve their wives and their children. Those men who bled the ground red at Falkirk, they fought for William Wallace, and he fights for something that I never had. And I took it from him, when I betrayed him. I saw it in his face on the battlefield and it's tearing me apart.
Robert the Bruce's leprous father
All men betray. All lose heart.
Robert the Bruce
I don't wanna lose heart. I wanna believe as he does.