John P. Ryan (1936–2007)

Up 475 this week
2:37 | Trailer
Character actor John P. Ryan was born on July 30, 1936 in New York City. The son of Irish immigrant parents, Ryan graduated from Rice High School and studied English at the City College of New York, where he first developed an interest in acting. He served six years in the US Army and worked as a welfare investigator prior to pursuing an acting ... See full bio »

7 Best Cold Opens From "The Office"

Relive the funniest moments that happened before the opening credits of "The Office."

Watch the video

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

On Prime Video

Watch on TV

Cagney & Lacey
Organized Crime (S4, Ep22)
Fri, Aug 14 5:00 PM PDT on KCBSDT2 (201)
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection
Sat, Aug 15 8:44 AM PDT on STZENA (646)

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 people
created 05 Dec 2018
a list of 38 people
created 27 Jul 2015
a list of 45 people
created 7 months ago
a list of 4506 people
created 14 Aug 2014
a list of 231 people
created 17 Dec 2015

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of John P. Ryan's work have you seen?

User Polls


Known For

Runaway Train Ranken
Bound Mickey Malnato
The Right Stuff Head of Program


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (77 credits)
 1996 Bound
Mickey Malnato (as John Ryan)
 1995 Tall Tale
 1994 The Patriots
Arthur (as John Ryan)
 1994 Bad Blood
John Blackstone (as John T. Ryan)
 1993 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Buzz Bronski (voice)
 1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (TV Series)
Sheriff Bob Cavendish
- Showdown (1993) ... Sheriff Bob Cavendish
 1993 Johnny Bago (TV Series)
- Johnny's Manly Act (1993) ... Sheriff
 1993 Young Goodman Brown
The Devil
 1992 Hoffa
Red Bennett
 1992 White Sands
Arms Dealer (uncredited)
 1992 Star Time
Sam Bones
 1991 Blood River (TV Movie)
Henry Logan, Rancher
 1990 Final Stage
the Character and the Actor
 1990/II Eternity
Thomas Vandervere / Prosecutor
 1990 Class of 1999
Mr. Hardin
 1989 Best of the Best
 1989 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Jake Manning
- The Cell Within (1989) ... Jake Manning
 1988 Paramedics
Captain Prescott
 1987 City of Shadows
Sergeant Fireman
 1987 Rent-a-Cop
 1987 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
Nathan White
 1987 Fatal Beauty
Lt. Kellerman
 1987 Three O'Clock High
Mr. O'Rourke
 1987 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Hendrick Hudson / Narrator
- Rip Van Winkle (1987) ... Hendrick Hudson / Narrator
 1986 Houston: The Legend of Texas (TV Movie)
David Burnett
 1986 Avenging Force
Prof. Elliott Glastenbury
 1985 Hollywood Beat (TV Series)
Blackie Scanlon
- Fast Hustle (1985) ... Blackie Scanlon
 1985 Runaway Train
 1985 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Philip Corrigan
- Organized Crime (1985) ... Philip Corrigan
 1985 Matt Houston (TV Series)
- The Nightmare Man (1985) ... Bart
 1984 The Cotton Club
Joe Flynn (as John Ryan)
 1984 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Stewart Crawford
- Break a Leg, Darling (1984) ... Stewart Crawford
 1983 The Right Stuff
Head of Program
 1983 Shooting Stars (TV Movie)
 1983 Breathless
Lt. Parmental
 1983 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Peter Doyle
- Miss Lonelyhearts (1983) ... Peter Doyle (as John Ryan)
 1982 The Devlin Connection (TV Series)
 1982 The Escape Artist
 1982 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Major Van Zandt
- That Darn Kid (1982) ... Major Van Zandt
 1980 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Milo Vitt
- Murder, Murder on the Wall (1980) ... Milo Vitt
 1980 Willow B: Women in Prison (TV Movie)
Mr. Canady
 1980 On the Nickel
 1980 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series)
Kurt Belzack
- Twiki Is Missing (1980) ... Kurt Belzack
 1980 Paris (TV Series)
Joe Larkin
- Fitz's Boys (1980) ... Joe Larkin
 1979 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Guido Marioni
- Good Help Is Hard to Find (1979) ... Guido Marioni
 1979 Kaz (TV Series)
- A Piece of Cake (1979)
 1977-1979 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Detective Luke Huntley / Frank Malone
- Birds of a Feather (1979) ... Detective Luke Huntley (as John Ryan)
- I Love You, Rosey Malone (1977) ... Frank Malone
 1978 It Lives Again
Frank Davis
 1977 Kill Me If You Can (TV Movie)
 1977 A Killing Affair (TV Movie)
 1977 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
- Dirty Money, Black Light (1977) ... Dearborn
 1976 Futureworld
Dr. Schneider (as John Ryan)
 1976 The Missouri Breaks
Si (as John Ryan)
 1975 Matt Helm (TV Series)
Carl Ainsley
- Murder on the Run (1975) ... Carl Ainsley
 1975 Death Scream (TV Movie)
Detective Dave Lambert (as John Ryan)
 1975 Archer (TV Series)
Lieutenant Barney Brighton
- Blood Money (1975) ... Lieutenant Barney Brighton
- The Vanished Man (1975) ... Lieutenant Barney Brighton
- Shades of Blue (1975) ... Lieutenant Barney Brighton
- The Arsonist (1975) ... Lieutenant Barney Brighton
- The Turkish Connection (1975) ... Lieutenant Barney Brighton
 1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
- Sidewinder (1975) ... Collier
 1975 Target Risk (TV Movie)
Ralph Sloan
 1974 It's Alive
Frank Davies (as John Ryan)
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
Peter Ibbotson
- Cop in a Cage (1974) ... Peter Ibbotson
 1973 Cops and Robbers
Patsy O'Neill
 1973 Dillinger
Charles Mackley (as John Ryan)
 1973 Shamus
Col. Hardcore
 1972 The King of Marvin Gardens
Surtees (as John Ryan)
 1972 The Legend of Nigger Charley
Houston (as John Ryan)
 1970 Five Easy Pieces
Spicer (as John Ryan)
 1968-1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
William Quine / Ernie Flood
- The Swindler (1969) ... William Quine
- Breakthrough (1968) ... Ernie Flood
 1967-1968 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Head Tough
- Money Man (1967) ... Head Tough (as John P. Ryan)
 1968 What's So Bad About Feeling Good?
Roger (uncredited)
 1968 A Lovely Way to Die
Harry Samson (uncredited)
 1968 A Hatful of Rain (TV Movie)
 1967 The Tiger Makes Out
Toni's Escort
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Arthur Quidd
- Legacy for a Lousy Future (1966) ... Arthur Quidd
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Archive footage (5 credits)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Other Works:

(July 19 to 23, 1966) He played Henry in James Goldman's play, "The Lion in Winter," in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production at the Adams Memorial Theatre Main Stage at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts with David Ackroyd (Geoffrey); Joyce Ebert (Eleanor); Stacy Keach (Richard); Tom Sawyer (Philip); ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | See more »

Alternate Names:

John T. Ryan | John Ryan


6' (1.83 m)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

"It's Alive" was different from other monster stories in one way. With Dr. Frankenstein and all the versions of that character, you never have a reconciliation between the monster and the monster-maker. In "It's Alive," not only does he who made the monster spare it, but he owns up to creating it and they reconcile. See more »


Manic-eyed American character actor sometimes billed as "John Ryan" who has played dogged cops or tough military, but is better remembered for his streamlined villains that could turn particularly vicious or lethal ("Runaway Train"). See more »


Deep, commanding voice

Star Sign:


Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Recently Viewed