Ruth Warrick

Actor, Teacher
An attractive, talented and intelligent brunette actor, Ruth Warrick has played leading roles with some regularity during her half century career in TV, theater and film. She is, however, perhaps most associated with a ... Read more »
Born: 06/29/1915 in St Joseph, Missouri, USA


Actor (35)

All My Children 1969 - 2011 (TV Show)


As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)


The Soap Opera Hall of Fame Special 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The All My Children 25th Anniversary Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Guiding Light: The Primetime Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Soap Opera Digest Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Thanksgiving Day Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


The 15th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Fame, Fortune & Romance 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)


Sometimes I Don't Love My Mother 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Deathmask 1982 (Movie)

Beatrice Van Den Berg (Actor)

The Returning 1982 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Peyton Place 1964 - 1969 (TV Show)


The Great Bank Robbery 1969 (Movie)

Mrs Applebee (Actor)

Ride Beyond Vengeance 1965 (Movie)

Aunt Gussie (Actor)

Let's Dance 1949 (Movie)

Carola Everett (Actor)

China Sky 1944 (Movie)

Dr. Sara Durand (Actor)

Secret Command 1944 (Movie)


Forever and a Day 1943 (Movie)

Lesley Trimble (Actor)

The Iron Major 1942 (Movie)


Citizen Kane 1941 (Movie)

Emily Monroe Norton Kane (Actor)

Arch of Triumph (Movie)

Kate Hergstroem (Actor)

Beauty on Parade (Movie)

Marian Medford (Actor)

Complicated Women (TV Show)


Daisy Kenyon (Movie)

Lucille O'Mara (Actor)

Guest in the House (Movie)

Ann Proctor (Actor)

Journey into Fear (Movie)

Stephanie Graham (Actor)

Mr. Winkle Goes to War (Movie)

Amy Winkle (Actor)

Song of the South (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

The Corsican Brothers (Movie)

Isabelle (Actor)

The Great Dan Patch (Movie)

Ruth Treadwell (Actor)

Three Husbands (Movie)

Jane Evans (Actor)


An attractive, talented and intelligent brunette actor, Ruth Warrick has played leading roles with some regularity during her half century career in TV, theater and film. She is, however, perhaps most associated with a series of character roles as middle to upper-class wives. Many were sympathetic, but more vivid were the ones in which her characters were practical, determined and conventional to the point of being frosty and forbidding.


Frederick R Warrick Jr


Annie L Warrick


L Jarvis Cushing Jr


Robert McNamara


Carl Neubert


Erik Rolf



University of Missouri

Kansas City , Missouri

trained for the stage with Brock Pemberton and Antoinette Perry



Was one of the interviewees for the Oscar-nominated feature documentary, "The Battle Over 'Citizen Kane'"


Became a licensed metaphysical teacher; was certified by the Unity School of Practical Christianity in Lees Summit, MO


Traveled to Moscow as part of "The Global Forum" that met with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev regarding problems in the world's environment (Date approximate)


Reprised the role of Hannah Cord for the NBC TV-movie, "Peyton Place: The Next Generation"


Returned to feature film work after 14 years to play supporting roles in two films, "The Returning" and "Deathmask"


Played Phoebe Tyler (later Phoebe Tyler Wallingford) on the long-running ABC daytime drama, "All My Children"


Returned to occasional feature film work; played character roles in several films of the late 1960s beginning with "Ride Beyond Vengeance"


Played Essie in the Broadway musical, "Take Me Along", starring Jackie Gleason at the Shubert Theater


Played Mary Spain in a New York stage production of Nathanael West's "Miss Lonelyhearts" at the Music Box Theater


Last feature for 12 years, "Roogie's Bump"


Hosted the NBC 15-minute anthology drama series, "Short, Short Drama"


Supplied one of the voices for the Disney animated feature, "Song of the South"; also marked Warrick's last film at RKO, which distributed Disney productions


Made feature film debut in "Citizen Kane"


Participated in an early in-house test of television held in the RCA Building in New York


Played the sister of the dead soldier in "Bury the Dead" at the Center Community Theater in Kansas City, MO

Played Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and Mary Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" in Los Angeles stage productions; also went on tour

Played Hannah Cord on the ABC serial drama, "Peyton Place"; joined the series after its run had begun; received an Emmy nomination for the 1966-67 season; series continued until 1969

Moved to Kansas City, MO while a high school student

Played Ellie Banks on the CBS sitcom, "Father of the Bride", based on the 1950 MGM hit feature film of the same title

Played Anna in a Toronto production of the stage musical "The King and I", then went on a tour of major U.S. cities in the role

Played Emmeline Marshall in a Broadway revival of the stage musical, "Irene", at the Minskoff Theater, starring Debbie Reynolds in the title role

Bonus Trivia


Warrick was a school dropout consultant for the department of labor in President John F. Kennedy's administration.


Warrick served in the Job Training Corps during President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration.


She was appointed in the early 1990s to the U.N. World Women's Committee on Mental Health.


Warrick has long been active in arts-in-education programs, especially for the disadvantaged living in the Watts section of Los Angeles. She taught communication in the Watts area as part of Operation Bootstrap. In 1983 the board of directors of Business and Industry for Arts in Education, Inc. awarded her the first national Arts in Education Award, later renamed the Ruth Warrick Award for Arts in Education.


On her most famous role, Warrick noted: "... I've been on "All My Children" 19 years, and I've become a force in people's lives. They hug me, kiss me, grab my hand. People like the strength of Phoebe Tyler, although to begin with I thought of her as a silly person whose most strenuous activity was stirring the martinis gently so as not to bruise the gin. I had been involved with the civil rights and peace movements, a really involved activist, and she was the opposite, so I made her a really ridiculous bubblehead. After a few months, the director said to me, 'Your role is to make people afraid of you. When you walk into a room they should soil their pants.' I told him that was graphic enough. That's when Phoebe got very heavy."


Continuing on her role as Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, Warrick noted, "She was so outrageous you wanted to kill her, but she became a woman with spirit and spunk and spine, like Joan Collins and Jane Wyman would be. Oddly enough, men love her. Young people love her. Blacks love Phoebe because they have a great tradition of strong women. One black man shouted across the street to me, 'You hang in there, old girl.'"