Jim Bannon

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Jim Bannon
Jim Bannon in trailer for Stagecoach Driver (1951)
Born James Shorttel Bannon
(1911-04-09)April 9, 1911
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Died July 28, 1984(1984-07-28) (aged 73)
Ventura, California, U.S.
Years active 1938–1965
Spouse(s) Bea Benaderet (1938–1950; divorced) 2 children
Barbara Cork (1961–1981; divorced)
Children Jack Bannon
Maggie Bannon Kilfoil (b. 1947)[1]

James Shorttel "Jim" Bannon (April 9, 1911 – July 28, 1984) was an actor in radio and Hollywood western films during the 1940s and 1950s. He is best remembered as the fourth cinema Red Ryder[2] from 1949 to 1950.


Bannon also appeared in numerous western television series, including Gene Autry's The Adventures of Champion, in twenty-six episodes in 1955 in the role of Sandy North, with child actor Barry Curtis (born 1943) as his nephew, Ricky North. He was cast twice on another Autry series, Annie Oakley, with Gail Davis. Late in 1956, Autry proposed a Flying A Productions television version of Red Ryder with Bannon in the starring role,[3] but the project never materialized.

In 1957, Bannon portrayed Sheriff Tynes on the syndicated Casey Jones, with Alan Hale, Jr. He was further cast in the episode "Attack" of Richard Carlson's syndicated Mackenzie's Raiders, set at Fort Clark, Texas, and in the 1958 segment "A Very Deadly Game" of NBC's western series, Jefferson Drum, starring Jeff Richards as a western newspaperman. That same year he was cast as Nate in the episode "Miss Pringle" of the NBC children's western series, Buckskin and as Warden Lane in the episode "A Fish Story" of the NBC children's western series, Fury. Bannon appeared in three episodes of ABC's The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Bannon attended Rockhurst High School and Rockhurst University. He was the first husband of American actress and comedian Bea Benaderet. They had two children Jack and Maggie. Their son, Jack Bannon, a brother-in-law of actor John Travolta, became an actor like his parents.

Partial filmography[edit]


Jim Bannon's autobiography is entitled The Son That Rose in the West.[6]


  1. ^ http://www.b-westerns.com/bannon2.htm
  2. ^ "Jim Bannon, As Red Ryder, Here In Person Thursday". The Daily Register. October 1, 1949. p. 1. Retrieved April 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ "Flying A to Film Ryder", The Billboard, November 3, 1956, p. 9
  4. ^ Chuck Anderson. "Jim Bannon". b-westerns.com. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  5. ^ I Love a Mystery (film)
  6. ^ Google Books

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