Harry Shannon (actor)

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Harry Shannon

Harry Shannon in 1950
Born (1890-06-13)June 13, 1890
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Died July 27, 1964(1964-07-27) (aged 74)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1929–1963

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 theatre and vaudeville, and switched to the film industry in the 1930s. 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). Among his other films were Someone to Remember (1943), Alaska Highway (1943), San Quentin (1946), and Witness to Murder (1954).[1]

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. The guest cast included Robert Colbert, Ruta Lee, and Dan Sheridan.[2]

Shannon died at the age of seventy-four in Hollywood, California.

Selected filmography

Harry Shannon, George Coulouris and Agnes Moorehead in Citizen Kane (1941)


  1. "Harry Shannon biography". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  2. "Colt .45". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
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