Robert Ryan

Actor
Imposing, ruggedly handsome lead who made his film debut in "Golden Gloves" (1940) and signed with RKO two years later. Ryan hit his stride in the late 1940s playing a string of psychopathic or hard-boiled types ... Read more »
Born: 11/11/1909 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (67)

Executive Action 1973 (Movie)

Foster (Actor)

The Outfit 1973 (Movie)

Mailer (Actor)

The Iceman Cometh 1972 (Movie)

Larry Slade (Actor)

The Lolly-Madonna War 1972 (Movie)

Pap Gutshall (Actor)

La Course du lievre a travers les champs 1971 (Movie)

Charley (Actor)

Lawman 1971 (Movie)

Sabbath Marshal Cotton Ryan Cotten (Actor)

The Front Page 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Machine 1970 (Movie)

Gregory Austin (Actor)

Captain Nemo and the Underwater City 1969 (Movie)

Captain Nemo (Actor)

The Wild Bunch 1969 (Movie)

Deke Thornton (Actor)

Anzio 1968 (Movie)

General Carson (Actor)

Custer of the West 1968 (Movie)

Mulligan (Actor)

Hour of the Gun 1967 (Movie)

Ike Clanton (Actor)

The Busy Body 1967 (Movie)

Charley Barker (Actor)

The Dirty Dozen 1967 (Movie)

Col Everett Dasher-Breed (Actor)

Battle of the Bulge 1965 (Movie)

General Grey (Actor)

The Professionals 1965 (Movie)

Ehrengard (Actor)

Billy Budd 1962 (Movie)

Master-at-Arms John Claggart (Actor)

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

King of Kings 1961 (Movie)

John the Baptist (Actor)

Ice Palace 1960 (Movie)

Thor (Actor)

Odds Against Tomorrow 1959 (Movie)

Earle Slater (Actor)

Day of the Outlaw 1958 (Movie)

Blaise Starrett (Actor)

God's Little Acre 1958 (Movie)

Ty Ty Walden (Actor)

Lonelyhearts 1958 (Movie)

William Shrike (Actor)

Turn of Fate 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Men in War 1957 (Movie)

Lieutenant Benson (Actor)

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Escape to Burma 1955 (Movie)

Jim Brecan (Actor)

House of Bamboo 1955 (Movie)

Sandy Dawson (Actor)

The Tall Men 1955 (Movie)

Nathan Stark (Actor)

About Mrs. Leslie 1954 (Movie)

George Leslie (Actor)

Bad Day at Black Rock 1954 (Movie)

Reno Smith (Actor)

Her Twelve Men 1954 (Movie)

Joe Hargrave (Actor)

Alaska Seas 1953 (Movie)

Matt Kelly (Actor)

City Beneath the Sea 1953 (Movie)

Brad Carlton (Actor)

The Naked Spur 1953 (Movie)

Ben Vandergroat (Actor)

Clash By Night 1952 (Movie)

Earl Pfeiffer (Actor)

Horizons West 1952 (Movie)

Dan Hammond (Actor)

Inferno 1952 (Movie)

Carson (Actor)

Flying Leathernecks 1951 (Movie)

Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin (Actor)

On Dangerous Ground 1951 (Movie)

Jim Wilson (Actor)

The Racket 1951 (Movie)

Scanlon (Actor)

Born to Be Bad 1950 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

I Married a Communist 1950 (Movie)

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Caught 1949 (Movie)

Smith Ohlrig (Actor)

The Set-Up 1949 (Movie)

Stoker (Actor)

Act of Violence 1948 (Movie)

Joe Parkson (Actor)

The Boy With Green Hair 1948 (Movie)

Dr. Evans (Actor)

Crossfire 1947 (Movie)

Montgomery (Actor)

Dead Reckoning 1947 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Bombardier 1942 (Movie)

Joe Connors (Actor)

The Iron Major 1942 (Movie)

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Back from Eternity (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Behind the Rising Sun (Movie)

Lefty (Actor)

Berlin Express (Movie)

Robert Lindley (Actor)

Best of the Badmen (Movie)

Jeff Clanton (Actor)

Beware, My Lovely (Movie)

Howard Wilton (Actor)

Golden Gloves (Movie)

Pete Wells (Actor)

Marine Raiders (Movie)

Capt. Dan Craig (Actor)

Northwest Mounted Police (Movie)

Constable Dumont (Actor)

Queen of the Mob (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Return of the Bad Men (Movie)

Sundance Kid (Actor)

Tender Comrade (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

The Man Without a Country (TV Show)

Actor

The Sky's the Limit (Movie)

Reg Fenton (Actor)

Trail Street (Movie)

Allen Harper (Actor)

Biography

Imposing, ruggedly handsome lead who made his film debut in "Golden Gloves" (1940) and signed with RKO two years later. Ryan hit his stride in the late 1940s playing a string of psychopathic or hard-boiled types, notably the anti-Semitic murderer in "Crossfire" (1947) and the over-the-hill pug in the classic boxing drama, "The Set-Up" (1949). He went on to appear in a host of films through the mid-70s, often giving fine performances in decidedly mediocre vehicles. Ryan was memorable as William Holden's buddy-turned-nemesis in Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch" (1969).

Relationships

Father
operated Ryan Contracting Co. in Chicago

Jennifer Cadwalader

Wife
married in 1939

Cheyney Ryan

Son
born c. 1948, mother Jennifer Cadwalader expelled from Harvard for protesting Vietnam War PhD in philosophy from Boston U

EDUCATION

Loyola Academy

Wilmette , Illinois

Max Reinhardt Theatrical Workshop

Hollywood , California

Dartmouth College

Hanover , New Hampshire 1932
heavyweight boxing champion

Milestones

1941

Signed contract with RKO

1940

Broadway debut in "Clash by Night"

1940

First film appearance in "Golden Gloves"

1939

Stage acting debut

Served with Marines during WWII

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