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

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


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, such as villain cowboy Dad "Jobe Craig" in S3E27's "Meeting at Mimbres" in the 1961 western Bat Masterson, 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), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) 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.[citation needed]

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 October 6, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  2. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 149. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  3. ^ Hal Erickson (2014). "Harry Shannon biography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 15, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2014.