Robert Ryan burst on the scene after World War II, bringing raw emotional and physical power and subtle intelligence to some of the darkest and toughest films of the postwar era. A master of harrowing inner conflict and barely suppressed rage, Ryan created an indelible gallery of tightly wound bullies, brooding killers, and honorable but tormented heroes. Offscreen, the man known for his searing portraits of racists and bigots was a passionate progressive and a deeply private family man; his keen insight into the roots of prejudice made his performances a form of activism, as his friend (and his ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW costar) Harry Belafonte noted. An essential actor in film noir, Ryan embodied lonely and violent men with compassion and fearless honesty.
Directed by Robert Wise • 1949 • United States
Starring Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias
In one of his defining performances, Robert Ryan stars as boxer Stoker Thompson, an over-the-hill heavyweight boxer who’s been in the game for twenty years and is sure he’s just one punch away from ...
Directed by Nicholas Ray • 1951 • United States
Starring Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino, Ward Bond
When hardened big-city police detective Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) roughs up one too many suspects, he’s sent to the countryside to cool his heels and help search for the murderer of a small-town schoolg...
Directed by John Sturges • 1955 • United States
Starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis
Ace genre craftsman John Sturges directs Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan in this taut western noir. Tracy is the one-armed war veteran John J. Macreedy, who arrives in the remote desert outpost of Bla...