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Robert Ryan

Robert Ryan


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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: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

The Outfit (1974)
An ex-con takes on the mob to avenge his brother's death.
Iceman Cometh, The (1973)
It's 1912 and the patron's of 'The Last Chance Saloon' have gathered for their evening of whiskey to contemplate their lost faith and dreams, when Hickey (Lee Marvin) arrives. Hickey is out to convince everyone that he can help them all find peace of mind by ridding them of the foolish dreams and by bringing them back to reality. Hickey is working especially hard on Larry Slade (Robert Ryan) a former anarchist who has lost his will for life and is awaiting the eventuality of death. Larry is not affected by the cajolings of Hickey but his young companion Parritt (Jeff Bridges) is strangely affected and this leads to revelations about his own mother and feelings of betrayal and loss. As the night wears on the mood changes as everyone has the their faith and dreams slowly destroyed by Hickey. As the anger builds everyone turns on Hickey about his wife and the iceman. This leads to more revelations and with Hickey having the faint questioning of his own new found convictions.
Man Without a Country, The (1973)
This classic about the man who renounced his country and lived to regret it received a sparkling production here with a tour-de-force performance by Cliff Robertson, aging sixty years as Philip Nolan. Previously it had been filmed three times as a silent movie and once (in 1938) as a short for Vitap
Lolly Madonna XXX (1973)
Mistaken identity leads two backwoods families into a bloody feud.
Executive Action (1973)
Rogue intelligence agents, politicians, greedy capitalists, and assassins plot and carry out an assassination.
Lawman (1971) as Marshal Cotton Ryan
A by-the-books sheriff courts disaster when he takes on a corrupt town boss.
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1970) as Captain Nemo
The infamous submarine captain rescues six shipwreck survivors.
The Wild Bunch (1969) as Deke Thornton
A group of aging cowboys look for one last score in a corrupt border town.
Anzio (1968) as General Carson
U.S. troops in World War II fight to survive the Allied landing in Italy.
Custer of the West (1968) as Sergeant Mulligan
The flamboyant Cavalry officer courts disaster when he fights the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes.
A Minute To Pray, a Second To Die (1968) as Gov. Lem Carter
The Dirty Dozen (1967) as Col. Everett Dasher Breed
A renegade officer trains a group of misfits for a crucial mission behind enemy lines.
The Busy Body (1967) as Charley Barker
Hour of the Gun (1967) as Ike Clanton
Wyatt Earp tracks down the survivors of the Clanton Gang after the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
The Professionals (1966) as Hans Ehrengard
A corrupt rancher hires four soldiers of fortune to rescue his wife from kidnappers.
The Dirty Game (1966) as General Bruce
Battle of the Bulge (1965) as General Grey
A crack Nazi unit holds off the Allies during World War II.
The Crooked Road (1965) as Richard Ashley
A reporter tries to steal a Balkan dictator''''s secrets and his wife.
The Inheritance (1964) as Narrator
The Longest Day (1962) as General Gavin
The Allied forces launch the D-Day invasion of German-occupied France.
Billy Budd (1962) as Master-at-Arms John Claggart
Adaptation of Herman Melville's classic tale of a ship's captain caught between an innocent young sailor and an evil officer.
King of Kings (1961) as John the Baptist
Epic retelling of Christ''''s life and the effects of his teachings on those around him.
The Canadians (1961) as Inspector William Gannon
When the Sioux come to Canada, the Canadians permit them to stay in Canada if they come peacefully. However, some cowboys kill all inhabitants of one of their villages. The cowboys seek to get back their horses, but they pretend to search for a girl who once had been robbed by the Indians.
Ice Palace (1960) as Thor Storm
