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Set in Riverside on the upper West Side of Manhattan, Ryan's Hope centered mostly on the working class Ryans... See more »
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29 wins & 47 nominations See more »
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Good soap, filled with now-familiar faces See more (10 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 393)
Michael Levin ... Jack Fenelli (908 episodes, 1975-1989)
Nancy Addison ... Jillian Coleridge (886 episodes, 1975-1989)
Helen Gallagher ... Maeve Ryan / ... (787 episodes, 1975-1989)
Ron Hale ... Dr. Roger Coleridge (759 episodes, 1975-1989)
John Gabriel ... Dr. Seneca Beaulac (726 episodes, 1975-1989)
Bernard Barrow ... Johnny Ryan (699 episodes, 1975-1989)

Ilene Kristen ... Delia Reid Ryan / ... (566 episodes, 1975-1989)
Louise Shaffer ... Rae Woodard (549 episodes, 1977-1989)

Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Frank Ryan (491 episodes, 1978-1981)

Earl Hindman ... Bob Reid / ... (459 episodes, 1975-1989)
Malcolm Groome ... Dr. Patrick Ryan (425 episodes, 1975-1989)
Randall Edwards ... Delia Reid Ryan Coleridge / ... (413 episodes, 1979-1982)

Kate Mulgrew ... Mary Ryan / ... (409 episodes, 1975-1989)
Karen Morris Gowdy ... Dr. Faith Coleridge / ... (405 episodes, 1978-1989)
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Series Directed by
Lela Swift (829 episodes, 1975-1989)
Jerry Evans (720 episodes, 1976-1986)
Robert Myhrum (39 episodes, 1975)
Lynwood King (27 episodes, 1976-1980)
Bruce Minnix (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
Michael Gliona (5 episodes, 1981)
Stephen Wyman (4 episodes, 1981)
William Woodman (2 episodes, 1979)
Robert Scinto (2 episodes, 1980)

John J. Desmond (unknown episodes)
Tom Donovan (unknown episodes)
Henry Kaplan (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Paul Avila Mayer (1,571 episodes, 1975-1981)
Claire Labine (1,570 episodes, 1975-1989)
Mary Munisteri (1,502 episodes, 1975-1981)
Judith Pinsker (877 episodes, 1976-1981)
Jeffrey Lane (647 episodes, 1977-1981)
Allan Leicht (264 episodes, 1975-1980)
Rory Metcalf (189 episodes, 1980-1981)
Sherry Coben (120 episodes, 1980-1981)
Suzanne Grossman (107 episodes, 1976)
Daniel C. Bredemann (61 episodes, 1981)
Nancy Ford (49 episodes, 1975)
Liz Coe (42 episodes, 1975-1976)
Thomas Babe (32 episodes, 1977)
Eric Lane (24 episodes, 1981)
Edward Stone (24 episodes, 1981)
Harold Apter (20 episodes, 1981)
Jonathan Bolt (19 episodes, 1979)
Elizabeth Levin (14 episodes, 1977)
Jerome Max (14 episodes, 1979)
David Trainer (13 episodes, 1977)
Susan Franklin (10 episodes, 1977-1978)
Peter Parnell (10 episodes, 1977)
Robert Lord (8 episodes, 1975)
Arthur Giron (7 episodes, 1978)
John Saffron (6 episodes, 1977)
Susan Seeger (5 episodes, 1977)
Mary Gamsu (5 episodes, 1978)
Marisa Gioffre (5 episodes, 1978)
Robin Hirst (5 episodes, 1978)
Eleanor Labine (4 episodes, 1975-1986)
James Raftery (2 episodes, 1978)
William Burritt (2 episodes, 1986)
Madeline B. David (2 episodes, 1986)
Tom King (2 episodes, 1986)
B.K. Perlman (2 episodes, 1986)
Dorothy Ann Purser (2 episodes, 1986)
Millee Taggart (2 episodes, 1986)

