Ian Edmund Bannen was a Scottish actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in The Flight of the Phoenix, as well as two BAFTA Film Awards for his performances in The Offence and Hope and Glory. Bannen's other notable roles were in The Hill, From Beyond the Grave, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Eye of the Needle and Waking Ned, which earned him a Satellite Award. Bannen was born in Airdrie, the son of Clare and John James Bannen, a lawyer. Bannen served in the British Army after attending St Aloysius' College and Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire, his first acting role came in a 1947 Dublin stage production of Armlet of Jade. He became a successful figure on the London stage, making a name for himself in the plays of both Shakespeare and Eugene O'Neill, he appeared on Broadway as well. His film debut occurred in the early 1950s with a small role in Pool of London, he rose to prominence in a wide range of supporting roles, he had a significant role as Stoker Samuel Bannister in Yangtse Incident.
During the early stages of his career he worked with the Boulting Brothers on Private's Progress and Carlton-Browne of the F. O.. His performance as Crow in The Flight of the Phoenix earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, making him the first Scottish actor to receive this honour; that same year, he starred alongside Sean Connery in The Hill. Bannen turned down lead roles in Van der Valk and The Love Boat, his notable television appearances include parts in Doctor Finlay, as a schoolteacher and ex-spy in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Director John Schlesinger cast him as a replacement for Alan Bates in the part of well-off homosexual doctor Daniel Hirsh in his controversial film Sunday Bloody Sunday, after Bates was deemed unavailable to shoot. According to screenwriter Penelope Gilliatt, Bannen never felt comfortable with the part; the anxiety adversely affected his performance during the early filming. Schlesinger replaced Bannen with Peter Finch. Ian Bannen received an Academy Award nomination in 1965 for Best Supporting Actor, for his performance in The Flight of the Phoenix as Ratbags Crow, one of the survivors of a plane crash.
He received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as suspected child molester Kenneth Baxter in The Offence. He won acclaim for his roles as Brother Benedict in Lamb, Grandfather George in John Boorman's Hope and Glory, the elder Robert de Brus in Braveheart and as the touchingly crafty villager in Waking Ned Devine. In 1996, he was honoured with the BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award, he was the subject of an episode of This is Your Life in 1999, when he was surprised by Michael Aspel. Bannen was killed, aged 71, in a car accident by Loch Ness in November 1999, he and his wife, Marilyn Salisbury, driving, were discovered in an overturned vehicle at Knockies Straight between Inverness and Fort Augustus. His wife, a veterinarian for the Ministry of Agriculture, suffered only minor injuries; the couple had been married since 1978. Marilyn Salisbury died on 28 August 2019. Coatbridge College, Lanarkshire annually presents the Ian Bannen Memorial Award to the best actor or actress in its classes.
Alexander Sergeyevich Uspenski is a Russian former competitive figure skater. He is the 2006 Finlandia Trophy silver medalist and 2004 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist. Alexander Uspenski was born on 25 April 1987 in Moscow, he is the elder brother of Vladimir Uspenski, who competed in figure skating. Alexander Uspenski began competing on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit in 2001. Over the course of five seasons, he would win seven medals – three gold, two silver, two bronze – and qualify three times to the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final, he won the bronze medal at the 2004 JGP Final. Uspenski withdrew from the 2005 World Junior Championships due to the flu, he finished 8th. Uspenski made his senior international circuit debut in the 2006–07 season. After taking the silver medal at the 2006 Finlandia Trophy, he debuted on the senior Grand Prix series, finishing 5th and 6th at his two events. Uspenski missed the Russian national championships as a result of whooping cough, he changed coaches from Natalia Dubinskaia to Marina Kudriavtseva in January 2007.
Uspenski competed on the GP series for two more seasons before retiring in 2010. GP: Grand Prix.
Elly & Jools is an Australian children's television series that aired on the Nine Network in 1990. It starred Rebecca Smart as Clayton Williamson as Julian ` Jools' Trevaller, it featuredred Abigail, Anne Tenney, Peter Fisher, Dennis Miller, Damon Herriman and Vanessa Collier. The dog which appeared in the series played the dingo in the Meryl Streep and Sam Neill film, A Cry in the Dark; the Trevaller family move from the city to a new house in a small country town called Waterloo Creek - a town full of weird and wonderful characters. The house they move into is haunted by the ghost of a young girl. Elly befriends the Trevaller's son Jools, who tries to help solve the mystery of her murder. In the final episode it is revealed that Elly was never murdered but had died in a tragic accident and stayed in the world of the living in order to clear the name of the man suspected of her murder. Having achieved her peace she passes to the afterlife and is reunited with her loving family whilst Jools meets Eloise, a living girl identical to Elly, perceived either as her reincarnation or as a sign to him that the world is full of human girls just like her.