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Chicago-born, distinguished U.S. actor and longtime civil rights campaigner, Robert Ryan served in the United States Marines as a drill sergeant (winning a boxing championship) and went on to become a key figure in post WWII American Film Noir and western productions. Ryan grabbed critical attention for his dynamic performances as an anti-Semitic ...
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Full NameRob Ryan
Date Of BirthNovember 11, 1909
Place Of BirthChicago, Illinois, USA
Height6' 4" (1.93 m)
ProfessionActor, Soundtrack
EducationStevenson High School, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
SpouseJessica Cadwalader
ParentsDoris Ryan, Buddy Ryan
SiblingsRex Ryan, Jim Ryan
AwardsNational Board of Review Award for Best Actor, National Society of Film Critics Special Awards, Drama Desk Vernon Rice Award
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
MoviesThe Wild Bunch, The Set-Up, Bad Day at Black Rock, On Dangerous Ground, Crossfire, The Naked Spur, Clash by Night, Odds Against Tomorrow, Act of Violence, The Professionals, The Dirty Dozen, Day of the Outlaw, The Iceman Cometh, Men in War, Flying Leathernecks, The Longest Day, God's Little Acre, Ho...
TV ShowsAlcoa Theatre, World War One, Monster House
Star SignScorpio
1Often played serious, temperamental men of action.
2Often played stern authority figures, in sharp contrast to his real life persona.
1[on the 'amazing experience' of old Hollywood] The conformity of the material was a problem, true. But the old system had virtues. [They] would gamble once in a while on an offbeat picture... We all had to go to film school, and we worked in hordes of pictures - B pictures - which were shot very fast.
2[on young actors] Each one assumes that his mere presence is God's gift to humanity and he finds out over the years that this isn't the case, but that the acquisition of the skills is equally important. You find out that the essence of it is simplification.
3[on being listed as one of the screen's all-time best heavies] I guess they never saw me in most of my pictures. Still, I've never stopped working so I can't complain.
4[on why he never became a target of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the Red-baiting HUAC, despite being known for his left-of-center politics] I was involved in the things he was throwing rocks at but I was never a target. Looking back, I suspect my Irish name, my being a Catholic and an ex-Marine sort of softened the blow.
1In June 1941 at the Millpond Playhouse in Roslyn, Long Island he acted in the plays The Barker and Petticoat Fever with his wife Jessica Cadawalder. He also acted in Angel Comedy with Cameron Mitchell before ending his engagement by appearing in William Saroyan's TheTime Of Your Life.
2Married his wife Jessica Cadawalader on March 11, 1939 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in West Hollywood.
3In the Summer of 1941 he acted at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts where he appeared in J.M. Barrie's A Kiss For Cinderella opposite Luise Rainer.
4At the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego he acted in Petticoat Fever during the Summer of 1949 returning in July 1950 to appear in Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday.
5Attended the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago where he served as a McCarthy delegate. He was able to wrangle a floor pass for his anti-war activist son Cheyney because of his friendship with Joan Crawford who served on the board of the Pepsi-Cola Company through a company representative who passed on greetings from her.
6Attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois for high school, class of 1927, where he was an All-City tackle his senior year, playing football for all four years.
7Was a freshman at Darmouth when Joseph Losey was a senior.
8At Darmouth he pledged Psi Upsilon where one of his fraternity brothers was Nelson Rockefeller.
9Was planning on marrying Maureen O'Sulllivan before he passed away.
10Was reportedly a candidate for the role of Samson in Samson and Delilah (1949).
11His funeral was held on July 16, 1973 at Blessed Sacrament Church on 71st Street in Manhattan. Jason Robards, Myrna Loy, Dore Schary and John McGiver attended the service.
12In an interview on Scene by Scene (1996), Jeff Bridges tells an anecdote about Ryan during the filming of The Iceman Cometh (1973). The young Bridges noticed that a pool of sweat had formed under Ryan's hand as it rested on a table, and realized that despite his granite demeanor, the veteran star was nervous that they were about to go for a take. When Bridges asked him about this, he replied, 'I'd really be scared if I wasn't scared'.
13Jeff Bridges said he learned a lot about acting from working with Ryan when they appear together in The Iceman Cometh (1973).
14New York City, NY, USA: Film Forum screening a series of two dozen Ryan movies. [August 2011]
15Near the end of World War II, Ryan met fellow Marine Richard Brooks in the library of Camp Pendleton. Brooks had just had his first novel, 'The Brick Foxhole' published, and Ryan told him he was an actor who was determined to play the role of the villain if a movie version were ever made. Ryan insisted, 'I know that son of a bitch. No one knows him better than I do'. Two years later, outside the theater where Crossfire (1947) had just previewed, actor Ryan--who had indeed played the role of Montgomery which he had once sought--was able to ask writer Brooks, 'What do you think?'.
16Helped start Oakwood, a prestigious Los Angeles school.
17According to his RKO biography, Ryan worked as a 'sandhog, seaman, sewer builder, salesman, miner, cowboy, bodyguard-chauffeur to a mobster, photographer's model, W.P.A. laborer and paving supervisor'.
18Robert's paternal grandparents were Irish immigrants, from Thurles, County Tipperary. Robert's mother was of English and Irish descent, partly by way of Canada, and had deep Colonial American roots.
