John P. Ryan

John P. Ryan
Character actor John P. Ryan was born on July 30, 1936 in New York City. The son of Irish immigrant parents, Ryan graduated from Rice High School and studied English at the City College of New York, where he first developed an interest in acting. He served six years in the US Army and worked as a welfare investigator prior to pursuing an acting career. John made his film debut in the 1967 comedy "The Tiger Makes Out." He appeared in five pictures for Jack Nicholson; he's especially memorable as male nurse Spicer in "Five Easy Pieces." Manic, pale-eyed and craggy-faced, with an often intense and explosive screen presence, Ryan was frequently cast as nasty villains, hard-boiled police officers, and strict military men. John gave a strong and touching performance in a rare change-of-pace sympathetic role as Frank Davis, the bitter and regretful father of a murderous monster mutant baby in Larry Cohen's excellent "It's Alive." He also portrayed Davis in the okay sequel "It Lives Again." Other notable movie parts include the fanatical Colonel Hardcore in "Shamus," shrewd mob capo Patsy O'Neill in the witty "Cops and Robbers," evil scientist Schneider in "Futureworld," the dogged Lt. Parmental in "Breathless," vicious Irish mobster Joe Flynn in "The Cotten Club;" at his ferocious best as sadistic prison Warden Ranken in the powerful "Runaway Train," hateful fascist lunatic Glastenbury in the exciting "Avenging Force," ruthless drug kingpin Nathan White in the cruddy "Death Wish IV: The Crackdown," ramrod high school principal Mr. O'Rourke in the amusing "Three O'Clock High," and lethal robot history teacher Mr. Hardin in "Class of 1999." Among the TV shows Ryan did guest spots on are "M.A.S.H.," "The Rockford Files," "Hawaii Five-O," "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," "Starsky & Hutch," "Kojak," "Hart to Hart," "The F.B.I.," and "Miami Vice." John had a recurring role on the TV series "Archer." In addition to his film and TV credits, Ryan also appeared in over 90 stage plays. Following his final film appearance in "Bound," John spent his later years giving acting lessons and was an advocate of spiritual healing. John P. Ryan died from a stroke at age 70 on March 20, 2007 in Los Angeles, California; he's survived by two daughters.
Name John P. Ryan
Also Known As
Birthday 1936-07-30
Deathday 2007-03-20
Gender Male
IMDB John P. Ryan profile on IMDB
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
As: Parmental
1983-05-13
Breathless...
As: Dr. Schneider
1976-08-13
Futureworld...
As: Hardcore
1973-01-31
Shamus...
As: Flagler
1977-09-21
A Killing Affair...
As: Mr. Hardin
1990-05-11
Class of 1999...
As: Ranken
1985-11-15
Runaway Train...
As: Mickey Malnato
1996-10-04
Bound...
As: Nathan White
1987-11-06
Death Wish 4: The Cr...
As: Spicer
1970-09-12
Five Easy Pieces...
As: Charles Mackley
1973-07-20
Dillinger...
As: Frank Davis
1974-10-15
It's Alive...
As: Frank Davis
1978-05-10
It Lives Again...
As: Coslough
1980-06-24
The Last Flight of N...
As: Lt. Kellerman
1987-10-30
Fatal Beauty...
As: Si
1976-05-19
The Missouri Breaks...
As: Gen. Taylor
1990-08-24
Delta Force 2: The C...
As: Surtees
1972-10-12
The King of Marvin G...
As: Prof. Elliott Glaste
1986-09-13
Avenging Force...
As: Captain Prescott
1988-06-01
Paramedics...
As: Johnson
1977-09-25
Kill Me If You Can...
As: Kennedy
1981-03-20
The Postman Always R...
As: Wieser
1988-01-15
Rent-a-Cop...
As: McGee
1983-07-28
Shooting Stars...
As: David Burnett
1986-11-22
Houston: The Legend ...
As: Red Bennett
1992-12-25
Hoffa...
As: John Blackstone
1994-11-03
Bad Blood...
As: Buzz Bronski (voice)
1993-12-25
Batman: Mask of the ...
As: Jennings
1989-11-10
Best of the Best...
As: Head of Program
1983-10-21
The Right Stuff...
As: Joe Flynn
1984-12-14
The Cotton Club...
As: Sam Bones
1992-01-03
Star Time...
As: Thomas Vandervere /
1990-11-15
Eternity...
As: Henry Logan
1991-03-17
Blood River...
As: The Devil
1993-01-01
Young Goodman Brown...
As: Mr. O'Rourke
1987-10-09
Three O'Clock High...
As: Unknown
1993-08-27
The Adventures of Br...
As: Unknown
1975-09-10
Starsky & Hutch...
As: Unknown
1984-09-16
Miami Vice...
As: Unknown
1965-09-19
The F.B.I....
As: Unknown
1968-09-20
Hawaii Five-O...
As: Unknown
1972-09-17
M*A*S*H...
As: Unknown
1981-11-24
Simon & Simon...
As: Unknown
1979-09-20
Buck Rogers in the 2...
As: Unknown
1979-09-22
Hart to Hart...
As: Unknown
1978-09-10
Kaz...
As: Unknown
1973-10-24
Kojak...
As: Unknown
1982-03-25
Cagney & Lacey...
As: Unknown
1974-09-13
Police Woman...
As: Unknown
1982-09-26
Matt Houston...
As: Unknown
1985-09-21
Hollywood Beat...
As: Unknown
1979-09-29
Paris...
As: Lieutenant Barney Br
1975-01-30
Archer...
As: Dearborn
1974-03-27
The Rockford Files...