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Fran Ryan (1916–2000)


As an American character actress, Fran Ryan was a familiar face on stage, screen and television from her theatrical stage debut in the 1950s and continuing for nearly three decades. Ryan's similarity to actress Marjorie Main was soon noticed in the late 1960s, and she frequently played tough, mean-lipped, earthy and gruff-but-lovable female ... See full bio »

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 1993 The Commish (TV Series)
Doris
- Dying Affection (1993) ... Doris
 1993 River of Rage: The Taking of Maggie Keene (TV Movie)
Hattie Clandell
 1993 Suture
Mrs. Lucerne
 1992 Tiny Toon Adventures (TV Series)
Grandma Duff
- Grandma's Dead (1992) ... Grandma Duff (voice)
 1991 Little Dracula (TV Series)
Hannah the Barbarian (voice)
 1991 Homefront (TV Series)
Sister Theophane
- Sinners Reconciled (1991) ... Sister Theophane
 1991 Baywatch (TV Series)
Tillie McCabe
- Thin or Die (1991) ... Tillie McCabe
 1991 Davis Rules (TV Series)
Miss Catworthy
- Mission: Improbable (1991) ... Miss Catworthy
 1990 The New Adam-12 (TV Series)
Ida Collins
- Blue Avengers (1990) ... Ida Collins
 1990 Thanksgiving Day (TV Movie)
Lois
 1990 Over My Dead Body (TV Series)
Building Manager
- Pilot (1990) ... Building Manager
 1990 Quantum Leap (TV Series)
Dorothy Jaeger
- The Boogieman - October 31, 1964 (1990) ... Dorothy Jaeger
 1987-1990 Night Court (TV Series)
Miss Crombie / Ethel La Rue
- A Family Affair: Part 2 (1990) ... Miss Crombie
- A Family Affair: Part 1 (1990) ... Miss Crombie
- Paternity (1987) ... Ethel La Rue
 1990 Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers (TV Series)
School teacher / Camembert Kate
- A Fly in the Ointment (1990) ... School teacher
- A Lean on the Property (1990) ... Camembert Kate
 1990 The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (TV Series)
Fran
- Episode #1.5 (1990) ... Fran
- Episode #1.4 (1990) ... Fran
- Episode #1.3 (1990) ... Fran
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Fran
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Fran
 1990 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Mrs. Kramer
- Take My Mom, Please (1990) ... Mrs. Kramer
 1989 Forever Knight (TV Series)
Jeannie
- Nick Knight (1989) ... Jeannie
 1989 Matlock (TV Series)
Doris Curtis
- The Priest (1989) ... Doris Curtis
 1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Rose
- The Sins of Castle Cove (1989) ... Rose
 1989 Chances Are
Mavis Talmadge
 1989 Out Cold
Arlene
 1988 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
The Asp
- Nowhere to Run (1988) ... The Asp
 1988 Mr. Belvedere (TV Series)
Mrs. Deferschmidt
- Duel (1988) ... Mrs. Deferschmidt
 1988 Lucky Stiff
Ma
 1987 Houston Knights (TV Series)
- Secrets (1987)
 1987 Webster (TV Series)
Lt. Col. Howard
- Grab Bag (1987) ... Lt. Col. Howard
 1987 Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (TV Movie)
Hannah
 1987 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Lil
- Man's Best Friend: Part 2 (1987) ... Lil
- Man's Best Friend: Part 1 (1987) ... Lil
 1987 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Mike's new secretary
- A Blinding Fear (1987) ... Mike's new secretary
 1986-1987 The Wizard (TV Series)
Tillie Russell
- H.E.N.R.I. VIII (1987) ... Tillie Russell
- Papa Simon (1987) ... Tillie Russell
- The Aztec Dagger (1987) ... Tillie Russell
- Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves (1987) ... Tillie Russell
- Daydream Believer (1987) ... Tillie Russell
 1986 Quiet Cool
Ma
 1986 Stewardess School
Fainting Lady
 1986 Brothers (TV Series)
Mrs. Murphy
- Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (1986) ... Mrs. Murphy
 1986 Fuzzbucket (TV Movie)
Mrs. Langendorf
 1986 The Colbys (TV Series)
Helen Webster
- Anniversary Waltz (1986) ... Helen Webster
 1986 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Mrs. Vassah
- In the Eye of the Beholder (1986) ... Mrs. Vassah
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Mrs. Abbott
- The Sitter (1986) ... Mrs. Abbott
 1985 Punky Brewster (TV Series)
Isabelle Peevy
- Love Thy Neighbor (1985) ... Isabelle Peevy