19A close friend of Lee Marvin.
20His granddaughter Katharine, by his son, Walker, is a research associate at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She was named after her godmother, Katharine Hepburn.
21Actors Jeff Bridges and Kris Kristofferson have both cited Ryan as their favorite actor.
22He has three grandchildren, Tammy, Lisa, and Jeff from his son Cheyney.
23When he was eight years old, his younger brother died from the flu.
24When he was 26, his father died after being hit by a car.
25His son, Cheyney C. Ryan, is a Research Fellow at Oxford University and a professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Oregon. As a Harvard undergraduate, he was expelled due to his fervent activism in the civil rights and anti-war movements.
26He was considered for Stephen Boyd's role as Messala in Ben-Hur (1959).
27Shortly before his death from lung cancer at the age of sixty-three, Ryan publicly denounced his heavy use of cigarettes as the cause of his illness.
28His Shakespearean roles included "Antony and Cleopatra" with Katharine Hepburn in 1960, and the title role of "Othello" at the Nottingham Playhouse in England, also in the '60s.
29He was a founder of SANE (an anti-nuclear action group) and a vocal supporter of the blacklisted Hollywood Ten during the 1950s.
30Ryan managed to get along with John Wayne while filming Flying Leathernecks (1951), although he was appalled by Wayne's active support for blacklisting in Hollywood. However the two stars did not get along at all while filming The Longest Day (1962).
31At Dartmouth College, Ryan was on the boxing team and posted a 5-0 (3 knockouts) record. He also worked on the campus newspaper, and campaigned against Prohibition.
32Campaigned for Eugene McCarthy in the 1968 Democratic primaries.
33When casting the leading man role in the 1943 Ginger Rogers vehicle Tender Comrade (1943), RKO producer David Hempstead became interested in Ryan due to favorable preview cards hailing Ryan's performances in Bombardier (1943), The Sky's the Limit (1943) and Behind the Rising Sun (1943). He suggested him to Rogers, who was at first unimpressed after screening parts of the three movies. She turned him down as her leading man, as she thought he looked mean and, at 6'4", too big. A week later, when Rogers visited Hempstead at his office, he was busily going through preview cards of "The Sky's the Limit" and showed her some of them. Rogers saw that all the reviews of Ryan's performance were favorable and, since principal production was drawing near, she decided to have another look at him. Ryan was conveniently waiting in a nearby office for just such a possibility. Less than a minute later he came to the office and talked with both the producer and Rogers. After a few moments, she unobtrusively slipped Hempstead a note: "I think this is the guy." Today, the note hangs on the wall above Cheyney Ryan's (Ryan's son) desk in his study.
34Served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1944 to 1947.
35Was Turner Classic Movies' "Star of the Month" for February 2000, a rare honor for a character lead/supporting player.
36Co-founded the Theatre Group at the University of California at Los Angeles with John Houseman and Sidney Harmon in 1959. Nine years later in 1968 he co-founded the Plumstead Playhouse Repertory Company, with Henry Fonda and Martha Scott.
37Shortly before his death, Ryan moved out of his apartment (number 72) at the Dakota in New York City. Ryan leased (and then his estate later sold) the apartment to John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
38At the time he was diagnosed with cancer, he was scheduled to play "Don Quixote" in a film version of Miguel Cervantes' novel. It was Rex Harrison, however, who was finally seen as the Don in a 1973 made-for-television film of the book, a year after Peter O'Toole had starred in the film version (Man of La Mancha (1972)) of the Broadway musical "Man of La Mancha".
39Two sons, Walker (born April 13, 1946) and Cheyney (born March 10, 1948), and a daughter, Lisa (born September 10, 1951).
40Due to his towering frame, cruelly-lined face and a simmering intensity uncommon in his generation of "tough guys", he usually played hateful villains. Even on the rare occasions that he played a good guy, they often possessed a violent, obsessive personality that was a tad unsettling.
41In 1973, he played the terminally-ill political activist Larry Slade in The Iceman Cometh (1973). Ironically, while filming, he knew he was approaching the final stages of lung cancer and died in July of that year. His wife Jessica had died just the year before, also succumbing to cancer.
42While performing in a stock play version of "A Kiss for Cinderella" in 1941 with actress Luise Rainer, Rainer's ex-husband, Clifford Odets, saw him and offered him the featured juvenile part in his Broadway play "Clash by Night" as "Joe Doyle", opposite Tallulah Bankhead. A decade later he starred in the film version but had outgrown the juvenile role and instead played Earl Pfeiffer, one of the leads, originated on Broadway by Joseph Schildkraut. His "Joe Doyle" character was played by Keith Andes in the film Clash by Night (1952).
43Initially planned on studying at the Pasadena Playhouse, but instead became a student of Max Reinhardt in the late 1930s, where he met fellow student and future wife Jessica Cadwalader. Following their marriage, she gave up her acting aspirations and later became a children's fiction-book writer.
44Originally intended to portray "Commodore Matt Decker" in the Star Trek (1966) (the original series) episode "Doomsday Machine", but was unable to do so. The character was intended as a Captain Ahab-type, obsessed with revenge for the loss of his crew. The role instead went to William Windom who portrayed Decker in a more tragic, sensitive light.


