Harry Shannon (actor)

Harry Shannon (June 13, 1890 – July 27, 1964) was an American character actor. He often appeared in Western films.

Harry Shannon
Harry Shannon in 1950
Born(1890-06-13)June 13, 1890
DiedJuly 27, 1964(1964-07-27) (aged 74)
Years active1929–1963


Harry Shannon was born on a farm in Saginaw, Michigan. He began his career in live theater and vaudeville, and switched to the film industry in the 1930s.

Shannon's Broadway credits included Mrs. O'Brien Entertains (1939), Washington Jitters (1938), Under Glass (1933), Pardon My English (1933), Free For All (1931), Simple Simon (1931), Jonica (1930), Hold Everything (1928), and Oh, Kay! (1926).[1]

Although he played most frequently in Westerns, his best-known film role was perhaps as Charles Foster Kane's rough father in Citizen Kane (1941).[2] Among his other films were Someone to Remember (1943), Alaska Highway (1943), San Quentin (1946), and Witness to Murder (1954).[3] In 1956 he appeared as Matt Crowley in the TV western Cheyenne in the episode titled "Johnny Bravo."

In 1960, he was cast as the outlaw Clay Hooper in the episode "Showdown at Goldtown" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western television series, Colt .45.[4]

On July 27, 1964, Shannon died at the age of 74 in Hollywood, California.

Selected filmography


  1. "Harry Shannon". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 6 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  2. Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 149. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  3. "Harry Shannon biography". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  4. "Colt .45". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
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