Robert Ryan


Actor
Robert Ryan

About

Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
November 11, 1909
Died
July 11, 1973
Cause of Death
Cancer

Photos & Videos

Inferno (1953) - Lobby Card Set
The Dirty Dozen - Movie Poster
Horizons West - Movie Posters

Family & Companions

Jennifer Cadwalader
Wife
Author. Married in 1939.

Bibliography

"Robert Ryan: A Biography and Critical Filmography"
Franklin Jarlett, McFarland (1990)

Biography

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Outfit (1974)
Lolly Madonna XXX (1973)
The Iceman Cometh (1973)
The Man Without a Country (1973)
Executive Action (1973)
Lawman (1971)
Marshal Cotton Ryan
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1970)
Captain Nemo
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Deke Thornton
Custer of the West (1968)
Sergeant Mulligan
A Minute To Pray, a Second To Die (1968)
Gov. Lem Carter
Anzio (1968)
General Carson
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Col. Everett Dasher Breed
The Busy Body (1967)
Charley Barker
Hour of the Gun (1967)
Ike Clanton
The Professionals (1966)
Hans Ehrengard
The Dirty Game (1966)
General Bruce
The Crooked Road (1965)
Richard Ashley
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
General Grey
The Inheritance (1964)
Narrator
Billy Budd (1962)
Master-at-Arms John Claggart
The Longest Day (1962)
General Gavin
The Canadians (1961)
Inspector William Gannon
King of Kings (1961)
John the Baptist
Ice Palace (1960)
Thor Storm
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
[Earl] Slater
Day of the Outlaw (1959)
Blaise Starrett
Lonelyhearts (1958)
William Shrike
God's Little Acre (1958)
Ty Ty Walden
Men in War (1957)
Lt. Benson
The Proud Ones (1956)
Marshal Cass Silver
Back from Eternity (1956)
Bill Larnegan
House of Bamboo (1955)
Sandy Dawson
Escape to Burma (1955)
Jim Brecan, also known as Jim Martin
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Reno Smith
The Tall Men (1955)
Nathan Stark
Her Twelve Men (1954)
Joe Hargrave
About Mrs. Leslie (1954)
George Leslie Hendersall
Alaska Seas (1954)
Matt Kelly
Inferno (1953)
Donald Whitley Carson III
The Naked Spur (1953)
Ben Vandergroat
City Beneath the Sea (1953)
Brad Carlton
Horizons West (1952)
Dan Hammond
Clash by Night (1952)
Earl Pfeiffer
On Dangerous Ground (1952)
Jim Wilson
Beware, My Lovely (1952)
Howard Wilton
Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951)
Spectator
Best of the Badmen (1951)
Jeff Clanton
The Racket (1951)
Nick Scanlon
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
Capt. Carl "Griff" Griffin
The Secret Fury (1950)
David [McLean]
The Woman on Pier 13 (1950)
Brad Collins [previously known as Frank Johnson]
Born to Be Bad (1950)
Nick [Bradley]
Act of Violence (1949)
Joe Parkson
The Set-Up (1949)
[Bill] Stoker [Thompson]
Caught (1949)
Smith Ohlrig
The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
Dr. Evans
Return of the Bad Men (1948)
Sundance Kid
Berlin Express (1948)
Robert [F.] Lindley
Trail Street (1947)
Allen [Harper]
The Woman on the Beach (1947)
[Lieutenant] Scott [Burnett]
Crossfire (1947)
[Sgt.] Montgomery
Tender Comrade (1944)
Chris Jones
Marine Raiders (1944)
Capt. Dan Craig
Bombardier (1943)
Joe Connors
The Iron Major (1943)
Father Tim Donovan
Gangway for Tomorrow (1943)
Joe Dunham
The Sky's the Limit (1943)
Reginald Fenton
Behind the Rising Sun (1943)
Lefty
Golden Gloves (1940)
Pete Wells
Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940)
Eddie
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
Intern
Queen of the Mob (1940)
Jim

Cast (Special)

Guilty Or Not Guilty (1966)
Andrew Dixon

Cast (Short)

The Movie Makers (1973)
Himself

Life Events

1939

Stage acting debut

1940

First film appearance in "Golden Gloves"

