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Harry Bannister

Personal information
Birth dateSeptember 29, 1889
Place of birthHolland, Michigan, United States
Date of deathFebruary 26, 1961(age 71)
Death placeNew York City, United States
SpouseAnn Harding (1926 1932) (divorced) 1 daughter Leah Moskowitz Welt (1936 1961)

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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.

On television Bannister played one of the fathers in the 1953 Russel Crouse series Life with Father.

He died in Manhattan, New York City, at the age of 71.

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