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Robert Ryan Height, Weight, Age, Death, Family, Biography

Robert Ryan Quick Info
Height 6 ft 4 in
Weight 88 kg
Date of Birth November 11, 1909
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Date of Death July 11, 1973

Robert Ryan was an American actor and activist whose career spanned over 3 decades and he was cast in various films such as Queen of the Mob, North West Mounted Police, Golden GlovesThe Sky’s the Limit, The Iron MajorTender Comrade, The Woman on the BeachBest of the Badmen, Trail StreetBerlin ExpressCrossfireReturn of the Bad Men, The Boy with Green Hair, God’s Little Acre, Billy Budd, I Married a CommunistAct of Violence, Born to Be Bad, The Longest DayClash by Night, Hour of the Gun, The Secret Fury, On Dangerous Ground, Flying Leathernecks, City Beneath the Sea, Odds Against Tomorrow, The Naked Spur, The Crooked Road, The Dirty Dozen, Alaska Seas, Inferno, Captain Nemo and the Underwater CityThe Iceman Cometh, About Mrs. LeslieBad Day at Black Rock, House of Bamboo, The Tall MenEscape to BurmaThe Proud OnesMen at WarBack from Eternity, Day of the OutlawThe CanadiansKing of Kings, Battle of the BulgeThe Professionals, The Busy Body, Executive Action, The Wild BunchThe Love Machine, and Lawman.

Born Name

Robert Bushnell Ryan

Nick Name


Robert Ryan as seen in 'The Naked Spur' (1953)
Robert Ryan as seen in ‘The Naked Spur’ (1953) (Unknown Author / eBay / Public Domain)


He was born on November 11, 1909.


On July 11, 1973, Robert Ryan died from lung cancer at the age of 63 in New York City, New York, United States.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Chicago, Illinois, United States


He resided in the Dakota at 72nd and Central Park West in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States.





Robert Ryan studied at Loyola Academy located in Wilmette, Illinois. He then attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 1932.

During his time at Dartmouth, he held the heavyweight boxing title for all 4 years of his attendance as well as lettered in football and track.


Actor, Activist


  • Father – Timothy Aloysius Ryan (Owned a real estate firm) (Died in 1936)
  • Mother – Mabel Arbutus (née Bushnell) (Secretary)
  • Others – Katharine (Granddaughter) (A research associate at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon), Lisa (Granddaughter), Tammy (Granddaughter), Jeff (Grandson)



Robert Ryan and Barbara Stanwyck in 'Clash by Night' (1952)
Robert Ryan and Barbara Stanwyck in ‘Clash by Night’ (1952) (Trailer Screenshot / ‘Clash by Night’ Trailer / Public Domain)


6 ft 4 in or 193 cm


88 kg or 194 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Robert Ryan had dated –

  1. Jessica Cadwalader (1939-1972) – He got married to Jessica Cadwalader on March 11, 1939, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in West Hollywood. They had 3 children – two sons named Timothy Ryan (b. 1946) and Cheyney Ryan (b. 1948) (a research fellow at Oxford University and a professor of philosophy and law at the University of Oregon) and a daughter named Lisa Ryan (b. 1951). Robert and Jessica remained together until her death in 1972. Shortly before his own death, Ryan stated, “I’ve been lucky as hell with my career and my family”.
  2. Merle Oberon (1947) – Robert Ryan was romantically involved with actor Merle Oberon in the year 1947. They also co-starred in the drama film Berlin Express (1948).
  3. Maureen O’Sullivan (1968-1973) – He reportedly had an affair with Irish actor Maureen O’Sullivan between 1968 and 1973.

Race / Ethnicity


Robert Ryan was of Irish and English descent.

Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Towering height
  • Chicago accent
  • Often played hardened cops and ruthless villains

Brand Endorsements

Robert Ryan did print ads for Indian motorcycles in 1949.


He was raised Catholic.

Robert Ryan as seen in a still
Robert Ryan as seen in a still (Insomnia Cured Here / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Robert Ryan Favorite Things

  • One Of His Favorite FilmsThe Set-Up (1949)


Robert Ryan Facts

  1. From January 1944 to November 1945, he was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a drill instructor at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. It was during this time that he befriended writer and future director Richard Brooks.
  2. For his performance in the film noir drama Crossfire (1947), he was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor”.
  3. Robert Ryan was a heavy smoker and was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the lymph glands in 1970. Nevertheless, he decided to keep working and said, “I’ve had a good shot at life.”

Featured Image by Unknown Author / eBay / Public Domain

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