Basil Ruysdael Overview:

Character actor, Basil Ruysdael, was born Basil Milspaugh Ruysdael on Jul 24, 1888 in Jersey City, NJ. Ruysdael died at the age of 72 on Oct 10, 1960 in Hollywood, CA .


Relaxed, wise-looking, brown-haired American actor, often as judges, lawyers, and senior officers. A prominent opera singer (he appeared with Caruso) in his younger days, Ruysdael turned first to straight acting, then became a radio announcer in the 1930s. In post-war years, he moved to Hollywood character roles to play out the remainder of his long and varied career.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Gen. Oliver 'The Christian General' Howard: The Bible I read preaches brotherhood for all of God's children.
Tom Jeffords: Suppose their skins weren't white. Are they still God's children?
Gen. Oliver 'The Christian General' Howard: My Bible says nothing about the pigmentation of their skin.

Richard Dadier: They can't all be bad kids.
Prof. A.R. Kraal: Why not?

Dave Rickard: Have a drink, boy.
Wes McQueen: Are you supposed to have that stuff?
Dave Rickard: Oh, why not? We all got to die sometime. Me, you, and the whole cock-eyed world. It doesn't make much difference what kills us.

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Before becoming a busy character actor on stage, films, and radio, he was a star bass-baritone with the Metropolitan Opera Company between 1910 and 1918. Although his most frequent role was as the King in Verdi's "Aida", the majority of his roles were in the German repertory, particularly the operas of Richard Wagner. As a voice teacher and coach, his students included Lawrence Tibbett.

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