Ian Bannen Overview:

Character actor, Ian Bannen, was born on Jun 29, 1928 in Airdrie, Scotland. Bannen died at the age of 71 on Nov 3, 1999 in Knockies Straight, Scotland .


Black-haired Scottish actor who began his career in gentle roles, largely in comedy, but developed in the mid-1960s into an abrasive character star, fiercely portraying a series of single-minded and even psychotic men. He continued to impress when asked to express sourness and criticism. An Oscar nominee for The Flight of the Phoenix, he was killed in a car crash.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



Although Bannen was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1965Best Supporting ActorThe Flight of the Phoenix (1965)CrowNominated

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Cast as Miller in Force 10 from Navarone (1978) but left the production because of a clash with the producer, and was replaced by Edward Fox.

He was awarded the 1981 London Critics Circle Awards (Drama Theatre Awards) for Best Supporting Actor of 1980 for his performance in "Translations".

Friend of Richard Harris and Peter O'Toole.

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