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|Born||Reginald Horace Bannister
September 29, 1945
Long Beach, California
|Spouse(s)||Susan Harper (died 1987)
Gayle Bannister (1988–97)
Gigi Fast Elk Porter (September 29, 2001–present)
Reginald Horace "Reggie" Bannister (born September 29, 1945) is an American musician, actor, producer, writer, and activist. He is often referred to as "The Hardest Working Man in Horror".
Bannister is known for playing the shotgun-toting, ex-ice cream man Reggie, from writer/director Don Coscarelli's Phantasm series in which he starred alongside A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, and Angus Scrimm. Bannister has appeared in dozens of films and worked with such notables as Ossie Davis, Bruce Campbell, Ella Joyce, Daniel Roebuck, Andy Griffith, Joe Estevez and Andrew Divoff, and many others. Bannister has played many great roles from Reggie in the Phantasm series to Herb Tooklander in the latest Stephen King adaption of One for the Road.
And most recently, Bannister and his wife, Gigi, have collaborated with co-writer Shelby McIntyre and co-writer/director Vito Trabucco on the comedy/horror extravaganza Bloody Bloody Bible Camp. Also having great experience working with Sullivan on One for the Road, he had even asked Sullivan to co-produce and star in the film as the main villain, Sister Mary Chopper, which he accepted.
Along with co-producer Tim Sullivan and writer/director Paul Ward, he has also co-produced and starred in the short sequel to Salem's Lot, entitled One for the Road. This film stars Bannister, as well as Adam Robitel as Booth and Audrey Walters as Janey Lumley.
He composed the song "Have You Seen It" (used in Phantasm IV: Oblivion co-produced and recorded by Doug Agee at Alpha Sound Services, Geneva IL) and arranged "Sittin' Here at Midnight" with Bill Thornbury (used in Phantasm).
Bannister currently resides in Crestline, California, where he lives with his wife.
- Phantasm: Ravager (2016) – Reggie
- Bloody Bloody Bible Camp (2012) – Father Richard Cummings
- The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2012) - King Clayton
- Not Another B Movie (2011) – Umpire
- Primitive (2011) – Dr. Stein
- One for the Road (2011) – Herb Tooklander
- Carnies (2009) – Detective Conrad Ellison
- Walking Distance (2009) – Webber
- Satan Hates You (2009) (post-production) – Mickey
- Small Town Saturday Night (2008) – Victor
- The Quiet Ones (2008) – Mr. Martino
- Text (2008) – Reggie
- The Rage (2007) – Uncle Ben
- The Final Curtain (2007) – Gus
- Fallen Angels (2006)- Radar
- Last Rites (2006) – Mitchell
- The Mangler Reborn (2005)- Rick
- Journeyman (2005)- McFearson
- Cemetery Gates (2004) (post-production) – Belmont
- Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) – Care Home Administrator
- Up Against Amanda (2000) – Lead Guitar Ted
- Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) – Reggie
- Wishmaster (1997) – Pharmacist
- Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1993) – Reggie
- That Little Monster (1994) – Twelvetrees
- Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990) – Eli
- Survival Quest (1989) – Pilot
- Phantasm II (1988) – Reggie
- Phantasm (1979) – Reggie
- Jim the World's Greatest (1976) – O.D. Silengsly
- Kenny & Company (1976) – Donovan
- POV: An Actor's Insight (2009)
- Working with a Master: Don Coscarelli (2006)
- Phantasmagoria (2005) Documentary on Phantasm (V)
- Phantasmagorical Mystery Tour (2005) (V)
- Making of 'Bubba Ho-tep' (2004)