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Robert Ryan

He most often portrayed hardened cops like in On Dangerous Ground (1951) and ruthless villains like in Billy Budd (1962).

Robert Ryan

Filmography

1940      

The Ghost Breakers 

Queen of the Mob

Golden Gloves

North West Mounted Police

The Texas Rangers Ride Again

 

1943      

Bombardier 

The Sky’s the Limit 

Behind the Rising Sun

The Iron Major

Gangway for Tomorrow

Tender Comrade

 

1944      

Marine Raiders 

 

1947      

Trail Street

The Woman on the Beach

Crossfire 

 

1948      

Berlin Express

Return of the Bad Men

The Boy with Green Hair 

Act of Violence

 

1949        

Caught 

The Set-Up

 I Married a Communist

 

1950      

The Secret Fury

Born to Be Bad 

 

1951      

Hard, Fast and Beautiful

Best of the Badmen

Flying Leathernecks

The Racket 

On Dangerous Ground

 

1952      

Clash by Night 

Beware, My Lovely 

Horizons West 

 

1953      

The Naked Spur

City Beneath the Sea

Inferno 

 

1954      

Alaska Seas 

About Mrs. Leslie

Her Twelve Men 

 

1955      

Bad Day at Black Rock 

House of Bamboo

Escape to Burma 

The Tall Men 

The Proud Ones

Back from Eternity

 

1957      

Men in War 

 

1958      

Lonelyhearts

God’s Little Acre

 

1959      

Day of the Outlaw 

Odds Against Tomorrow 

 

1960      

Ice Palace 

 

1961      

The Canadians 

King of Kings

 

1962      

The Longest Day

Billy Budd

 

1965      

The Crooked Road

The Dirty Game

Battle of the Bulge

 

1966      

The Professionals 

 

1967      

The Busy Body

The Dirty Dozen 

Hour of the Gun 

Custer of the West 

 

1968      

A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die 

Anzio 

 

1969      

The Wild Bunch

Captain Nemo and the Underwater City 

 

1971      

Lawman 

The Love Machine 

 

1972      

 …and Hope to Die (fr) 

 

1973      

Lolly-Madonna XXX 

The Outfit

Executive Action 

The Iceman Cometh

 

Awards

Robert Ryan receive only one Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Crossfire (1947).

[on young actors] Each one assumes that his mere presence is God’s gift to humanity and he finds out over the years that this isn’t the case, but that the acquisition of the skills is equally important. You find out that the essence of it is simplification. ~Robert Ryan

Robert Ryan was born Robert Bushnell Ryan on November 11, 1909, in Chicago, Illinois, the first child of Mable Arbutus (Bushnell), a secretary, and Timothy Aloysius Ryan, who was from a wealthy family that owned a real estate firm.

Ryan was raised Catholic and educated at Loyola Academy. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1932, having held the school’s heavyweight boxing title all four years of his attendance. After graduation, the 6′4″ Ryan found employment as a stoker on a ship, a WPA worker, and a ranch hand in Montana.

Ryan attempted to make a career in show business as a playwright, but was forced to start acting to support himself. He studied acting in Hollywood and appeared on stage and in small film parts during the early 1940s, beginning with The Ghost Breakers and Queen of the Mob, both for Paramount Pictures in 1940.

In January 1944, after securing a contract guarantee from RKO Radio Pictures, Ryan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a drill instructor at Camp Pendleton, located between Oceanside and San Clemente in Southern California. At Camp Pendleton, he befriended writer and future director Richard Brooks, whose novel, The Brick Foxhole, he greatly admired. He also took up painting.

Robert Mitchum, Robert Young, and Robert Ryan in Crossfire (1947) © 1947 - Warner Bros. All rights reserved.