Roger Crews (unknown episodes, 1982-1983)
Trent Jones (unknown episodes, 1982-1983)
Eugene Price (unknown episodes, 1982-1983)
Kathleen Palladino (unknown episodes, 1983-1984)
Mardee Kravit (unknown episodes, 1984-1986)
Maura Penders (unknown episodes, 1984-1986)
Peter Brash (unknown episodes, 1984-1985)
James E. Reilly (unknown episodes, 1984-1985)
Betsy Tooker (unknown episodes, 1984-1985)
Martha Nochimson (unknown episodes, 1984)
Paul Vincent (unknown episodes, 1984)
Elizabeth Harrower (unknown episodes, 1985)
Joe LeSueur (unknown episodes, 1985)
Joe Orazi (unknown episodes, 1985)
Steve Lehrman (unknown episodes, 1986-1988)
Louise Shaffer (unknown episodes, 1987-1989)
David Appell (unknown episodes, 1987-1988)
Rocco Bufano (unknown episodes, 1988-1989)
Matt Labine (unknown episodes, 1988-1989)

Series Produced by
Paul Avila Mayer .... executive producer (1,410 episodes, 1975-1981)
Claire Labine .... executive producer (1,408 episodes, 1975-1981)
Ellen Barrett .... associate producer / producer (1,405 episodes, 1976-1981)
Nancy Horwich .... associate producer / producer (812 episodes, 1978-1986)
Robert Costello .... producer (747 episodes, 1975-1978)
Monroe E. Carol .... associate producer (226 episodes, 1975-1976)
George Lefferts .... producer (50 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Original Music by
Carey Gold (1,306 episodes, 1975-1981)
Charles Paul (156 episodes, 1981)
Earl Rose (15 episodes, 1985-1989)

Irving Robbin (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Carol Wood (1 episode, 1980)
 
Series Casting by
Shirley Rich (238 episodes, 1975-1976)
Fran Kumin (42 episodes, 1981)
Meg Simon (42 episodes, 1981)
Bonnie Golub (40 episodes, 1976)

Judy Wilson (unknown episodes, 1981-1987)
Mark Teschner (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Sy Tomashoff (1,472 episodes, 1975-1981)
Alan Kimmel (4 episodes, 1976)
Victor DiNapoli (4 episodes, 1978)
Gene Fabricatore (2 episodes, 1978)

Kevin Rupnik (unknown episodes)
Barry Williams (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Ramsey Mostoller (785 episodes, 1975-1980)
Bill Kellard (229 episodes, 1979-1980)
Honore Walsh (213 episodes, 1978-1979)
Michele Reisch (107 episodes, 1980-1981)
Alex Tolken (101 episodes, 1981)
David Murin (82 episodes, 1980-1981)
Nancy Adzima (9 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Makeup Department
David H. Lawrence .... makeup artist (910 episodes, 1975-1979)
Thomas Colesant .... hair stylist (762 episodes, 1975-1978)
John Keith Quinn .... hair stylist / assistant makeup artist (553 episodes, 1978-1981)
James Cola .... makeup artist (538 episodes, 1976-1981)
John Delaat .... hair stylist (138 episodes, 1981)
Scott W. Farley .... hair stylist (44 episodes, 1981)
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist (34 episodes, 1979)
Josephine Foerderer .... makeup artist (31 episodes, 1980)
Joseph Cola .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1979)
Henri Chevrier .... hair stylist (12 episodes, 1981)
Tracy Kelly .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1981)
Charlene Monagas .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1978)
Mira Stern .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1978)
Anthony Cortino .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 1977)
Mona Orr .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1979)
Jay Harkins .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1978)

Charlene Monogas .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Jerry Zweben .... unit manager (676 episodes, 1975-1979)
John Ginocchio .... unit manager / unit production manager (655 episodes, 1978-1981)
Shirley Wainwright .... unit manager / unit production manager (218 episodes, 1980-1981)
Loy Nilson .... unit manager (135 episodes, 1975-1976)
Vernard Gantt .... unit manager (42 episodes, 1981)
Irene Largotta .... unit manager (21 episodes, 1977-1978)
Debbie Cox-Riches .... unit manager (4 episodes, 1976)
Peter A. Runfolo .... location production manager (3 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Suellen Goldstein .... associate director (1,385 episodes, 1975-1981)
Susan Pomerantz .... associate director (53 episodes, 1980-1981)
Diana Wenman .... location associate director / associate director (16 episodes, 1978)
Ken Rockefeller .... associate director (15 episodes, 1980)
John Steinmetz .... associate director (10 episodes, 1976)
Patricia Bannon Bensley .... location associate director (7 episodes, 1979)
John Neukum .... associate director (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
I.M. Blumenfutter .... associate director (4 episodes, 1976)
Ken McEwen .... associate director (3 episodes, 1979)
Harriet Wohl .... location associate director (3 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Art Department
Herbert Gruber .... scenic artist (921 episodes, 1977-1981)
Hy Bley .... graphic arts (2 episodes, 1975)

