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  • Ian Bannen

    Born on June 29, 1928 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland

awards & nominations

Waking Ned Devine (1998)

Ian Bannen as "Jackie O'Shea"

When best friends Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly) discover someone in their small Irish village has won the lottery, they immediately set off to see if the winner is in a sharing mood. Deducing that Ned Devine is the lucky man, O'Shea and O'Sullivan pay him a visit, only to find him dead from shock. Since Devine is the only one who can claim the prize, the townsfolk band together to convince the claim inspector that O'Sullivan is really Devine, and split the cash.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Hope and Glory (1987)

Ian Bannen as "Grandfather George"

Director John Boorman drew from his own childhood experiences for this touching coming-of-age tale about a boy growing up in and around London during World War II. For young Billy Rowan (Sebastian Rice Edwards), the nightly bombings provide a frightening show, but they include opportunities to rummage through the rubble with friends in the mornings. As Billy plays, his family struggles to remain intact as they suffer through the anguish and losses of wartime.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1987) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role

The Offence (1973)

Ian Bannen as "Kenneth Baxter"

A veteran British police inspector, Sgt. Johnson (Sean Connery), has grown increasingly disturbed by the rapes and murders he has investigated over the years. When he finds a young girl in the woods who has been raped, police begin searching for a suspect. When Kenneth Baxter (Ian Bannen) is brought in for questioning, Johnson snaps, beating him during an unauthorized interrogation. Lt. Cartwright (Trevor Howard) is then brought in to interview him about the incident.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973) Nominated Supporting Actor

The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

Ian Bannen as "Crow"

Tense tale about a group of men who are left stranded in the middle of the Arabian desert after a plane crash. Their only hope of survival is to rebuild the craft so that, phoenix-like, she may fly again and carry them to safety, but can the captain and navigator calm the passengers as tension mounts and time starts to run out?

Academy Award (1965) Nominated Best Supporting Actor

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