Musician, Actor, Producer, Screenwriter, Activist – Referred to as “The Hardest Working Man in Horror,” Reggie Bannister is known world wide 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 background that includes writing, acting and music. His most recent projects have been Steven King’s “One For the Road” (from the Night Shift Anthology), (2011), “Primitive” (2011), “Abolition” (2011), “The Ghastly Love of Johnny X” (2010) (with the late Kevin McCarthy), “Bloody Bloody Bible Camp” (2010), “Walking Distance (2009),” “Small Town Saturday Night” (2009) (with Chris Pine, John Hawkes, and Muse Watson), and “Satan Hates You” (2009) (with Angus Scrimm).
As a producer, Reggie’s recent work, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp (2011) went to 50th on Amazon for it’s VOD release, and Steven King’s “One For the Road” (2011) made it’s 2012 American Premier at Lake Arrowhead Film Festival as well as appearing at Cannes Short Film Corner along with Primitive on the same weekend in May 2012 to rave reviews! His most current project in the works is Monster School with Doug Jones, Tony Todd and many other major horror names.
Reggie has released six (6) musical albums which include rock, country and folk and is a veteran of stage and television. Since the ’60s he’s played with such groups as Stone Country and Greenwood County Singers, as well as many greats such as Red Skelton, Robert Goulet, Bing Crosby, Carol Channing, Sonny and Cher, Stevie Wonder, and many more. He continues to write, play, compose and currently promotes his albums, “Naked Truth,” and “Fool’s Paradise,” with promises of compiling an anthology album of earlier works. Reggie is a sponsored musician of Samick Music/Greg Bennett Guitars, Toadworks USA, and CD Baby. He’s even guarding the forces of good on “Transformers Prime” (2011) Episode 10: “Deus Ex Machina.”
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 with his wife in Southern California, Production Magic, Incorporated. He is a popular guest and speaker at charity events and genre’ media conventions. Other film credits include Kenny & Company, Survival Quest, Silent Night, Deadly Night IV: The Initiation, That little Monster, The Demolitionist, Wes Craven’s Wishmaster, Carnies and most recently, Dark Path Chronicles. 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 also credited as Assistant Director, Co-Director, Co-Producer, Associate Producer, Producer and is often on the Special Effects Team with his wife, Gigi. Reggie resides in Southern, California, with his wife and two cats and performs music and works on their charity haunted hauses regularly at local events in their mountain community.