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[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.
Near 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 ...
Often played serious, temperamental men of action.