John P. Ryan (1936–2007)

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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 »

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


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 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 Delta Force 2
Gen. Taylor
 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 (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)
Keeley / Head Tough
- Walk the Long Pier (1968) ... Keeley
- 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
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Acted in a 1963 Broadway production of the play "The Lady of the Camellias". See more »

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Alternate Names:

John T. Ryan | John Ryan


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[on horror films] Horror is a great medium. If it's done with skill and forcefulness, it's as good as film gets. It represents denied or disowned or unacknowledged darkness. That's where nightmares come out, that's where monsters are born. It's fabulous to touch things subliminally in the subconscious, things that have always been there. In a funny way, it's like American sports. If we didn't ... See more »


Son of Irish immigrants who graduated from Rice High School; majored in English at CCNY where he also developed an interest in acting. See more »


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