Musician, Actor, Screenwriter, Activist - Reggie Bannister is best known for his starring role as the intrepid ice cream vendor-turned hero in the action-horror series, Phantasm I-IV. His career spans over 40 years in television, film and entertainment with a varied background that includes writing, acting and music. Reggie's latest work, "Final Curtain," with Glenn Shadix, is in post production. Scheduled for release is "Spring Break Massacre" as a local sheriff. Recent work includes "Mangler Reborn" as a burglar, "Interstate" as a Sheriff, in "Journeyman" as a soothsayer, "Song of the Dead" as the US President in a musical horror film, "Last Rites" as a wayward Viet Nam Veteran who teams up with two gangs (one Hispanic and one Black) in East L.A. to face down a zombie attack and in "Cemetery Gates," as a scientist who comes to know his son as a man while battling a seven foot demon he helped create in an effort to save the world, and appeared in "Bubba Ho-Tep" - a mummy movie with Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis (deceased).
As a musician, Reggie has released five musical albums which include rock, country and folk and is a veteran of stage and television since the `60s having played with such groups as Stone Country and Greenwood County Singers. He continues to write, play, compose and is currently promoting his album, "Fool's Paradise," with promises of compiling an anthology album of earlier works. Reggie's music scored a recent short music video, "Land of the Free," after the title song, documenting disappearing park land in Long Beach, CA. Another, "Love That's Gone," which he co-wrote and co-produced protests the Yellowstone Buffalo slaughter, continues to receive critical acclaim.
Reggie's ear for new and upcoming talent goes beyond music. Being sensitive to the needs and desires of all artists in the entertainment industry, he is on a constant vigil to assist and promote undiscovered talent. A gifted writer, Reggie has co-authored two scripts and is working on another horror piece. He is the Vice-President of an independent production company inCrestline, California, called Production Magic, Incorporated. He is a popular guest and speaker at charity events and genre' media conventions and is a co-founder of the Crestline Creative Arts Foundation, a non-profit arts charity.
Other film credits include Kenny & Company, Survival Quest, Silent Night, Deadly Night IV: The Initiation, That little Monster, The Demolitionist, Wes Craven's Wishmaster, Phantasm IV: Oblivion, and most recently Wolfs Bane. There is currently a move to film Phantasm V, in which Reggie will return to his starring role of "Reggie" in the fifth installment of the series. When asked to what he attributes the popularity of his heroic character, he states, "I think (Reggie) is seen as `every man's man.' Not pretentious, often flawed, but with a lot of heart and guts. He does the things, and reacts the way, most men feel they would given the same situation." he added, "There's a lot of camp in scenes with Reggie. The humor comes from his being so... human."
Reggie is a Viet Nam Veteran, and a native of Long Beach, having graduated from Poly Tech High and Long Beach City College. He resides in Crestline, California, with his wife, Gigi Fast Elk and their two cats.
For personal appearances or casting, contact: Gigi Fast Elk