 1985 Rebel Love
Granny Plug
 1985 Hell Town (TV Movie)
Mother Maggie
 1985 The Sure Thing
Lady in Car
 1985 Hollywood Wives (TV Mini-Series)
Nina Carrolle
 1984 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Mary Minot
- The Rise and Fall of Paul the Wall (1984) ... Mary Minot
 1983-1984 Three's Company (TV Series)
Grace / Hilda
- The Heiress (1984) ... Grace
- Like Father, Like Son (1983) ... Hilda
 1983 Manimal (TV Series)
Sadie
- Night of the Beast (1983) ... Sadie
 1983 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Cass
- Solitary Confinements (1983) ... Cass
 1983 Eyes of Fire
Sister - Calvin's Wife
 1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Maggie
- Marilyn (1983) ... Maggie
 1983 Mister T (TV Series) (voice)
 1983 Private School
Miss Dutchbok
 1983 Ghost Dancing (TV Movie)
Judge
 1983 The Optimist (TV Series)
Matron
- Healthy Body, Unhealthy Mind (1983) ... Matron
 1983 It Takes Two (TV Series)
Bridget
- Mother and Child Reunion (1983) ... Bridget
 1983 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
Mother Superior
- The Monastery Show (1983) ... Mother Superior
 1982 Johnny Belinda (TV Movie)
Aunt Aggie McAdam
 1982 Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice (TV Movie)
Beatrice's Mother
 1982 No Soap, Radio (TV Series)
Mrs. Belmont
- The Bum's Rush (1982) ... Mrs. Belmont
- Miss Pelican (1982) ... Mrs. Belmont
- Karen Fools Around (1982) ... Mrs. Belmont
- Carmine the Squealer (1982) ... Mrs. Belmont
- Pilot (1982) ... Mrs. Belmont
 1982 Savannah Smiles
Farmer Wilma
 1982 Taxi (TV Series)
Mrs. Weber
- Elegant Iggy (1982) ... Mrs. Weber
 1982 Shoot the Moon
Judge (uncredited)
 1982 Father Murphy (TV Series)
Toby's Mom
- Eighty-Eight Keys to Happiness (1982) ... Toby's Mom
 1981 Stripes
Dowager in Cab
 1981 The Adventures of Nellie Bly (TV Movie)
Mrs. Roman
 1981 The Waltons (TV Series)
Eula Mae Moonie
- The Hostage (1981) ... Eula Mae Moonie
 1981 Take This Job and Shove It
Mrs. Hinkle
 1981 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
Ma Harper
- Duke vs. Duke (1981) ... Ma Harper
 1981 Americana
Colonel
 1981 Circle of Power
Marie Davis
 1980 When the Whistle Blows (TV Series)
May
- Wildcatters (1980) ... May
 1979 Goldie and the Boxer (TV Movie)
Cook
 1979 Who's on Call? (TV Series)
Nurse Bremer
 1979 Rocky II
Adrian's Nurse
 1979 Salvage 1 (TV Series)
Melba
- Confederate Gold (1979) ... Melba
 1978-1979 Carter Country (TV Series)
Martha
- The Big Move: Part 2 (1979) ... Martha
- Roy's Separation (1978)
 1979 How the West Was Won (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Holmes
- Hillary (1979) ... Mrs. Holmes
 1977-1978 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Belle Asher / Nurse Fager
- Pom Pom Angels (1978) ... Belle Asher
- Terror on Ward One (1977) ... Nurse Fager
 1978 CHiPs (TV Series)
Nancy / Lady Driver
- Trick or Trick (1978) ... Nancy
- Surf's Up (1978) ... Lady Driver
 1976-1978 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Landlady / Miss Bycroft / Stella
- Photo Finish (1978) ... Landlady
- Murder Ward (1977) ... Miss Bycroft
- JoJo (1976) ... Stella
 1978 The Great Brain
Aunt Bertha
 1978 Big Wednesday
Lucy
 1978 Straight Time
Cafe Owner
 1977-1978 One Day at a Time (TV Series)
Eve / Nurse
- The Dress Designer (1978) ... Eve
- Julie's Operation (1977) ... Nurse
 1977 Flush
Belle Chance
 1977 Deadly Game (TV Movie)
Frieda Beezly
 1977 James at 16 (TV Series)
Woman Construction Worker
- Higher Ground (1977) ... Woman Construction Worker
 1977 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Mrs. Hirsch, Homeless Woman
- Corporation (1977) ... Mrs. Hirsch, Homeless Woman
 1976-1977 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)
Rosie Carlson
- Episode #1.2962 (1977) ... Rosie Carlson
- Episode #1.2667 (1976) ... Rosie Carlson
 1977 Panic in Echo Park (TV Movie)
 1976 Visions (TV Series)
Martha Stedman
- Liza's Pioneer Diary (1976) ... Martha Stedman
 1976 Stalk the Wild Child (TV Movie)
Ellen Mott
 1976 The Quest (TV Series)
Mag Wood
- Seventy-Two Hours (1976) ... Mag Wood
 1976 Family Plot
Registrar Clerk (uncredited)
 1976 Good Heavens (TV Series)
Ma Buckingham
- See Jane Run (1976) ... Ma Buckingham
 1975 The Rookies (TV Series)
Ma Burker
- Ladies Day (1975) ... Ma Burker
 1975 The Family Holvak (TV Series)
Mavis Bidwell
- The Long Way Home: Part 2 (1975) ... Mavis Bidwell
 1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang
Mrs. Stockley
 1972-1975 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Hannah / Mrs. Keller
- Manolo (1975) ... Hannah
- The Busters (1975) ... Hannah
- Brides and Grooms (1975) ... Hannah
- The Wiving (1974) ... Hannah
 1974 Devlin (TV Series)
Additional Voices (voice)
 1974 Hong Kong Phooey (TV Series) (voice)
 1974 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Flora
- Hog Wild: Part 2 (1974) ... Flora
- Hog Wild: Part 1 (1974) ... Flora
 1974 Hog Wild (TV Movie)
Flora
 1974 How to Seduce a Woman
Mrs. Toklas
 1973 Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (TV Series)
Gertrude
- Make Room for Big Daddy (1973) ... Gertrude
- It's Your Move (1973) ... Gertrude
 1973 The New Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Mom
- Exit Laughing (1973) ... Mom
 1972 Columbo (TV Series)
Woman at airport
- Dagger of the Mind (1972) ... Woman at airport (uncredited)
 1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
E.R. Nurse
- A Very Strange Triangle (1972) ... E.R. Nurse
 1972 Ironside (TV Series)
Charge Nurse
 1972 New Zoo Revue (TV Series)
Ms. Goodbody
 1972 Pickup on 101 (uncredited)
 1972 Return to Peyton Place (TV Series)
Dr. Helen Randall (1974)
 1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Widow Lucas
- A Visit to Upright (1972) ... Widow Lucas
 1972 McCloud (TV Series)
Nurse
- Give My Regrets to Broadway (1972) ... Nurse
 1972 Nichols (TV Series)
Minnie Dowd
- About Jesse James (1972) ... Minnie Dowd
 1971 The Jimmy Stewart Show (TV Series)
Laundromat Manager
- Guest of Honor (1971) ... Laundromat Manager
 1971 The Million Dollar Duck
Mrs. Purdham (uncredited)
 1971 Scandalous John
Farm Woman
 1970 Scream, Evelyn, Scream!
The Old Woman
 1970 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
1st Wife
- My Son, the Feminist (1970) ... 1st Wife
 1970 Men at Law (TV Series)
Mrs. Kenton
- Where Were We, Waldo? (1970) ... Mrs. Kenton
 1970 The Brady Bunch (TV Series)
Mrs. Hunsaker
- To Move or Not to Move (1970) ... Mrs. Hunsaker
 1970 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
Switchboard Operator
- One of Our Hotels Is Growing (1970) ... Switchboard Operator
 1969 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Mrs. Killian
- Log 142: As High as You Are (1969) ... Mrs. Killian
 1969 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Beal
- Rules Is Rules (1969) ... Mrs. Beal
 1969 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (TV Series)
Rosie
- The Wonderful Old Saloon (1969) ... Rosie
 1969 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Nurse Prifogle
- A Matter of Humanities (1969) ... Nurse Prifogle
 1969 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Mrs. Jones
- Love and Equity (1969) ... Mrs. Jones
 1968 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Aggie Thompson
- The Camping Trip (1968) ... Aggie Thompson
- The Librarian (1968) ... Aggie Thompson
- The Black Eye (1968) ... Aggie Thompson
- Leroy B. Simpson (1968) ... Aggie Thompson
- The Antique (1968) ... Aggie Thompson
 1968 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Mrs. Meek
- The Housekeeper (1968) ... Mrs. Meek
 1967 The Second Hundred Years (TV Series)
Mrs. Sanders
- No Experience Necessary (1967) ... Mrs. Sanders
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
Chairlady
- The Greatest Mother of Them All (1966) ... Chairlady
 1965 Mickey One
Homeless Woman (uncredited)
 1963 General Hospital (TV Series)
Sister Agatha (1979)
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Fran Ryan frequently played Ms. Goodbody on the 1970's children's program "The New Zoo Revue", which featured Doug Momary and Emily "Emmy Jo" Peden, along with Freddy the Frog, Henrietta Hippo, and Charlie the Owl
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Trivia:

Often compared to the gruff but lovable Marjorie Main.

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