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Ben Ryan (I) (1892–1968)

Ben Ryan was a vaudeville performer, skit and song writer who first appeared on stage at the age of twelve. He toured for many years on the vaudeville circuit with blues singer Harriet Lee. Ryan is remembered as the composer of Jimmy Durante's trademark song "Inka Dinka Doo" and such hit songs as "Heart of My Heart", "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-P-P-I" and "... See full bio »


(age 76) in Leonia, New Jersey, USA

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 2012 Qu'est-ce qu'on va faire de toi? (TV Movie) (writer: "Plus je t'embrasse")
 1998 Pleasantville (writer: "The Gang That Sang Heart of My Heart")
 1997 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Vaudeville (1997) ... (lyrics: "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I" - uncredited)
 1997 Donnie Brasco (writer: " (The Gang That Sang) Heart of My Heart" (1926))
 1996 Never Too Late (writer: "The Gang That Sang Heart Of My Heart")
 1994 Greedy (writer: "Inka Dinka Doo")
 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Documentary) (lyrics: "Inka, Dinka Doo" (1934) - uncredited)
 1968 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Just Move Your Lips, Sergeant (1968) ... (writer: "(The Gang That Sang) Heart Of My Heart" - uncredited)
 1966 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #4.12 (1966) ... (writer: "Inka Dinka Do")
- Episode #3.33 (1966) ... (writer: "Inka-Dinka-Doo" - uncredited)
 1963 The Judy Garland Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1963) ... (writer: "Inka Dinka Do" - uncredited)
 1961 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Danny and Durante (1961) ... (music: "Inka Dinka Doo" - uncredited)
 1959 Bing Crosby and Dean Martin Present High Hopes (TV Special) (lyrics: "Inka Dinka Doo" - uncredited)
 1959 Country Style, U.S.A. (TV Series short) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.5 (1959) ... (lyrics: "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I")
 1954 Your Hit Parade (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 27 February 1954 (1954) ... (writer: "Heart of My Heart")
 1949 Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.11 (1949) ... (lyrics: "Inka Dinka Doo" - uncredited)
 1944 Two Girls and a Sailor (lyrics: "Inka Dinka Doo" (1933) - uncredited)
 1942 Broadway (lyrics: "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I" - uncredited)
 1934 Million Dollar Ransom (lyrics: "Have a Good Time")
 1934 Underneath the Broadway Moon (Short) (lyrics: "Inka Dinka Doo" - uncredited)
 1934 Palooka (music: "Inka Dinka Doo" (1933) - uncredited)
 1933 Sailor's Luck (writer: "A Sailor's Luck")
 1930 Son of the Gods (lyrics: "Pretty Little You" (1929) - uncredited)
 1930 A Night in a Dormitory (Short) (writer: "Stay with It", "Dormitory Number" - uncredited)
 1928 Frances White (Short) (lyrics: "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I" - uncredited)
 1927/II The Four Aristocrats (Short) (writer: "(The Gang That Sang) Heart of My Heart" - uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Ryan and Lee | Benny Ryan

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