Harry Shannon was born on June 13, 1890 on a farm in Saginaw, Michigan, and died on July 27, 1964 in Hollywood, California. He started his career by traveling with stock and repertoire companies, where he performed in burlesque houses and tent shows. He performed in several Broadway productions, including Oh Kay (1926), Hold Everything (1928), Simple Simon (1931), and Pardon My English (1933). A member of the Joseph Schildkraut's Hollywood Theater Guild, he began his film career in comedy shorts appearing with Bert Lahr, Leon Errol, and Shemp Howard. Known mainly as a character actor, he played small roles in such movies as Citizen Kane(1941), with Shannon as Kane's alcoholic father, The Sullivans (1944), The Jolsen Story (1946), High Noon (1952), Touch of Evil (1958), and The Buccaneer (1959). Shannon's last role was playing the grandfather in the musical Gypsy in 1962. During the 1950s Shannon appeared on such TV western dramas as Cheyenne, Rawhide, Have Gun Will Travel, and Gunsmoke. He died in 1964 at age 74.