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Robert Ryan (I) (1909–1973)


Chicago-born, distinguished U.S. actor and longtime civil rights campaigner, Robert Ryan served in the United States Marines as a drill sergeant (winning a boxing championship) and went on to become a key figure in post WWII American film noir and western productions. Ryan grabbed critical attention for his dynamic performances as an anti-Semitic ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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 1973 Executive Action
Robert Foster
 1973 The Outfit
Mailer
 1973 Lolly-Madonna XXX
Pap Gutshall
 1971 The Love Machine
Gregory 'Greg' Austin
 1970 The Reason Why (Short)
Roger
 1968 Anzio
General Carson
 1967 Custer of the West
Sgt. Patrick Mulligan
 1967 The Busy Body
Charley Barker
 1966 The Professionals
Ehrengard
 1965 The Secret Agents
General Bruce
 1965 The Crooked Road
Richard Ashley
 1962 Billy Budd
John Claggart - Master of Arms
 1961 The Canadians
Inspector William Gannon
 1960 Ice Palace
Thor Storm
 1959 Odds Against Tomorrow
Earle Slater
 1959 Day of the Outlaw
Blaise Starrett
 1957 Men in War
Lt. Benson
 1956 Back from Eternity
Bill Lonagan
 1956 The Proud Ones
Marshal Cass Silver
 1955 The Tall Men
Nathan Stark
 1955 House of Bamboo
Sandy Dawson
 1955 Escape to Burma
Jim Brecan
 1954 Her Twelve Men
Joe Hargrave
 1954 About Mrs. Leslie
George Leslie
 1954 Alaska Seas
Matt Kelly
 1953 Inferno
Donald Whitley Carson III
 1951 On Dangerous Ground
Jim Wilson
 1951 Flying Leathernecks
Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin
 1951 Best of the Badmen
Jeff Clanton
 1951 Hard, Fast and Beautiful
Seabright Tennis Match Spectator (uncredited)
 1950 Born to Be Bad
Nick Bradley
 1950 The Secret Fury
David McLean
 1949 The Woman on Pier 13
Bradley Collins / Frank Johnson
 1949 The Set-Up
Stoker
 1949 Caught
Smith Ohlrig
 1948 Act of Violence
Joe Parkson
 1948 The Boy with Green Hair
Dr. Evans
 1948 Berlin Express
Robert Lindley
 1947 Crossfire
Montgomery
 1947 The Woman on the Beach
Scott
 1947 Trail Street
Allen Harper
 1944 Golden Gloves (Short)
 1944 Marine Raiders
Capt. Dan Craig
 1943 Tender Comrade
Chris Jones
 1943 Gangway for Tomorrow
Joe Dunham
 1943 The Iron Major
Father Timothy 'Tim' Donovan
 1943 Behind the Rising Sun
Lefty O'Doyle
 1943/I The Sky's the Limit
Reginald Fenton
 1943 Bombardier
Joe Connors
 1940 The Texas Rangers Ride Again
Eddie (uncredited)
 1940 North West Mounted Police
Constable Dumont
 1940 Golden Gloves
Pete Wells
 1940 Queen of the Mob
Jim
 1940 The Ghost Breakers
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Joe W. Doyle") in "Clash by Night" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Clifford Odets. Scenic Design by Boris Aronson. Directed by Lee Strasberg. Belasco Theatre: 27 Dec 1941-7 Feb 1942 (49 performances). Cast: Seth Arnold (as "Vincent Kress"), Tallulah Bankhead (as "Mae Wilenski"), Ralph Chambers (as "Mr. Potter"), ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | See more »

Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)
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Personal Quote:

[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. See more »

Trivia:

A close friend of Lee Marvin. See more »

Trademark:

Often played stern authority figures, in sharp contrast to his real life persona. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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