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Also Known As: Died: July 11, 1973
Born: November 11, 1909 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor

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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).

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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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Outfit (1974) Mailer
2.
 Iceman Cometh, The (1973) Larry Slade
3.
 Man Without a Country, The (1973) Captain Vaughan
4.
 Executive Action (1973) Foster
5.
 Lolly Madonna XXX (1973) Pap Gutshall
6.
 Lawman (1971) Marshal Cotton Ryan
7.
 Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1970) Captain Nemo
8.
 The Wild Bunch (1969) Deke Thornton
9.
 Custer of the West (1968) Sergeant Mulligan
10.
 A Minute To Pray, a Second To Die (1968) Gov. Lem Carter
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1939:
Stage acting debut
1940:
First film appearance in "Golden Gloves"
1941:
Broadway debut in "Clash by Night"
1942:
Signed contract with RKO
:
Served with Marines during WWII
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Education

Loyola Academy: Wilmette , Illinois -
Max Reinhardt Theatrical Workshop: Hollywood , California -
Dartmouth College: Hanover , New Hampshire - 1932

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wife:
Jennifer Cadwalader. Author. Married in 1939.

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

Bibliography close complete biography

"Robert Ryan: A Biography and Critical Filmography" McFarland

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