A money-hungry white man tries to plunder post-World War I Alaska for all that he can, but goes up against a local fisherman who resents his ways, and they battle it out up until Alaska becomes a State.
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) as [Earl] Slater
Desperate losers plan a bank robbery with unexpected results.
Day of the Outlaw (1959) as Blaise Starrett
Rival cattlemen join forces to fight off outlaws.
God's Little Acre (1958) as Ty Ty Walden
A dirt-farmer lets his family fall apart while he hunts for his grandfather's buried gold.
Lonelyhearts (1958) as William Shrike
A sensitive young reporter assigned to write an advice column gets caught up in his readers' lives.
Men in War (1957) as Lt. Benson
Two enemies join forces to save their men during a retreat from the North Koreans.
Back from Eternity (1956) as Bill Larnegan
When an airliner crashes in the jungle, the repaired plane can only hold five of the survivors.
The Proud Ones (1956) as Marshal Cass Silver
Marshal Silver is run out of town under suspicion of being a trigger-happy killer after shooting a hired gun of Honest John Barrett. A placid life in a new town is interrupted by the reappearance of Barrett, old enemies and the son of the hired gun from years ago, Anderson.
The Tall Men (1955) as Nathan Stark
Two brothers, Ben and Clint, join a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. While heading for Texas they save Nella from the Indians, and she decides to ride with them. Ben and Nella start to get romantic, but Ben isn't ambitious enough for her, and she soon meets up with the boss of the cattle drive. Will she make the right choice, and, more impotantly, will the cattle make it to Montana !
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) as Reno Smith
A one-armed veteran uncovers small-town secrets when he tries to visit an Asian-American war hero''''s family.
House of Bamboo (1955) as Sandy Dawson
An Army investigator infiltrates a Tokyo crime syndicate to solve a colleague''''s murder.
Escape to Burma (1955) as Jim Brecan, also known as Jim Martin
A local prince in British Burma has been killed, apparently by his prospecting partner Jim Brecan. The bereaved father wants Brecan's head, no questions asked, but Captain Cardigan of the colonial police hopes to find him first for a fair trial. Meanwhile, Brecan finds refuge on the teak plantation of wealthy colonial Gwen Moore, where mutual attraction soon makes him indispensable...
About Mrs. Leslie (1954) as George Leslie Hendersall
An aging woman recalls the affair that consumed her life.
Her Twelve Men (1954) as Joe Hargrave
A dedicated teacher turns around the troublesome students at a boys'''' school.
Alaska Seas (1954) as Matt Kelly
Robert Ryan and Brian Keith, vastly under-rated actors, take a B-potboiler and make it appear to actually be something more. Matt Baker (Robert Ryan), a nere-do-well adventurer, gets out of jail and skips/sails away on his boat without paying for the storage and repairs. Back in his hometown, he is hired by his old friend Jim Kimmerly (Brian Keith), head of the Salmon fishermen who have formed a canning cooperative, and are battling against an organized gang that rob the fishing traps regulary. Matt gets into a jam and needs money, so he joins the raiders, although his friend Jim, unaware of his duplicity, keeps covering for him among the other fishermen. The two men are also vying for the favors of Nicky (Jan Sterling.)
Inferno (1953) as Donald Whitley Carson III
On a desert outing a wealthy playboy breaks his leg and his wife and business partner use a ruse of going to get help as a way of taking off together on a torrid affair, but the husband tracks them down and engages in a showdown with the man who stole his wife.
City Beneath the Sea (1953) as Brad Carlton
Divers Brad and Tony arrive in Jamaica to attempt salvage of the "Lady Luck," sunk with all hands and a million in gold. They charter a boat, "American Beauty," skippered by attractive Terry McBride, but cannot find the ship. But there's more to the "Lady Luck" than meets the eye, and undersea skullduggery forms a counterpoint to Brad's romance with Terry, and Tony's with cabaret singer Venita.
The Naked Spur (1953) as Ben Vandergroat
