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Robert Ryan – MovieActors.com

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Ryan in The Wild Bunch (1969).

About Robert Ryan (1909 – 1973)
Robert Ryan was born on November 11, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. On July 11, 1973 Robert Ryan passed away in New York City from lung cancer.

In college at the Chicago's Loyola and Dartmouth, Robert Ryan held the national collegiate boxing title for four years. The movie that kick Robert Ryan career into high gear was in the ring to secure a part in Golden Gloves (1940), two years later, he was under contract to RKO.

His towering frame and uncommon intensity made Ryan a perfect choice to play tough guys, throughout his career working in Westerns, war stories, and crime dramas, whether as heros or villains.

Robert Ryan was unforgettable as the protagonist of The Set-up in 1949, as the washed-up prizefighter debating whether or not to take a dive during an upcoming fight.

In 1973 Robert Ryan played a terminally ill political activist Larry Slade in The Iceman Cometh. Ironically, while filming, he knew he was approaching the final stages of lung cancer. He passed away in July of that year.

For Ryan's portrayal of a killer in CROSSFIRE, Ryan won a Academy Award nomination.

Robert Ryan's notable movie credits include...

The Iceman Cometh (1973)
Executive Action (1973)
The Love Machine (1971)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Battle Of The Bulge (1965)
The Longest Day (1962)
Men In War (1957)
I Married A Communist (1949)
Golden Gloves (1944)
The Sky's The Limit (1943)
The Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940)

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Robert Ryan in The Dirty Dozen (1967).

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Robert Ryan in The Wild Bunch (1969).