Charles E. McCarry .... set designer (unknown episodes, 1981)
Peter Allburn .... scenic artist (unknown episodes)
Alan Kimmel .... scenic designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Terry Ross .... sound effects editor (1,200 episodes, 1975-1981)
William John Deblock .... sound / audio (529 episodes, 1977-1981)
Jonathan Lory .... sound (335 episodes, 1975-1979)
Fran Gertler .... sound (324 episodes, 1976-1978)
Kenneth Weaver .... sound (305 episodes, 1975-1979)
Lee M. Goldman .... audio (263 episodes, 1979-1980)
Tom McCue .... sound (198 episodes, 1976-1979)
Howard Zweig .... sound (185 episodes, 1975-1978)
Kathleen Jalbert .... sound / audio (168 episodes, 1980-1981)
Frank Puma .... sound (158 episodes, 1978)
William Nicosia .... sound (95 episodes, 1981)
James Oliver .... sound effects editor (64 episodes, 1980-1981)
Al James .... sound effects editor / sound effects (44 episodes, 1976-1979)
Sy Paget .... sound (41 episodes, 1976)
Roy Carch .... sound effects (35 episodes, 1979-1981)
Peter Bohm .... sound (28 episodes, 1981)
John Basso .... sound (27 episodes, 1978)
Steve Hammer .... sound effects editor / sound (25 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jack Kestenbaum .... sound (21 episodes, 1979)
Dick Maitland .... sound effects editor (19 episodes, 1978-1979)
Phil Austin .... sound (16 episodes, 1976)
Bob Martoreno .... audio (15 episodes, 1980)
Vincent Perry .... sound (13 episodes, 1976)
Paul Colten .... sound (12 episodes, 1981)
Bob Prescott Jr. .... sound effects editor (10 episodes, 1976-1977)
Michael Goldberg .... sound (10 episodes, 1981)
Barbara Wood .... sound effects editor (9 episodes, 1978)
Bob Martorano .... audio (9 episodes, 1980)
Dan Klein .... sound (4 episodes, 1976)
William Power .... sound (3 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Stunts
Sonny Landham .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1980)
Alex Stevens .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1980)

Victoria Vanderkloot .... stunt woman: high fall (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Kerr .... camera operator (1,148 episodes, 1975-1981)
John Connolly .... lighting director (1,084 episodes, 1975-1981)
Frank Merklein .... camera operator (1,046 episodes, 1975-1981)
Mary Flood .... camera operator (791 episodes, 1977-1981)
Joseph Schiavo .... camera operator (451 episodes, 1976-1978)
William Rego .... video operator (203 episodes, 1978-1979)
Karla Mitidieri .... camera operator (182 episodes, 1979-1981)
Everett Melosh .... lighting director (165 episodes, 1976-1981)
Linda W. Horowitz .... video operator (125 episodes, 1979-1980)
Linda Wallach .... video operator (118 episodes, 1980)
Peter H. Blank .... camera operator (106 episodes, 1976)
Dennis Size .... lighting director (102 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bob Wolff .... camera operator (73 episodes, 1978-1980)
John Cordone .... camera operator (64 episodes, 1975-1979)
Frank Melchiorre .... camera operator (60 episodes, 1975-1976)
Billy Rego .... video operator (60 episodes, 1977-1980)
Roy Hutchins .... camera operator (57 episodes, 1975-1976)
Howard Sharrott .... lighting director (42 episodes, 1975-1977)
Vincent Senatore .... camera operator (37 episodes, 1976)
Jimmie Scurti .... camera operator (36 episodes, 1975-1976)
Jay Merklien .... camera operator (31 episodes, 1975-1976)
Patrick McEntee .... video operator (29 episodes, 1977)
Michael Thornburgh .... lighting director (25 episodes, 1981)
Frank Venta .... camera operator (21 episodes, 1978-1980)
Chris Mauro .... camera operator (19 episodes, 1981)
Jo Meyer .... lighting director (17 episodes, 1978)
Al Romero .... lighting director (14 episodes, 1980)
Jay Kenn .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1978)
Paul Fanelli .... lighting director (12 episodes, 1975)
Richie Westline .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1979)
Joe Herbst .... video (11 episodes, 1975-1978)
Bob Bernstein .... camera operator (11 episodes, 1981)
Joe Weems .... video operator (10 episodes, 1979)
Bill Itkin .... lighting director (9 episodes, 1975)
Ken Amov .... video (9 episodes, 1980)
Al Gianetta .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1976)
Leonard Size .... lighting director (8 episodes, 1980-1981)
Joe Cotugno .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1981)
Lee Burton .... video (7 episodes, 1975)
Robert Copper .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1976)
Rudy Piccirillo .... video / video operator (6 episodes, 1975-1980)
W.G. Norman .... lighting director (6 episodes, 1979)
Dick Campo .... video operator (5 episodes, 1978)
Donald Gavitt .... lighting director (5 episodes, 1979)
Pat Hubbard .... video (4 episodes, 1975)
Bob Shultis .... video (4 episodes, 1976)
Tom Mortellaro .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1977)
Judy Willinger .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1981)
Ed Pontorno .... video (3 episodes, 1975)
Dick Williams .... video / video operator (2 episodes, 1978-1981)

Jo Mayer .... lighting director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Bobby Hoffman .... casting consultant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Pat Malik .... editor: video tape (664 episodes, 1977-1980)
Walter Urbanski .... editor: video tape (362 episodes, 1977-1980)
Dan Rosenson .... editor: video tape (311 episodes, 1977-1979)
Nat Rogers .... editor: video tape (182 episodes, 1980-1981)
Carol Wood .... editor: video tape (145 episodes, 1980-1981)
Jack Hierl .... editor: video tape (86 episodes, 1981)
Bob Chaffardet .... editor: video tape (30 episodes, 1978)
Steve Kirk .... editor: video tape (30 episodes, 1978)
Paul Perkurney .... editor: video tape (10 episodes, 1980)
Mark Stephen Bogni .... editor: video tape (9 episodes, 1979)
Barbara Robinson .... editor: video tape (8 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Location Management
Chuck Mertz .... location unit manager (43 episodes, 1978-1979)
Loy Nilson .... location unit manager (36 episodes, 1978)
Arthur Minor .... location property man (25 episodes, 1978-1980)
Babs de Pina .... location production assistant (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Linda Haftel .... location assistant to the producer (7 episodes, 1979)
Jeffrey Lane .... location production assistant (7 episodes, 1979)
William J. Egan .... location stage manager (7 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Music Department
Sybil Weinberger .... music supervisor / location mix supervisor (1,482 episodes, 1975-1981)
 
Series Other crew
Dick Briggs .... stage manager (1,362 episodes, 1975-1981)
George Whitaker .... technical director (1,223 episodes, 1975-1981)
Rudy Piccirillo .... video (939 episodes, 1975-1980)
Dick Williams .... video (827 episodes, 1975-1981)
Nancy Horwich .... production assistant (626 episodes, 1975-1978)
Babs de Pina .... production assistant / assistant to producer / ... (422 episodes, 1979-1981)
Jeffrey Lane .... production assistant / production coordinator (345 episodes, 1978-1979)
Laura Rakowitz .... production assistant (332 episodes, 1980-1981)
Stephen Schenkel .... creative consultant (196 episodes, 1975-1976)
John Monteleone .... video (175 episodes, 1976)
Bill Degenhardt .... technical director (87 episodes, 1978-1981)
Pat Hubbard .... video (85 episodes, 1975-1976)
Linda Wallach .... video (61 episodes, 1980-1981)
Dave Fee .... technical director (49 episodes, 1976-1981)
Rolf Drucker .... technical director (45 episodes, 1975)
Jo Umans .... production assistant (43 episodes, 1979)
J.J. Lupatkin .... technical director (42 episodes, 1976-1981)
William J. Egan .... stage manager (26 episodes, 1976-1980)
Eileen Furey .... production assistant (25 episodes, 1978-1979)
Diana Wenman .... stage manager (25 episodes, 1978)
Barbara Teller .... production assistant (23 episodes, 1976)
Ernie Baxter .... stage manager (23 episodes, 1980-1981)
Peter Stern .... stage manager (22 episodes, 1981)
Gene Affrunti .... technical director (21 episodes, 1978)
Joseph Solomito .... technical director (17 episodes, 1978-1979)
Nelson Navarro .... stage manager (14 episodes, 1978)
Gerry Crosland .... stage manager (12 episodes, 1980)
John Cordone .... technical director (11 episodes, 1976)
Bud Weil .... stage manager (7 episodes, 1976)
Dick Fee .... technical director (6 episodes, 1976-1981)
Joyce Coe .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1977)
Gene Houghey .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1981)
Harriet Rohr .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1979)
John Neukum .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1977)
Joan Kennedy .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1976)
Howard Zweig .... technical director (3 episodes, 1979)
Barry Klemons .... technical director (2 episodes, 1980)
Chet Mazurek .... technical director (2 episodes, 1981)
 

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30 min (1975-1989)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (1975-1984) | Stereo (1984-1989)
Certification:
USA:TV-PG (2000-)

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good soap, filled with now-familiar faces, 25 July 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Ryan's Hope, the story of the Ryan family, was a wonderful show filmed in New York City, thereby giving it the advantage of some veteran stage actors as well as newcomers. The cast was led by the amazing Helen Gallagher, a great musical theater star, as the matriarch of the Ryan family, Maeve. Maeve and her husband Johnny (the late Bernard Barrow) ran a bar/restaurant and were the linchpins of the soap. Their children were Frank, Mary, Siobhan, Patrick, and the seldom seen Kathleen. The Coleridges - attorney Jillian and two doctors, Faith and Roger - were the other family, a bit higher in class but nevertheless closely tied to the Ryans.

Along the way, many young actors cut their teeth on "Ryan's Hope" - Kate Mulgrew, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Corbin Bernsen, Marg Helgenberger, Ilene Kirstin, Gordon Thomson, Roscoe Born, Earl Hindman and Ron Hale, to name just a few. Today Hale and Kirstin are still soap actors, as was Roscoe Born until recently, while Hindman, Mulgrew, Bersen, Daniel Hugh Kelly and Helgenberger went on to TV series fame (Hindman was the neighbor in "Home Improvement").

In the beginning, the great interest (for me anyway) was the love story between sexy reporter Jack Fenelli (Michael Levin) and Mary Ryan (Kate Mulgrew). The character of Frank started out with an older actor - Christian Slater's father, if memory serves - and there were several Franks, the best remembered probably being Daniel Hugh Kelly. The beautiful, classy Nancy Addison, unfortunately now deceased, was Jill Coleridge throughout the series, and Hale was her brother Roger. Their sister, Faith, was played by more the one actress, the most memorable being Karen Morris Gowdy (now a Connecticut socialite). Delia, Frank's wife and ultimately ex-wife, and Roger's wife and ultimately ex-wife, and a royal pain, was played by both Randall Edwards and Ilene Kirstin, more successfully by Kirstin, in my opinion.

The series had some interesting plots. Two I especially liked were the Gordon Thomson story arc where he played Alexander Benedict White, an Egyptologist who becomes involved with Faith in an intriguing story; and the other involved a relative of the Ryan's, E.J., an ambitious reporter trying to find out if a soap actress, Barbara Wilding, is faking leg paralysis. Unfortunately for me, Soapnet stopped the series in 1981 - in the middle of both of these plots. The word is that they are going to continue the series this time around. Let's hope.

"Ryan's Hope" started to lose steam around 1983 and limped to cancellation in 1989. But seeing it on Soapnet, one is reminded of how good it was at least from 1975-1983, before it became influenced by the breakout success of "General Hospital" and veered from its original structure. At its best, "Ryan's Hope" was more like the English soaps such as Crossroads - about the middle class in a big city, their lives and loves.

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