The Iceman Cometh1973Larry Slade
Executive Action1973Robert Foster
The Outfit1973Mailer
The Man Without a Country1973TV MovieLt. Cmdr. Vaughan
Lolly-Madonna XXX1973Pap Gutshall
And Hope to Die1972Charley Ellis
The Love Machine1971Gregory 'Greg' Austin
Lawman1971Sabbath Marshal Cotton Ryan Cotten
The Reason Why1970ShortRoger
The Front Page1970TV MovieWalter Burns
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City1969Captain Nemo
The Wild Bunch1969Deke Thornton
Anzio1968General Carson
Un minuto per pregare, un istante per morire1968New Mexico Gov. Lem Carter
Custer of the West1967Sgt. Patrick Mulligan
Hour of the Gun1967Ike Clanton
The Dirty Dozen1967Col. Everett Dasher Breed
The Busy Body1967Charley Barker
The Professionals1966Ehrengard
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1966TV SeriesAndrew Dixon
Battle of the Bulge1965Gen. Grey
The Secret Agents1965General Bruce
The Crooked Road1965Richard Ashley
The Reporter1964TV SeriesRush
The Presidency: A Splendid Misery1964TV Movie documentaryAbraham Lincoln
Wagon Train1962-1964TV SeriesBob Stuart / Father John Bernard
The Eleventh Hour1964TV SeriesFranklin 'Hoppy' Hopp
Breaking Point1964TV SeriesLloyd Osment
Kraft Suspense Theatre1963TV SeriesThomas Bollington
Billy Budd1962John Claggart - Master of Arms
The Longest Day1962Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin
King of Kings1961John The Baptist
The Canadians1961Inspector William Gannon
Buick-Electra Playhouse1960TV SeriesHarry Walters
The Snows of Kilimanjaro1960TV Movie
Ice Palace1960Thor Storm
Odds Against Tomorrow1959Earle Slater
Zane Grey Theater1956-1959TV SeriesCaptain William Kraig / Sheriff Amos Parney / Cob Oakley / ...
Day of the Outlaw1959Blaise Starrett
God's Little Acre1958Ty Ty Walden
Playhouse 901958TV SeriesJay Gatsby
Alcoa Theatre1957-1958TV SeriesKen Morton / Jeff Banner / Mike Ripetti / ...
Goodyear Theatre1957-1958TV SeriesGunner's Mate Smith / Lieutenant Joe Carter / Dr. Robert Ross / ...
Lonelyhearts1958William Shrike
Mr. Adams and Eve1957TV Series
Men in War1957Lt. Benson
Back from Eternity1956Bill Lonagan
The Proud Ones1956Marshal Cass Silver
Screen Directors Playhouse1955TV SeriesAbraham Lincoln
The Tall Men1955Nathan Stark
House of Bamboo1955Sandy Dawson
Escape to Burma1955Jim Brecan
Bad Day at Black Rock1955Reno Smith
Her Twelve Men1954Joe Hargrave
About Mrs. Leslie1954George Leslie Hendersall
Alaska Seas1954Matt Kelly
Inferno1953Donald Whitley Carson III
City Beneath the Sea1953Brad Carlton
The Naked Spur1953Ben Vandergroat
Horizons West1952Dan Hammond
Beware, My Lovely1952Howard Wilton
Clash by Night1952Earl Pfeiffer
On Dangerous Ground1951Jim Wilson
The Racket1951Nick Scanlon
Flying Leathernecks1951Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin
Best of the Badmen1951Jeff Clanton
Hard, Fast and Beautiful1951Seabright Tennis Match Spectator (uncredited)
Born to Be Bad1950Nick
The Secret Fury1950David McLean
The Woman on Pier 131949Brad Collins
The Set-Up1949Bill 'Stoker' Thompson
Caught1949Smith Ohlrig
Act of Violence1949Joe Parkson
The Boy with Green Hair1948Dr. Evans
Return of the Bad Men1948Sundance Kid
Berlin Express1948Robert Lindley
The Woman on the Beach1947Scott
Trail Street1947Allen
Marine Raiders1944Capt. Dan Craig
Tender Comrade1943Chris Jones
Gangway for Tomorrow1943Joe Dunham
The Iron Major1943Father Timothy 'Tim' Donovan
Behind the Rising Sun1943Lefty O'Doyle
The Sky's the Limit1943/IReginald Fenton
Bombardier1943Joe Connors
Texas Rangers Ride Again1940Eddie (uncredited)
North West Mounted Police1940Constable Dumont
Golden Gloves1940Pete Wells
Queen of the Mob1940Jim
The Ghost Breakers1940Intern (uncredited)


