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ROBERT RYAN

BIOGRAPHY
 
Robert Ryan

An American actor born in Chicago.

His contribution to films starting in 1940 became a productive career after he had served in the military.

Ryan attempted to make a career in show business as a playwright, but had to turn to acting to support himself. He studied acting in Hollywood and appeared on stage and in small film parts during the early 1940s.

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, in San Diego, 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.

Ryan's breakthrough film role was as an anti-Semitic killer in Crossfire (1947), a film noir based on Brooks's novel. The role won Ryan his sole career Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actor.

He lived in Manhattan's famed Dakota Building at 72nd and Central Park West, and eventually sublet his apartment to John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Ryan died aged 63 years.

One film stands out which is 'Bad Day at Black Rock' which he stands out as he did in many films.

Films include

Golden Gloves (1940)
Bombardier (1943)
Tender Comrade (1943)
Marine Raiders (1944)
The Woman on the Beach (1947)
Crossfire (1947)
Berlin Express (1948)
The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
Act of Violence (1948)
Caught (1949)
I Married a Communist (1949)
The Set-Up (1949)
The Secret Fury (1950)
Born to Be Bad (1950)
The Racket (1951)
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
On Dangerous Ground (1951)
Clash by Night (1952)
Beware, My Lovely (1952)
City Beneath the Sea (1953)
The Naked Spur (1953)
Inferno (1953)
Alaska Seas (1954)
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
The Tall Men (1955)
House of Bamboo (1955)
Escape to Burma (1955)
The Proud Ones (1956)
Back from Eternity (1956)
Men in War (1957)
God's Little Acre (1958)
Lonelyhearts (1958)
Day of the Outlaw (1959)
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
Ice Palace (1960)
King of Kings (1961)
The Longest Day (1962)
Billy Budd (1962)
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
The Dirty Game (1965)
The Professionals (1966)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Hour of the Gun (1967)
Custer of the West (1968)
Anzio (1968)
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Lawman (1971)
The Iceman Cometh (1973) (as Larry Slade)
Executive Action (1973)
Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973)
The Outfit (1973)

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