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Ian Bannen



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Small Miracles
  • Actor
2004
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
78% 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 Blue Ice
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Sound and the Silence
  • Actor
1993
80% Damage
  • Edward Lloyd
1992
No Score Yet George's Island
  • Captain Waters
1991
No Score Yet Psychotic
  • Actor
1991
20% Crossing the Line
  • Matt
1990
7% 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
94% 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
88% Gandhi
  • Sr. Police Officer
1982
No Score Yet Night Crossing
  • Josef Keller
1982
85% Eye of the Needle
  • Inspector Godliman
1981
43% 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 Death in Deep Water
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet The Voyage
  • Antonio Braggi
1974
50% 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
73% 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 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
No Score Yet Treaty
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Hubert Stout
70% Glee
2009-2015
  • Screenwriter

Quotes from Ian Bannen's Characters