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[on the 'amazing experience' of old Hollywood] The conformity of the material was a problem, true. But the old system had virtues. [They] would gamble once in a while on an offbeat picture... We all had to go to film school, and we worked in hordes of pictures - B pictures - which were shot very fast.
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 stern authority figures, in sharp contrast to his real life persona.