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Up There With The Best
- Andy Moursund
The more I plunge into the depths of TCM's bottomless archive and get beyond the AFI's Top 100 list, the more I realize that many great actors from Hollywood's Golden Era are almost criminally neglected by the whims of public memory. Whether it was due to his innate modesty or a case of typecasting, Robert Ryan seems to have been forgotten by everyone other than the programmers and fans of TCM. But as far as I'm concerned, you can place Robert Ryan and Richard Widmark up there with anyone this side of Toshiro Mifune or Barbara Stanwyck. There's not a single film that Ryan appeared in that I've seen (about 15 so far) where he doesn't elevate my interest far beyond what it would have been with a lesser actor. Thank God that there's a vision at TCM that keeps bringing the Robert Ryans of the world into our living rooms. My only complaint would be that there aren't enough hours in the day to take it all in.
Let me say more.
- robert kawasaki
Some critics said that Robert Ryan was a supporting player, or he only lend his talent to inferior or midiocre vihicles. They cannot possibly be more wrong. Ryan had strong lead roles in films like, THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH, ACT OF VIOLENCE, THE SET-UP, HORIZONS WEST, ON DANGEROUS GROUND, INFERNO, HOUSE OF BAMBOO, THE PROUD ONES, MEN IN WAR, GOD'S LITTLE ACRE, DAY OF THE OUTLAW, ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW, AND HOPE TO DIE, EXECUTIVE ACTION and etc. Even he appeared as pure villain or as co-star, often his character reach the center stage of the proceedings. You cannot forget such films as CROSSFIRE, CAUGHT, CLASH BY NIGHT, THE NAKED SPUR, BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK, BILLY BUDD, THE WILD BUNCH, LAWMAN, and most notably THE ICEMAN COMETH. On the contrary, we can easily say that the real hero of THE ICEMAN COMETH is Robert Ryan as Larry Slade. Today, many would unanimously agree to site films like CROSSFIRE, ACT OF VIOLENCE, THE SET-UP, ON DANGEROUS GROUND, THE NAKED SPUR, INFERNO, HOUSE OF BAMBOO, BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK, MEN IN WAR, DAY OF THE OUTLAW, ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW, BILLY BUDD, THE WILD BUNCH, and THE ICEMAN COMETH as masterpieces or near classics. Robert Ryan can be easily classified as a character star or lead and the status is shared by impressive actors like John Garfield, Dana Andrews, Richard Widmark and Jack Palance. We hope more of Robert Ryan's great performances and classic films will be rediscovered from now on.
Very underrated, but great
- robert kawasaki
It is so nice to know that Robert Ryan's ability as an actor is now largely recognized. His strong presense oftenly dominated the screen, and depth of his expression was surely in first order. How many actors can express anger, sadness, hate, cruelty, pathos, loneliness and love in same time? It is too sad his line of great works are still ciriminally underrated and some are poorly received. Many would agree his films are so frequently artistic, and because of that, many of them could not reach height of popularity then. Needless say, that does not mean they weren't great worthy films. You only need to see the following list of films to understand this. Woman On the Beach, Crossfire, The Set-Up, On Dangerous Ground, Clash by Night, The Naked Spur, Inferno, House of Bamboo, Men in War, God's Little Acre, Day of the Outlaw, Odds Against Tomorrow, Billy Budd, Wild Bunch, And Hope to Die, and Iceman Cometh. Each of these films contain bold artistic experiment and philosophical insight. Thanks to great Robert Ryan, a great artist.
The epitome of an underrated actor.
- Craig R.
When you examine Ryan's body of work,you begin to realize just how versatile and complex of an actor he was.Unfortunately,Hollywood usually typecast him as the malicious,often deranged villain type roles.Granted,he performed extremely convincingly with these kinds of characters,but he was also very versatile. Just watch him as the aging,good hearted prizefighter in 'The SetUp'.He is just marvelous in this film.And he's built like a boxer.I read in his bio that he was a champion collegiate heavyweight boxer when he attended Dartmouth in the 1930's. Indeed,Robert Ryan was undervalued by Hollywood but his body of work clearly demonstrates his superb proficiency and versatility.Many thanks Robert for all of your sterling performances in film and on stage.
robert ryan: bad guy of the movies
- robert beatty
robert ryan was one of the greatest actors of his time who could play villains or heroes. a popular actor from the 40's and 50's who gave brilliant performances in such classics as "crossfire", "the set-up", "act of violence", "on dangerous ground", "the racket", "clash by night", "bad day at black rock", "god's little acre", "odds against tomorrow" and "the wild bunch". ryan was also one of the most important actors of the film noir era. he is underrated when compared to the other classic stars of the day. ryan was a natural gifted actor with rugged good looks and tall height. one of the best!
- Malcolm James
Another great actor who at the time thought he was just doing his job to act.People can now recognise his talent to Cinema and what a superb actor he was. Gone but not forgotten.