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Also Known As: Mitch Ryan Died:
Born: January 11, 1928 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Profession: actor

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A veteran character player often cast as tough military men or salt-of-the-earth small town Americans, Ryan decided to pursue an acting career after a stint in the special services entertainment unit of the US Navy during the Korean War. He briefly appeared in "Thunder Road" (1958), with Robert Mitchum and then moved to NYC to work for over twenty years on stage and TV. Alternately billed as Mitch or Mitchell Ryan, he made his stage debut in "Whisper to Me" (1960) before joining Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival in 1962. He played the title role in "Baal" and landed a key role opposite Lee Remick in the thriller "Wait Until Dark" (1966). Among his other stage credits are Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten" (1968), "Medea" (1982) and appearances with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC (1969-70).

A veteran character player often cast as tough military men or salt-of-the-earth small town Americans, Ryan decided to pursue an acting career after a stint in the special services entertainment unit of the US Navy during the Korean War. He briefly appeared in "Thunder Road" (1958), with Robert Mitchum and then moved to NYC to work for over twenty years on stage and TV. Alternately billed as Mitch or Mitchell Ryan, he made his stage debut in "Whisper to Me" (1960) before joining Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival in 1962. He played the title role in "Baal" and landed a key role opposite Lee Remick in the thriller "Wait Until Dark" (1966). Among his other stage credits are Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten" (1968), "Medea" (1982) and appearances with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC (1969-70).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Devil's Own, The (1997) Chief Jim Kelly
3.
 Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) Mr Newberry
4.
 Liar, Liar (1997) Mr Allan
5.
 Face to Die For, A (1996) Joe Thomas
6.
 Ed (1996) Abe Woods
7.
 Gramps (1995) Oliver
8.
 Judge Dredd (1995) Hammond
10.
 Blue Sky (1994) Ray Stevens
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
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Raised in Louisville, Kentucky
1951:
Served in US Navy during Korean War; assigned to special services entertainment unit
1958:
Film debut, "Thunder Road"
1960:
New York stage debut, "Whisper to Me"
1962:
Appeared in various productions as member of the New York Shakespeare Festival
1965:
Played title role, "Baal" on Broadway
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Appeared as Burke Devlin on ABC daytime soap "Dark Shadows"
1966:
Starred in "Wait Until Dark" on Broadway
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Appeared with Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.
1970:
First film in 22 years, "Monte Walsh"
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Played lead in NBC police drama "Chase" (NBC)
1976:
Last film for over a decade, "Two-Minute Warning"
1976:
Earliest TV-moive, "The Entertainers" (NBC)
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Starred on short-lived primetime soap "Executive Suite" (CBS)
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Co-starred as Dr. Blake Simmons on "Having Babies/Julie Farr, M.D." (ABC)
1980:
Was Cooper Hawkins on the short-lived "The Chisholms" (CBS)
1983:
Series regular on "High Performance" (ABC)
1985:
Played Robert McNamara in miniseries "Robert Kennedy and His Times", CBS; also starred in "North and South" miniseries on ABC
1987:
First film role in over a decade, "Lethal Weapon"
1993:
Played rare comic role, "Hot Shots! Part Deux"
1995:
Returned to daytime dramas to play gangster Frank Smith on "General Hospital"
1997:
Had regular role of wealthy businessman Edward Montgomery on the ABC sitcom "Dharma & Greg"
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Notes

Some sources list Mr. Ryan's birth year as 1934.

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