Tender Comrade1943"You Made Me Love You I Didn't Want to Do It" 1913, uncredited


The Moviemakers1973Documentary shortHimself
November 22, 1963: In Search of an Answer1973Documentary shortHimself
Actor's Choice1970TV SeriesHimself - Performer
The Last of the Westerners1970TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1967-1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America1969TV MovieHimself - Host
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHimself
NET Journal1969TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Dick Cavett Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Wallace Stevens: A Poet's Seasons1967TV MovieHimself - performer, interviewer
The Eamonn Andrews Show1966TV SeriesHimself
India: Writings on the Sand1965TV Movie documentaryNarrator
World War One1964-1965TV Series documentaryNarrator
The City of Ships1964TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Inheritance1964Documentary shortNarrator
The David Susskind Show1964TV SeriesHimself
The Bell Telephone Hour1964TV SeriesHimself - Host
A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer1964Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
The Jack Paar Program1963TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1958-1962TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Guest Panelist
The New Steve Allen Show1961TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Costume Design Awards
Eight Steps to Peace: The Answer Now1957DocumentaryNarrator
Eight Steps to Peace: What's in It for Everyone1957Documentary shortNarrator
Eight Steps to Peace: You and the U.N.1957Documentary shortNarrator
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Men In War
The House Without a Name1956Documentary short

Archive Footage

The Harmony Game2011DocumentaryHimself
Stars of the Silver Screen2011TV SeriesBen Vandergroat
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That2005TV Movie documentaryBrad Carlton Dan Hammond
The Naked Archaeologist2005TV Series documentaryJohn the Baptist
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
La guerra en el cine2003Video documentary shortCapt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin
The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller2002TV Movie documentarySandy Dawson (uncredited)
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood2001TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin2000TV Movie documentaryReno Smith / Col. Everett Dasher Breed
Classified X1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryactor 'The Naked Spur' (uncredited)
Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend1987DocumentaryEarl Pfeiffer
The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn1986TV Special documentaryHimself
Frontier Justice1959-1961TV SeriesCaptain Krag / Matt

Won Awards

1974Special AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USAThe Iceman Cometh (1973)
1973KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Iceman Cometh (1973)
1973NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActorThe Iceman Cometh (1973)

Nominated Awards

1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Supporting PerformanceThe Wild Bunch (1969)
1963BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorBilly Budd (1962)
1948OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleCrossfire (1947)

2nd Place Awards

1974NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorThe Iceman Cometh (1973)

Known for movies

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