Robert Ryan

Robert Ryan Headshot

Actor • Activist

Birth Date: November 11, 1909

Death Date: July 11, 1973

Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois

Imposing, ruggedly handsome lead who made his film debut in "Golden Gloves" (1940) and signed with RKO two years later. Ryan hit his stride in the late 1940s playing a string of psychopathic or hard-boiled types, notably the anti-Semitic murderer in "Crossfire" (1947) and the over-the-hill pug in the classic boxing drama, "The Set-Up" (1949).

He went on to appear in a host of films through the mid-70s, often giving fine performances in decidedly mediocre vehicles. Ryan was memorable as William Holden's buddy-turned-nemesis in Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch" (1969).

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El Deseo

Actor
Movie
1974

Executive Action

Actor
Foster
Movie
1973

Lolly Madonna XXX

Actor
Pap Gutshall
Movie
1973

The Iceman Cometh

Actor
Larry Slade
Movie
1973

The Man Without a Country

Actor
Lt. Cmdr. Vaughan
Movie
1973

And Hope to Die

Actor
Charley
Movie
1972

LawmanStream

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Sabbath Marshal Cotton Ryan
Movie
1971
70%

The Love Machine

Actor
Gregory Austin
Movie
1971

The Battle of the Bulge

Actor
Show
1970

The Front Page

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Walter Burns
Movie
1970

The Wild BunchStream

Actor
Deke Thornton
Movie
1969
91%

Captain Nemo and the Underwater City

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Captain Nemo
Movie
1969

Custer of the West

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Mulligan
Movie
1968

A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die

Actor
Gov. Lem Carter
Movie
1968

Anzio

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Gen. Carson
Movie
1968

Hour of the GunStream

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Ike Clanton
Movie
1967
88%

The Busy Body

Actor
Charley Barker
Movie
1967

The Dirty DozenStream

Actor
Col. Everett Dasher Breed
Movie
1967
81%

Guilty or Not Guilty

Actor
Andrew Dixon
Movie
1967

The ProfessionalsStream

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Hans Ehrengard
Movie
1966
89%

The Dirty Game

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General Bruce
Movie
1966

Battle of the BulgeStream

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Gen. Joe Grey
Movie
1965
63%

World War One

Narrator
Show
1964

The Crooked Road

Actor
Richard Ashley
Movie
1964

The Longest DayStream

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Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin
Movie
1962
87%

Billy BuddStream

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John Claggart
Movie
1962
92%

The Canadians

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Inspector William Gannon
Movie
1961

King of KingsStream

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John The Baptist
Movie
1961
85%

Ice Palace

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Thor Storm
Movie
1960

Day of the OutlawStream

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Blaise Starrett
Movie
1959
100%

Odds Against Tomorrow

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Earle Slater
Movie
1959

Le Coup de l'escalier

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Movie
1959

La Chevauchée des bannis

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Movie
1959

La Pequeña Acre del Señor

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Movie
1958

Lonelyhearts

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William Shrike
Movie
1958

God's Little Acre

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Ty Ty Walden
Movie
1958

Alcoa Theatre

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Mike Ripetti
Show
1957

Wagon TrainStream

Guest Star
Series
1957

Men in WarStream

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Lt. Benson
Movie
1957
90%

Zane Grey TheaterStream

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Series
1956

The Proud OnesStream

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Marshal Cass Silver
Movie
1956

Back From Eternity

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Bill Lonagan
Movie
1956

Screen Directors Playhouse

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Show
1955

Bad Day at Black RockStream

Actor
Reno Smith
Movie
1955
97%

The Tall MenStream

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Nathan Stark
Movie
1955
78%

Escape to Burma

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Jim Brecan
Movie
1955

House of Bamboo

Actor
Sandy Dawson
Movie
1955
85%

About Mrs. Leslie

Actor
George Leslie
Movie
1954

Alaska Seas

Actor
Matt Kelly
Movie
1954

Her Twelve Men

Actor
Joe Hargrave
Movie
1954

Inferno

Actor
Donald Whitley Carson III
Movie
1953

City Beneath the Sea

Actor
Brad Carlton
Movie
1953

The Naked SpurStream

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Ben Vandergroat
Movie
1953
100%

Horizons West

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Dan Hammond
Movie
1952

Beware My Lovely

Actor
Howard Wilton
Movie
1952

Clash by NightStream

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Earl Pfeiffer
Movie
1952
65%

Flying LeathernecksStream

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Capt. Carl `'Griff'` Griffin
Movie
1951
75%

Crimen Organizado

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Movie
1951

The Racket

Actor
Nick Scanlon
Movie
1951

On Dangerous GroundStream

Actor
Jim Wilson
Movie
1951
89%

Best of the BadmenStream

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Jefferson "Jeff" Clanton
Movie
1951

What's My Line?Stream

Guest
Game Show
1950

The Secret Fury

Actor
David McLean
Movie
1950

Born to Be BadStream

Actor
Nick Bradley
Movie
1950
67%

Woman on Pier 13

Actor
Bradley Collins/Frank Johnson
Movie
1950

The Set-UpStream

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Stoker
Movie
1949
85%

Caught

Actor
Smith Ohlrig
Movie
1949

Act of Violence

Actor
Joe Parkson
Movie
1949
93%

El Hombre Malo Vuelve

Actor
Movie
1948

The Boy With Green HairStream

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Dr. Evans
Movie
1948
82%

Berlin ExpressStream

Actor
Robert Lindley
Movie
1948
80%

Return of the Bad MenStream

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Sundance Kid
Movie
1948

Trail Street

Actor
Allen Harper
Movie
1947

CrossfireStream

Actor
Montgomery
Movie
1947
88%

The Woman on the Beach

Actor
Scott
Movie
1947

Marine Raiders

Actor
Capt. Dan Craig
Movie
1944

Bombardier

Actor
Joe Connors
Movie
1943

Tender Comrade

Actor
Chris Jones
Movie
1943

The Iron Major

Actor
Father Timothy 'Tim' Donovan
Movie
1943

Behind the Rising Sun

Actor
Lefty O'Doyle
Movie
1943

The Sky's the Limit

Actor
Reginald Fenton
Movie
1943

Gangway for Tomorrow

Actor
Movie
1943

Golden Gloves

Actor
Pete Wells
Movie
1940

Northwest Mounted Police

Actor
Const. Dumont
Movie
1940