Bannon in 1977
John James Bannon|
June 14, 1940
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
October 25, 2017 (aged 77)|
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Santa Barbara|
(m. 1969; div. 1973)
(m. 1983; his death 2017)
John James Bannon (June 14, 1940 – October 25, 2017) was an American television and stage actor, known as Jack Bannon. He was best known for his role as Art Donovan on Lou Grant, a role he played for the duration of the series, from 1977 to 1982.
At age 24, Bannon began working as a dialog coach on Petticoat Junction. In 1963, he appeared in the Season 1 episode "Kate's Recipe For Hot Rhubarb" of the series as Bobbie Joe's date, Roger. In 1969, Bannon was seen again on Petticoat Junction (after his mother died in 1968) appearing as "Buck" in the episode "One of Our Chickens Is Missing".
Bannon portrayed Buck Williams in the ABC drama Trauma Center (1983). He also appeared in other television series of the 1960s and 1970s, including The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Daniel Boone, Kojak, The Rockford Files, and Charlie's Angels.
Bannon's signature role was that of Art Donovan on Lou Grant. Bannon's obituary in The Hollywood Reporter described the character as an "amiable assistant editor" of the fictional Los Angeles Tribune newspaper. The actor appeared in all 114 episodes of the series.
The actor's film career included What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969), Little Big Man (1970), and Death Warrant (1990). On stage, he acted for 20 years in the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre company.
Bannon died on October 25, 2017, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, from cancer at the age of 77. He was survived by his wife, Ellen Travolta, an actress and elder sister of John Travolta, a sister, and two stepchildren.
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