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Date Posted: Sunday, October 14, 11:39:14am
In reply to: Her husband died getting ready for her funeral 's message, "Archive: Bea Benederet, Oct.13, 1968" on Sunday, October 14, 08:08:03am

American television and stage actor, known as Jack Bannon, and was best known for his role as
'Art Donovan' on TV's "Lou Gran"t, a role he played for the duration of the series, from 1977 to 1982. ...

Jack Bannon
[John James Bannon ]
(June 14, 1940 October 25, 2017)

Bannon's parents were actors Jim Bannon and Bea Benaderet.

He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1963. 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 dAlene 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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