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Robert Ryan

Actor | * 11/11/1909 († 63, 07/11/1973) | Chicago, Illinois (United States of America (USA))
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Robert Bushnell Ryan (November 11, 1909 – July 11, 1973) was an American actor and activist. Known for his portayals of hardened cops and ruthless villains, Ryan performed for over three decades. He has received one nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film noir drama Crossfire (1947). ()

Robert Bushnell Ryan (November 11, 1909 – July 11, 1973) was an American actor who often played hardened cops and ruthless villains.Ryan was born in Chicago, Illinois, the first child of Timothy Ryan and his wife Mabel Bushnell Ryan. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1932, having held the school's heavyweight boxing title all four years of his attendance. After graduation, the 6'4" Ryan found employment as a stoker on a ship, a WPA worker, and a ranch hand in Montana.Ryan attempted to make a career in show business as a playwright, but had to turn to acting to support himself. He studied acting in Hollywood and appeared on stage and in small film parts during the early 1940s.In January 1944, after securing a contract guarantee from RKO Radio Pictures, Ryan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a drill instructor at Camp Pendleton, in San Diego, California. At Camp Pendleton, he befriended writer and future director Richard Brooks, whose novel, The Brick Foxhole, he greatly admired. He also took up painting.Ryan's breakthrough film role was as an anti-Semitic killer in Crossfire (1947), a film noir based on Brooks's novel. The role won Ryan his sole career Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actor. From then on, Ryan's specialty was tough/tender roles, finding particular expression in the films of directors such as Nicholas Ray, Robert Wise and Sam Fuller. In Ray's On Dangerous Ground (1951) he portrayed a burnt-out city cop finding redemption while solving a rural murder. In Wise's The Set-Up (1949), he played an over-the-hill boxer who is brutally punished for refusing to take a dive. Other important films were Anthony Mann's western The Naked Spur, Sam Fuller's uproarious Japanese set gangland thriller House of Bamboo, Bad Day at Black Rock, and the socially conscious heist movie Odds Against Tomorrow. He also appeared in several all-star war films, including The Longest Day (1962) and Battle of the Bulge (1965), and The Dirty Dozen. He also played John the Baptist in MGM's Technicolor epic King of Kings (1961) and was the villainous Claggart in Peter Ustinov's adaptation of Billy Budd (1962).In his later years, Ryan continued playing significant roles in major films. Most notable of these were The Dirty Dozen, The Professionals (1966) and Sam Peckinpah's highly influential brutal western The Wild Bunch (1969).Ryan appeared several times on the Broadway stage. His credits there include Clash by Night, Mr. President and The Front Page, the comedy drama about newspapermen.He appeared in many television series as a guest star, including the role of Franklin Hoppy-Hopp in the 1964 episode "Who Chopped Down the Cherry Tree?" on the NBC medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour. Similarly, he guest starred as Lloyd Osment in the 1964 episode "Better Than a Dead Lion" in the ABC psychiatric series, Breaking Point. In 1964, Ryan appeared with Warren Oates in the episode "No Comment" of CBS's short-lived drama about newspapers, The Reporter, starring Harry Guardino in the title role of journalist Danny Taylor. Ryan appeared five times (1956–1959) on CBS's Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater and twice (1959 and 1961) on the Zane Grey spin-off Frontier Justice. He appeared three times (1962–1964) on the western Wagon Train.

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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Western | Thriller

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Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Movies with Robert Ryan as Actor(80)

