Ruby and Oswald

Ruby and Oswald is a 1978 American made-for-television drama film about the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy. It stars Michael Lerner and Frederic Forrest.[1]

Ruby and Oswald
Written byJohn McGreevey
Michael McGreevey
Directed byMel Stuart
StarringMichael Lerner
Frederic Forrest
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Alan Landsburg
Howard Lipstone
Producer(s)Paul Freeman
CinematographyMatthew F. Leonetti
Editor(s)Corky Ehlers
George Hively
Running time180 minutes
Production company(s)Alan Landsburg Productions
Original networkCBS
Original releaseFebruary 8, 1978


Jack Ruby (Michael Lerner) is a warm-hearted but hot-tempered and patriotic nightclub owner, who loves President Kennedy. Lee Harvey Oswald (Frederic Forrest), a troubled loner with a speckled past is looking to merely acquire fame. On November 22, Oswald kills the president. On the 24th, Ruby kills Oswald, being motivated exclusively by his love for the president.



Journalist Jeremiah O'Leary witnessed Ruby's shooting of Oswald in the basement of Dallas Police headquarters on November 24, 1963.[2] In a review for The Washington Times, O'Leary wrote: "The actors and the director succeeded only in making a bore of a weekend that was as exciting as it was horrible."[2]


  1. "Ruby and Oswald". The New York Times.
  2. O'Leary, Jeremiah (February 8, 1978). "'Ruby and Oswald'; Those Single Blinding Moments Become A Banal Exercise" (PDF). The Washington Times. Washington, D.C. Section C. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
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