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Robert Ryan (I) (1909–1973)


Distinguished U.S. actor and longtime civil rights campaigner Robert Bushnell Ryan was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Mable Arbutus (Bushnell), a secretary, and Timothy Aloysius Ryan, whose wealthy family owned a real estate firm. His father was of Irish ancestry, and his mother was of English and Irish descent. Ryan served in the United States ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch Deke Thornton
(1969)
Bad Day at Black Rock
(1955)
The Dirty Dozen
The Dirty Dozen Col. Everett Dasher Breed
(1967)
The Set-Up
The Set-Up Stoker
(1949)

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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
 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
 1961 The Canadians
Inspector William Gannon
 1960 Ice Palace
Thor Storm
 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 Escape to Burma
Jim Brecan
 1954 Her Twelve Men
Joe Hargrave
 1954 About Mrs. Leslie
George Leslie Hendersall
 1954 Alaska Seas
Matt Kelly
 1953 Inferno
Donald Whitley Carson III
 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 The Secret Fury
David McLean
 1949 The Woman on Pier 13
Brad Collins
 1949 Caught
Smith Ohlrig
 1948 The Boy with Green Hair
Dr. Evans
 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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3 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | See more »

Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)
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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. See more »

Trivia:

Shortly before his death from lung cancer at the age of sixty-three, Ryan publicly denounced his heavy use of cigarettes as the cause of his illness. See more »

Trademark:

Often played serious, temperamental men of action. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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