1941

Broadway debut in "Clash by Night"

1942

Signed contract with RKO

Photo Collections

Inferno (1953) - Lobby Card Set
Inferno (1953) - Lobby Card Set
The Dirty Dozen - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Dirty Dozen (1967). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Horizons West - Movie Posters
Horizons West - Movie Posters
Horizons West - British Front-of-House Stills
Horizons West - British Front-of-House Stills
Beware, My Lovely - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from RKO's Beware, My Lovely (1952), starring Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan.
Flying Leathernecks - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters for RKO's Flying Leathernecks (1951), starring John Wayne and Robert Ryan.
Crossfire - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken during production of RKO's Crossfire (1947), directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Gloria Grahame, and Robert Ryan.
Berlin Express - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from RKO's Berlin Express (1948), starring Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, and Paul Lukas. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Racket - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of RKO's The Racket (1951), starring Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, and Robert Ryan, and directed by John Cromwell.
Act of Violence - Portrait Publicity Stills
Here are a few close-up Publicity Stills from Act of Violence (1949), starring Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, and Van Heflin. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Born to Be Bad - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Born to Be Bad (1950). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Caught - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Caught (1949), starring James Mason and Barbara Bel Geddes. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
On Dangerous Ground - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from On Dangerous Ground (1952), starring Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino.
The Set-Up - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from RKO's The Set-Up (1949), starring Robert Ryan and directed by Robert Wise. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Act of Violence - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from MGM's Act of Violence (1949), starring Robert Ryan, Van Heflin, and Janet Leigh. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Set-Up - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for RKO's The Set-Up (1949), starring Robert Ryan. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Wild Bunch, The (1969) - Shall We Gather At The River Part of Sam Peckinpah's preposterous opening, in which the prayer meeting enters the incipient shootout, Crazy Lee (Bo Hopkins) abuses hostages, and rivals Thornton (Robert Ryan) and Pike (William Holden) miss shots at each other, in The Wild Bunch, 1969.
The Wild Bunch (1969) - You're My Judas Goat After the disastrous failed bank-heist ambush, bounty broker Harrigan (Albert Dekker), working for the railroad, chews out the goofy crew (Strother Martin and L.Q. Jones as Coffer and C.T.) and threatens to send their angered leader Thornton (Robert Ryan), the former partner of the hunted Pike, back to prison, in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, 1969.
Wild Bunch, The (1969) - Even The Worst Of Us Riding into the home village of Angel (Jaime Sanchez), the bunch (William Holden as Pike leads Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates) gets a grim update from Chano Urueta, a leading Mexican director and producer since the 1930’s, as crusty Don Jose, in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, 1969.
Wild Bunch, The (1969) - He Was After The Girl We’ve just met the grossly corrupt federal general Mapache (Emilio Fernandez) who’s taken over the Mexican home village of Angel (Jaime Sanchez) where Pike, Dutch, Sykes and the gang (William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O’Brien, Ben Johnson, Warren Oates) are hiding when Teresa (Sonia Amelio), his former fianceè appears, sparking more trouble, with Fernando Wagner as the German agent, in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, 1969.
House Of Bamboo (1955) - When You Act Like A Hoodlum We remain far from clear on the nature of game being played by Robert Stack as Spanier, an American goon looking to shake down various Tokyo merchants, but he finally reaches Robert Ryan (his first scene, as Dawson, backed by Cameron Mitchell et al), full of attitude himself, in director Samuel Fuller’s shot-in-Japan House Of Bamboo, 1955.
House Of Bamboo (1955) - Open, This Is A Military Supply Train Skewing convention even with his all-news exposition, Samuel Fuller, directing for producer Buddy Adler, Darryl Zanuck and 20th Century-Fox, begins the first American studio feature shot wholly in Japan, with violence and Mount Fuji, in House Of Bamboo, 1955, starring Robert Stack and Robert Ryan.
Bombardier (1943) - I Do Solemnly Swear In an early role which earned him praise and career support from Pat O’Brien, Robert Ryan as trainee Joe Connors consults with Pat as his superior and buddy Major “Chick” Davis about motivations and reveals that he’s been approached by probable spies at their New Mexico air base, in Bombardier, 1943.
Crossfire (1947) - Open, Murder Dark and dramatic opening to Edward Dmytryk's Crossfire, 1947, starring Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan and Gloria Grahame, from a novel by Richard Brooks.
Back From Eternity (1956) - In The Base Of The Skull The stewardess (Adele Mara) visits gangster-escorting-child Jesse White, the professor and his wife (Cameron Prud’homme, Beulah Bondi) who converse with convict Vasquel (Rod Steiger), who seems cheery considering he’s traveling for his execution, his bounty hunter (Fred Clark) tolerant, as pilots (Keith Andes, Robert Ryan) cope with big weather problems, in Back From Eternity, 1956.
Back From Eternity (1956) - Blue Moon Girls Between segments of the South American airline journey, little Tommy (Jon Provost) rescued by nice Louise (Phyllis Kirk) but not vampy Rena (Anita Ekberg), who joins jaded pilot Bill (Robert Ryan), in John Farrow's Back From Eternity, 1956.
Back From Eternity (1956) - Our Chances? After crash-landing, convict Vasquel (Rod Steiger) and bounty hunter Crimp (Fred Clark) tangle, pilots Bill (Robert Ryan) and Joe (Keith Andes) speak to survivors (Cameron Prud'homme, Phyllis Kirk, Jesse White, Anita Ekberg et al), John Farrow directing, in Back From Eternity, 1956.
Tender Comrade (1943) - You Made Me Love You Speedy path to a flashback getting top-billed Ginger Rogers, as Southern California wartime factory gal Jo, into a sexy outfit (with three, maybe four-inch heels in the back yard!), recalling the proposal by now-deployed Chris (Robert Ryan), in the home-front drama Tender Comrade. 1943.

Trailer

About Mrs. Leslie (1954) -- (Original Trailer) Emphasis on Academy Award-winner Shirley Booth in the original trailer for producer Hal Wallis’ About Mrs. Leslie, 1954, co-starring Robert Ryan, from the popular potboiler by Viña Del Mar.
Wild Bunch, The - (Original Trailer) A group of aging cowboys look for one last score in a corrupt border town in director Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969).
God's Little Acre - (Original Trailer) A dirt-farmer lets his family fall apart while he hunts for his grandfather's buried gold in God's Little Acre (1958).
Dirty Dozen, The - (Original Trailer) A renegade officer trains a group of misfits for a crucial mission behind enemy lines in The Dirty Dozen (1967) starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown.
Billy Budd - (Original Trailer) Original trailer for Billy Budd, 1962, from the Herman Melville novel, starring Terence Stamp, Robert Ryan, and Peter Ustinov, who also produced and directed.
Berlin Express - (Re-issueTrailer) Allied agents fight an underground Nazi group in post-war Europe in Jacques Tourneur's Berlin Express (1948) starring Robert Ryan, Merle Oberon and Paul Lukas.
Naked Spur, The -- (Original Trailer) A captive outlaw uses psychological tactics to prey on a bounty hunter in The Naked Spur (1953), directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Robert Ryan and Janet Leigh.
Sky's The Limit, The - (Original Trailer) A pilot on leave (Fred Astaire) falls for a pretty news photographer in the musical The Sky's The Limit (1943).
Battle of the Bulge, The - (teaser trailer) The Battle of the Bulge (1965), a giant all-star movie of the tide-turning WWII battle.
Longest Day, The - (Original Trailer) An all-star cast including John Wayne and Henry Fonda in a re-creation of the D-Day invasion on The Longest Day (1962).
Ghost Breakers, The - (Original Trailer) Bob Hope has to turn ghostbust...er, ghostbreaker to clear Paulette Goddard's castle in the horror-comedy The Ghost Breakers (1940).
King of Kings (1961) - (Original Trailer) Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause) tells the life of Jesus Christ in King of Kings (1961).

Promo

Family

Cheyney Ryan
Son
Playwright, professor. Born c. 1948, mother Jennifer Cadwalader; expelled from Harvard for protesting Vietnam War; PhD in philosophy from Boston U.

Companions

Jennifer Cadwalader
Wife
Author. Married in 1939.

Bibliography

"Robert Ryan: A Biography and Critical Filmography"
Franklin Jarlett, McFarland (1990)