American television actor Jack Bannon sadly passed away on Wednesday, October 25th at 77 years old. News did not break about his passing until late October 26th.
Bannon was best-known for playing the main role of “Art Donovan” in the Emmy-winning TV series, “Lou Grant.” However, he also starred in plays and other films including “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Little Big Man,” and “Da Vinci's War.”
Aside from his own fame from his acting roles, Bannon came from a very well-known family. Both of his parents were actors, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bea Benaderet was his mother, who played the voice of Betty in “The Flintstones” and also received Emmy nominations for her other work. Bannon’s father, Jim Bannon, played the character “Red Ryder,” an infamous 1940s cowboy in several movies.
Bannon was also married to Ellen Travolta, making him the brother-in-law of John Travolta. Travolta is famously remembered for his starring role as Danny in “Grease” with Olivia Newton-John.
The happy couple moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho years ago to ultimately pursue their love for theatre together. The two made a video explaining further why they made the decision. Watch the video below.
Fans and others in the industry took to social media to share their love for Bannon.
His death was originally reported by Spokesman. A cause of death was not given, but no suspicions were stated, so he is believed to have died from natural causes. Fortunately, he passed surrounded by his family.
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