John Patrick Ryan

John Patrick Ryan

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 20 Mar 2007 (aged 70)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial East Northport, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 18648482 · View Source
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Actor, he played craggy, wild-eyed characters. During his 40-year Hollywood career he was typically cast as slimy villains, tough cops, and military officers. He is probably best remembered as the brutal prison warden who has a fateful showdown with convict Jon Voight in "Runaway Train" (1985). Ryan was born in New York City. He served in the US Army for six years and worked as a welfare investigator before taking an interest in acting. In 1967 he was introduced to films by his friend Jack Nicholson, who later gave him prominent parts in "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), "The King of Marvin Gardens" (1972), "The Missouri Breaks" (1976), "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1981), and "Hoffa" (1992). Ryan's only sympathetic lead was as the bewildered father of a monster baby in "It's Alive" (1974) and "It's Alive II" (1978). His other big screen credits include "Dillinger" (1973), "Futureworld" (1976), "The Right Stuff" (1983), "The Cotton Club" (1984), "Death Wish 4" (1987), and "Bound" (1996). He also made dozens of appearances in such TV series as "Kojak", "The Rockford Files", "Hawaii Five-O", "M*A*S*H", and "Cagney & Lacey". On the set of "Delta Force 2" in 1989, Ryan was seriously hurt in a helicopter crash that killed five and injured two others. In his later years he gave private acting lessons and was an advocate of spiritual healing. He died of a stroke in Los Angeles.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Patrick Ryan (30 Jul 1936–20 Mar 2007), Find a Grave Memorial no. 18648482, citing Genola Rural Cemetery, East Northport, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .