Robert Ryan Overview:

Legendary character actor, Robert Ryan, was born Robert Bushnell Ryan on Nov 11, 1909 in Chicago, IL. Ryan died at the age of 63 on Jul 11, 1973 in New York City, NY and was cremated and his ashes scattered in unknown location.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Ryan was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1947Best Supporting ActorCrossfire (1947)MontgomeryNominated
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On Blu-ray: John Wayne and Butt Heads in Flying Leathernecks (1951)

By KC on Nov 4, 2020 From Classic Movies

Flying Leathernecks (1951) is an unusual entry in World War II cinema. While it leans into the familiar camaraderie and hijinks of many war films from the era, it offers a few visceral glimpses at the violent realities of war. This is most likely due to the influence of director Nicholas Ray, who wa... Read full article


On Blu-ray: and Audrey Totter in the Boxing Noir The Set-Up (1949)

By KC on Nov 12, 2019 From Classic Movies

The rough-edged boxing noir The Set-up (1949) is notable for starring two of the best movie villains, and Audrey Totter, as a loving married couple. It’s nice to see them be the good guys for once in a film where the rest of the world feels rotten to the core. I recently watched th... Read full article


Warner Archive: Ida Lupino, and Thrills in On Dangerous Ground (1951)

By KC on Nov 3, 2016 From Classic Movies

The romantic noir thriller On Dangerous Ground (1952) transcends an uninspired story thanks to the special talents of its cast and crew. Directed by Nicholas Ray, starring and Ida Lupino and scored by Bernard Herrmann, the economical production makes a surprising emotional connection. No... Read full article


Star of the Month:

By Amanda Garrett on May 6, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

TCM's May star of the month is the rugged . TCM is honoring with 39 movie airing each Friday in May. Here's what you need to know about one of old Hollywood's most reliable leading men. FYI: TCM sometimes changes the air times and /or movies, so you can go to www.tcm.com ... Read full article


Film Noir Movie Posters: !

By Mark on Oct 3, 2015 From Where Danger Lives

Here’s a 30 poster set of film noir posters featuring the one and only . Enjoy! Things have been really slow around here lately as I’ve been dedicating my time to my upcoming book — thanks for sticking around. I should be able to make an announcement about the book with... Read full article


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Robert Ryan Quotes:

Smith Ohlrig: I was born rich. My father left me 4 million dollars. But I didn't drink it away, I didn't gamble it away, I didn't marry it away. I knew what to do with it. I've got exactly 22 and a half times that much now, and I'll have 50 times that much before I die. That's what everyone wants, isn't it? Well, I've got it. And I made it myself. Every one of my corporations - every single one - has a different staff, a different lawyer, a different accountant. Not one of them knows anything about each other. I run it all. Each one has his place, and he stays there. And why not? They're well paid. And that's what you've got to learn, Leonora. You're better paid than any of them. And you've got YOUR place: this house. And that's where you'll stay.


Mae Doyle D'Amato: Aren't there any more comfortable men in this world? Now they're all little and nervous like sparrows or big and worried like sick bears. Men!
Earl Pfeiffer: Women!


Earl Pfeiffer: [to Mae] Jerry's the salt of the earth - but he's not the right seasoning for you.


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Robert Ryan Facts
While performing in a stock play version of "A Kiss for Cinderella" in 1941 with actress Luise Rainer, Rainer's ex-husband, Clifford Odets, saw him and offered him the featured juvenile part in his Broadway play "Clash by Night" as "Joe Doyle", opposite Tallulah Bankhead. A decade later he starred in the film version but had outgrown the juvenile role and instead played Earl Pfeiffer, one of the leads, originated on Broadway by Joseph Schildkraut. His "Joe Doyle" character was played by Keith Andes in the film Clash by Night (1952).

Irish-American.

Was Turner Classic Movies' "Star of the Month" for February 2000, a rare honor for a character lead/supporting player.

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