September 29, 1889|
Holland, Michigan, United States
|Died||February 26, 1961
New York City, United States
|Years active||Stage 1920–1954
Ann Harding (1926–1932) (divorced) 1 daughterLeah Moskowitz Welt (1936–1961) 1 daughter
Harry Bannister (September 29, 1889 – February 26, 1961) was an American stage, film and television actor, and theater producer and director.
Born in Holland, Michigan, Bannister began acting in movies and on Broadway in the 1920s. He married the actress Ann Harding in 1926, and appeared with her in two films, Her Private Affair (1929) and The Girl of the Golden West (1930). The two of them also were prominent actors in Pittsburgh theatre, appearing in productions with the Sharp Company and later starting the Nixon Players. They were divorced in 1932.
Bannister founded the American Music Hall Theatre Group in New York City. Its first production, a melodrama entitled The Drunkard, ran for 277 performances. He appeared regularly on Broadway in the 1950s, starring, opposite Celeste Holm, in Affairs of State and in Love Me Long with Shirley Booth.
He died in Manhattan, New York City, at the age of 71.
- Harry Bannister at the Internet Broadway Database
- Harry Bannister at the Internet Movie Database
- Harry Bannister at AllMovie
- Conner, Lynne (2007). Pittsburgh In Stages: Two Hundred Years of Theater. University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 105-106. ISBN 978-0-8229-4330-3. Retrieved 2011-06-06.
- The New York Times, February 27, 1961: "Harry Bannister Is Dead at 72"