as Himself (archive footage)1991 Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire
as Foster1973 Executive Action
as Larry Slade1973 The Iceman Cometh
as Lt. Cmdr. Vaughan1973 The Man Without a Country
as Pap Gutshall1973 Lolly-Madonna XXX
as Mailer1973 The Outfit
as Charley1972 And Hope to Die
as Gregory 'Greg' Austin1971 The Love Machine
as Sabbath Marshal Cotton Ryan1971 Lawman
as Deke Thornton1969 The Wild Bunch
as New Mexico Gov. Lem Carter1968 A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die
as Gen. Carson1968 Anzio
as Mulligan1967 Custer of the West
as Ike Clanton1967 Hour of the Gun
as Charley Barker1967 The Busy Body
as Col. Everett Dasher Breed1967 The Dirty Dozen
as Hans Ehrengard1966 The Professionals
as General Grey1965 Battle of the Bulge
as Richard Ashley1965 The Crooked Road
as General Bruce1965 The Dirty Game
as John Claggart, Master of Arms1962 Billy Budd
as Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin1962 The Longest Day
as John the Baptist1961 King of Kings
as Inspector William Gannon1961 The Canadians
as Thor Storm1960 Ice Palace
as Earle Slater1959 Odds Against Tomorrow
as William Shrike1959 Lonelyhearts
as Blaise Starrett1959 Day of the Outlaw
as Ty Ty Walden1958 God's Little Acre
as Lt. Benson1957 Men in War
as Marshal Cass Silver1956 The Proud Ones
as Bill Lonagan1956 Back from Eternity
as Nathan Stark1955 The Tall Men
as Jim Brecan1955 Escape to Burma
as Reno Smith1955 Bad Day at Black Rock
as Sandy Dawson1955 House of Bamboo
as George Leslie1954 About Mrs. Leslie
as Matt Kelly1954 Alaska Seas
as Joe Hargrave1954 Her Twelve Men
as Ben Vandergroat1953 The Naked Spur
as Brad Carlton1953 City Beneath the Sea
as Donald Whitley Carson III1953 Inferno
as Howard Wilton1952 Beware, My Lovely
as Dan Hammond1952 Horizons West
as Earl Pfeiffer1952 Clash by Night
as Nick Scanlon1951 The Racket
as Seabright Tennis Match Spectator (uncredited)1951 Hard, Fast and Beautiful
as Jeff Clanton1951 Best of the Badmen
as Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin1951 Flying Leathernecks
as Jim Wilson1951 On Dangerous Ground
as Nick Bradley1950 Born to Be Bad
as David McLean1950 The Secret Fury
as Bradley Collins / Frank Johnson1950 The Woman on Pier 13
as Stoker1949 The Set-Up
as Smith Ohlrig1949 Caught
as Robert Lindley1948 Berlin Express
as Sundance Kid1948 Return of the Bad Men
as Dr. Evans1948 The Boy with Green Hair
as Joe Parkson1948 Act of Violence
as Ruby Stone1947 Trail Street
as Montgomery1947 Crossfire
as Scott Burnett1947 The Woman on the Beach
as Capt. Dan Craig1944 Marine Raiders
as Chris Jones1944 Tender Comrade
as Joe Dunham1943 Gangway for Tomorrow
as Father Timothy 'Tim' Donovan1943 The Iron Major
as Reginald Fenton1943 The Sky's the Limit
as Lefty O'Doyle1943 Behind the Rising Sun
as Joe Connors1943 Bombardier
as Constable Dumont1940 North West Mounted Police
as Pete Wells1940 Golden Gloves
as Intern (uncredited)1940 The Ghost Breakers

TV Shows/Series with Robert Ryan as Actor(6)


Full Name: Robert Ryan
Born: Thursday, 11/11 1909 (November) in Chicago, Illinois (United States of America (USA))
Died: Wednesday, 07/11 1973 (July) in New York City (aged: 63)
Zodiac sign: Scorpio (Chinese zodiac sign: Rooster)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Dartmouth College
Other names for Robert Ryan (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Robert Bushnell Ryan"
"Роберт Райан"
Robert Ryan frequently works together with these people:
Darrell Silvera (16x, Crew)
Mel Berns (13x, Crew)
Clem Portman (12x, Crew)
Ida Lupino (9x, Actress)
Roy Webb (8x, Crew)
Philip Yordan (8x, Crew)
C. Bakaleinikoff (8x, Crew)
Nicholas Ray (7x, Crew)
Edith Head (6x, Crew)
Dore Schary (6x, Crew)
Tom Gries (4x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:4226, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 06/08/2021