James Ryan (actor)
James Ryan is a South African actor, writer and director.
Ryan garnered international attention early in his career, starring in the 1977 film, Kill or Be Killed. Ryan appeared as a martial arts fighter in the alternate world film. He reprised the role 5 years later, in Kill and Kill Again, starring alongside Miss World winner, Anneline Kriel. The sequel proved a major box office success for a low-budget South African feature, reaching no.2 on the American box office and grossing $802 900 after two weeks in American theatres.
In 1989, he starred in Space Mutiny, a South African science-fiction action film. A year later he appeared alongside Susan Sarandon and Harvey Keitel in The January Man. In 1991, he wrote and starred in The Last Hero.
In 1994 he landed a role as in Halifax f.p: Hard Corps, an Australian television drama that won two Australian Film Institute awards. A year later he returned to the Martial Arts film genre, with a role in Kickboxer 5.
The following year he appeared in the From Dusk Till Dawn sequel, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money. Since then he has appeared in films such as Red Lipstick, Global Effect and Sterne über Madeira a German television 2-part drama alongside fellow South African, Moira Lister.