John P. Ryan

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John P. Ryan
John P. Ryan in Futureworld trailer.jpg
Ryan in Futureworld, 1976
John Patrick Ryan

(1936-07-30)July 30, 1936
DiedMarch 20, 2007(2007-03-20) (aged 70)
OccupationFilm, television actor

John Patrick Ryan (July 30, 1936 – March 20, 2007) was an American character actor, best known for his role as Warden Ranken in the 1985 film Runaway Train.[1]


The son of Irish immigrant parents, Ryan graduated from Rice High School and studied English at the City College of New York. He was a lifetime member of The Actors Studio.[2]

Ryan died from a stroke in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 70. He was survived by two daughters.[3]




  • Kojak (1973, TV series; episode: "Cop in the Cage") as Peter Ibbotson
  • Death Scream (1975) as Detective Dave Lambert
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1980, TV series; episode: "Twiki is Missing") as Kurt Belzack
  • M*A*S*H (1983, TV series; episode: "That Darn Kid") as Major Van Zandt
  • Miss Lonelyhearts (1983; TV film) as Peter Doyle
  • Simon & Simon (1984, TV series; episode: "Break a Leg, Darling") as Stewart Crawford
  • Cagney & Lacey (1985, TV series; episode: "Organized Crime") as Philip Corrigan
  • Miami Vice (1989, TV series; episode: "The Cell Within") as Jake Manning


  1. ^ "John P. Ryan, 70, actor". Variety. 27 March 2007. ISSN 0042-2738.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "John P. Ryan Obituary". The New York Times. 28 March 2007.

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