Robert Ryan

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Robert Ryan (born November 11, 1909 in Chicago , Illinois as Robert Bushnell Ryan , † July 11, 1973 in New York City ) was an American actor .


Ryan celebrated his first successes at Dartmouth College as the best in his school in boxing . After graduating in 1932, he worked in various odd jobs: as a stoker on a ship, as a laborer and on a ranch in Montana . In show business , Ryan initially tried to gain a foothold as a playwright, but was forced to appear as an actor in his own plays. He took acting lessons in the late 1930s and received his first small film roles in the 1940s. During World War II he served in the US Marine Corps .

After retiring from the Marine Corps, the more than 1.90 meter tall man began his most productive and successful time as an actor. In 1947, the film Im Kreuzfeuer was directed by Edward Dmytryk . For his portrayal of the murderer Montgomery, Ryan was nominated for an Oscar in 1948 for Best Supporting Actor. His last appearance was in the Eugene-O'Neill film adaptation of The Ice Man Comes with Lee Marvin in the lead role, directed by John Frankenheimer .

In 1939 he married Jessica Cadwalader, with whom he was married until his death. They had two sons and a daughter together. Ryan died of lung cancer on July 11, 1973 at the age of 63 .

Filmography (selection)



  • Gregor Hauser, Peter L. Stadlbaur: Prairie bandits: The gripping world of B-Westerns . Verlag Reinhard Marheinecke 2018, ISBN 978-3-932053-98-6 . Pp. 164-166.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Biographical data by Robert Ryan in: Current Biography Yearbook: 1964 - Volume 24 , by HW Wilson Company, 1964, p. 365
  2. Oscar nomination for Robert Ryan in the category "Best Supporting Actor" at the award ceremony in 1948 for Im Kreuzfeuer
  3. Awards for Robert Ryan at IMDB