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Reginald Horace "Reggie" Bannister[1] (born September 29, 1945) is an American musician, actor, producer, writer, and activist.

Reggie Bannister
Reginald Horace Bannister

(1945-09-29) September 29, 1945 (age 73)
Long Beach, California, United States
OccupationActor, musician, screenwriter, activist, film producer, make-up artist, composer
Spouse(s)Susan Harper (died 1987)
Gayle Bannister (1988–97)
Gigi Fast Elk Porter (September 29, 2001–present)


Bannister is known for playing the shotgun-toting, ex-ice cream man Reggie, from film director Don Coscarelli's Phantasm series in which he starred alongside A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, and Angus Scrimm.[2][3]

Bannister has appeared in several films and worked with such notables as Ossie Davis, Bruce Campbell, Ella Joyce, Daniel Roebuck, Andy Griffith, Joe Estevez and Andrew Divoff, and many others. Bannister has played many roles from Reggie in the Phantasm series to Herb Tooklander in the latest Stephen King adaption of One for the Road.

And most recently, Bannister and his wife, Gigi, have collaborated with co-writer Shelby McIntyre and co-writer/director Vito Trabucco on the comedy/horror extravaganza Bloody Bloody Bible Camp. Also having great experience working with Sullivan on One for the Road, he had even asked Sullivan to co-produce and star in the film as the main villain, Sister Mary Chopper, which he accepted.

Along with co-producer Tim Sullivan and writer/director Paul Ward, he has also co-produced and starred in the short sequel to Salem's Lot, entitled One for the Road. This film stars Bannister, as well as Adam Robitel as Booth and Audrey Walters as Janey Lumley.

Music careerEdit

He composed the song "Have You Seen It" (used in Phantasm IV: Oblivion) and arranged "Sittin' Here at Midnight" with Bill Thornbury (used in Phantasm).

Personal lifeEdit

Bannister currently resides in Crestline, California, where he lives with his wife.


Other workEdit


  1. ^ According to the State of California's "Birth Index, 1905–1995". Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California
  2. ^ McIntyre, Gina (October 16, 2009). "Happy Birthday, Tall Man! 'Phantasm' Turns 30". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Savlov, Marc (March 31, 2000). "Spheres of Influence". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  4. ^ André Loiselle and Jeremy Maron Stages of Reality: Theatricality in Cinema, p. 105, at Google Books

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