Famous television star just died surrounded by friends and family. He was a legend…
He is the actor that starred on the TV series “Lou Grant.” Jack Bannon has died at the age of 77, according to The Spokesman-Review.
Many of you may remember Bannon from playing that assistant city editor Art Donovan on the Emmy-winning TV series “Lou Grant.” He was a part of the show from 1977 – 1982.
“Lou Grant” was actually a spinoff series of the popular sitcom “Mary Tyler Moore.” Featuring Ed Asner as the grumpy newspaper editor who relocates from Minneapolis to Los Angeles.
Acting was something that ran in the family when it came to Bannon. In fact, both of his parents were both actors.
Jim Bannon, his father, starred as the Red Ryder in the last four “Red Ryder” movies. His mother Bea Benaderet was on television sitcoms in the 1950s and 1960s.
More regularly you would have seen her on“The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.” She starred as Kate Bradley on “Petticoat Junction.” Bea was also the voice of Betty Rubble on “The Flintstones.
Unlike many, Jack was actually able to star on “Petticoat Junction” with his mother. Some other shows he appeared on include “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Barney Miller,” and “Charlie’s Angels.”
Actor Cheyenne Jackson, star of “American Horror Story” and “United 93,” released a statement on his experience working with Bannon in Summer theater.
“I have such fond memories of working with Jack on a few different occasions,” Jackson said in a statement. “He had a wonderful ease and confidence about him. And he made you feel comfortable in the world and was the epitome of a gentleman.”
He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Travolta Bannon; stepchildren Molly Allen and Tom Fridley; sister Maggie Fuller and her husband, Clark Fuller; and two nieces and a nephew.
Prayers for the family during this time.