Jim Bannon (April 9, 1911 - July 28, 1984) was an actor in radio and Hollywood western films during the 1940s and 1950s. He is best remembered as the fourth cinema Red Ryder from 1949 to 1950.
Bannon also appeared in numerous western television series, including the Gene Autry's The Adventures of Champion, in twenty-six episodes in 1955 in the role of Sandy North, with child actor Barry Curtis (born 1943) as his nephew, Ricky North. He was cast twice on another Autry series, Annie Oakley, with Gail Davis.
Bannon in 1957 played Sheriff Tynes on the syndicated Casey Jones, with Alan Hale, Jr. He was further cast in the episode "Attack" of Richard Carlson's syndicated Mackenzie's Raiders, set at Fort Clark, Texas, and in the 1958 segment "A Very Deadly Game" of NBC's western series, Jefferson Drum, starring Jeff Richards as a western newspaperman. That same year he was cast as Nate in the episode "Miss Pringle" of the NBC children's western series, Buckskin and as Warden Lane in the episode "A Fish Story" of the NBC children's western series, Fury. Bannon appeared in three episodes of ABC's The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.
Bannon was the first husband of American actress and comedienne Bea Benaderet. Their son, Jack Bannon, a brother-in-law of actor John Travolta, was a regular on the CBSdrama series, Lou Grant, starring Ed Asner in the title role as a newspaper editor.