Mitchell Ryan (born January 11, 1934) is an American former film, television, and stage actor, who in his six decades of television is known for playing Burke Devlin in the 1960s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, and later for his co-starring role as Thomas Gibson's father Edward Montgomery on Dharma & Greg. He also played the villainous General Peter McAllister in the 1987 buddy cop action film Lethal Weapon.
Ryan in 1973
|Born||January 11, 1934|
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lynda Morse (divorced)|
Ryan was born on January 11, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His father was a novelty salesman. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. After the Korean War, he went to the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. There, he went on to make his acting debut in Thunder Road along with the theatre's founder Robert Porterfield.
Ryan was an original cast member on the cult TV soap opera Dark Shadows, playing Burke Devlin until he was fired from the show in June 1967 due to his alcoholism, and replaced by Anthony George.
In 1970, Ryan was in one episode of The High Chaparral as a character named Jelks, who was on the run from the law.
He appeared in an episode of Cannon, "Fool's Gold" in 1971, and in ABC's The Streets of San Francisco episode "The Unicorn". In 1973, he played the lead in the NBC adventure show Chase, with co-stars Wayne Maunder and Reid Smith.
In 1975, Ryan played in Barnaby Jones, episode titled “Counterfall”. In 1976-77, he portrayed the leading character on Executive Suite and worked with his future on-screen wife from Dharma & Greg, Susan Sullivan, in the short-lived series Julie Farr, M.D..
His other acting credits include Liar, Liar, Cannon, Magnum Force playing as Dirty Harry's ill-fated despondent best friend and fellow police officer, a burned out motorcycle patrolman named Charlie McCoy, Lethal Weapon playing the key villain, General Peter McAllister, Grosse Pointe Blank, Electra Glide in Blue, and Hot Shots! Part Deux playing senator Grey Edwards. And in 1985, he portrayed Tillet Main, the patriarch of the Main family in the first North and South miniseries. In 1991, he played Ellis Blake in the sixth season Matlock episode: "The Foursome".
Ryan appeared in NBC's The A-Team episode "Waste 'Em", as Grant Everett in the two-part Silk Stalkings episode "Partners", and as Kyle Riker, the father of Commander William Riker, in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Icarus Factor"; Ryan had earlier been considered for the part of series lead Captain Jean-Luc Picard. He also portrayed the roles of the abusive boyfriend of Blanche Deveraux in The Golden Girls and a police officer in a 1993 episode of NYPD Blue. That same year, Ryan was Dallas Shields in Renegade. He appeared in the 1963 episode of Hart to Hart 'Highland Fling'. In 1994, he appeared again in Hart to Hart, this time in the episode 'Home Is Where the Hart Is'. In 1995, he appeared in Judge Dredd and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers as Dr. Terence Wynn (played by Robert Phalen in the original Halloween film).
He was the Screen Actors Guild Foundation president.
- Thunder Road (1958) as Jed Moultrie (uncredited)
- Dark Shadows (1966-1967 TV Series) (1966-1967) as Burke Devlin
- Monte Walsh (1970) as Shorty Austin
- My Old Man's Place (1971) as Sgt. Martin Flood
- The Hunting Party (1971) as Doc Harrison
- Chandler (1971) as Charles 'Chuck' Kincaid
- The Honkers (1972) as Lowell
- A Reflection of Fear (1972) as Inspector McKenna
- High Plains Drifter (1973) as Dave Drake
- The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) as Waters
- Electra Glide in Blue (1973) as Det. Harvey Poole
- Magnum Force (1973) as Officer Charlie McCoy
- Midway (1976) as RAdm. Aubrey W. Fitch (uncredited)
- Two-Minute Warning (1976) as The Priest
- Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981) as Hugh Hefner
- North and South (TV miniseries) (1985) as Tillet Main
- Penalty Phase (1986) as Judge Donald Faulkner
- Lethal Weapon (1987) as General Peter McCallister
- Star Trek: The Next Generation The Icarus Factor (1989) as Kyle Riker, father of Commander Will Riker
- Winter People (1989) as Drury Campbell
- L.A. Law (S5:E5 - Smoke Gets In Your Thighs) (1990) as Duncan Young
- Aces: Iron Eagle III (1992) as General Simms
- The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them (1993) as Kenneth Davenport
- Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) as Gray Edwards
- Blue Sky (1994) as Ray Stevens
- Speechless (1994) as Lloyd Wannamaker
- Judge Dredd (1995) as Vartis Hammond
- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) as Dr. Terrence Wynn
- Ed (1996) as Abe Woods
- The Devil's Own (1997) as Chief Jim Kelly
- Liar Liar (1997) as Mr. Allan
- Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) as Mr. Bart Newberry
- Making Contact (1999) as Hunter
- Love for Rent (2005) as Doctor (uncredited)
- Mitchell Ryan Biography - Yahoo! Movies
- Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 279. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
- Barnabas & Company: The Cast of the TV Classic Dark Shadows, Craig Hamrick & R. J. Jamison: Ryan is quoted as saying "I was so drunk that year, I barely remember what it was about" in a 1976 TV Guide interview
- "Letters of Note: STAR TREK/Casting". Retrieved March 25, 2010.
- Screen Actors Guild Foundation Launches Storyline Online II
- Mitchell Ryan on IMDb
9. Demetria Fulton; previewed Ryan in Barnaby Jones; episode titled “Counterfall”(02/04/1975).
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