A captive outlaw uses psychological tactics to prey on a bounty hunter.
On Dangerous Ground (1952) as Jim Wilson
A tough cop sent to help in a mountain manhunt falls for the quarry's blind sister.
Beware, My Lovely (1952) as Howard Wilton
A widow discovers her handyman is an escaped mental patient.
Horizons West (1952) as Dan Hammond
Brothers Dan and Neil Hammond return to Texas after the Civil War. Ambitious Dan turns to rustling and then shady land deals to build an empire. Being held for a murder, he is rescued from a lynch mob by Neil, who is now the Marshal, but there is eventually a falling out between the brothers, good triumphing over evil.
Clash by Night (1952) as Earl Pfeiffer
An embittered woman seeks escape in marriage, only to fall for her husband's best friend.
Best of the Badmen (1951) as Jeff Clanton
A band of notorious outlaws help a friend against a corrupt federal agent.
The Racket (1951) as Nick Scanlon
A tough cop has to fight his superiors in order to battle the mob.
Flying Leathernecks (1951) as Capt. Carl "Griff" Griffin
A World War II Marine officer drives his men mercilessly during the battle for Guadalcanal.
Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951) as Spectator
A domineering mother tries to turn her daughter into a tennis star.
The Woman on Pier 13 (1950) as Brad Collins [previously known as Frank Johnson]
Communists blackmail a shipping executive into spying for them.
Born to Be Bad (1950) as Nick [Bradley]
An ambitious girl steals a rich husband but keeps her lover on the side.
The Secret Fury (1950) as David [McLean]
A mysterious figure tries to stop a woman's marriage by driving her mad.
The Set-Up (1949) as [Bill] Stoker [Thompson]
An aging boxer defies the gangsters who've ordered him to throw his last fight.
Act of Violence (1949) as Joe Parkson
An embittered veteran tracks down a POW camp informer.
Caught (1949) as Smith Ohlrig
A woman's dream marriage to a multi-millionaire turns into a nightmare when she discovers he's insane.
Return of the Bad Men (1948) as Sundance Kid
A farmer falls for the female leader of a band of notorious outlaws.
The Boy with Green Hair (1948) as Dr. Evans
An orphaned boy mystically acquires green hair and a mission to end war.
Berlin Express (1948) as Robert [F.] Lindley
Allied agents fight an underground Nazi group in post-war Europe.
The Woman on the Beach (1947) as [Lieutenant] Scott [Burnett]
A coast guardsman begins to think his mistress's blind husband can really see.
Trail Street (1947) as Allen [Harper]
Bat Masterson fights to make Kansas safe for wheat farmers.
Crossfire (1947) as [Sgt.] Montgomery
A crusading district attorney investigates the murder of a Jewish man.
Marine Raiders (1944) as Capt. Dan Craig
Marine buddies training in Australia battle over love.
Tender Comrade (1944) as Chris Jones
Lady welders pool their resources to share a house during World War II.
Gangway for Tomorrow (1943) as Joe Dunham
Five people thrown together by World War II review their pasts.
The Iron Major (1943) as Father Tim Donovan
In this true story, Frank Cavanaugh proves himself as a football coach and a World War I hero.
Bombardier (1943) as Joe Connors
Military officers compete for the same woman while training pilots for war.
The Sky's the Limit (1943) as Reginald Fenton
A pilot on leave falls for a pretty news photographer.
Behind the Rising Sun (1943) as Lefty
A Japanese publisher urges his American-educated son to side with the Axis.
Golden Gloves (1940) as Pete Wells
Queen of the Mob (1940) as Jim
The Ghost Breakers (1940) as Intern
A radio broadcaster running from the mob helps an heiress deal with her family''''s haunted mansion.
Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940) as Eddie

Cast (special)

Guilty Or Not Guilty (1966) as Andrew Dixon
The story, set in New York City, relates the exploits of Gregg Collier, an assistant District Attorney. In the pilot episode, Collier attempts to get the goods on a suspected mugger.

Cast (short)

The Movie Makers (1973)
This short film offers a behind-the-scenes look into the filming of "Lolly Madonna XXX" (1973).

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