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Mitchell Ryan

Personal information
Birth dateJanuary 11, 1934(age 82)
Place of birthCincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActor

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Mitchell Ryan (born January 11, 1934) is an American actor most recently known for playing Edward Montgomery (Greg's father) on the sitcom Dharma & Greg. He also worked with his on-screen wife from Dharma & Greg, Susan Sullivan, in the short-lived series Julie Farr, M.D..

Ryan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After the Korean War, he went to the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. There he went on to make his acting debut in Thunder Road along with the Theatre's founder Robert Porterfield. Ryan was an original cast member on the cult TV soap Dark Shadows, playing Burke Devlin until he was fired from the show in June 1967 due to his alcoholism, and replaced by Anthony George. His other acting credits include Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Liar, Liar, Magnum Force (Dirty Harry's ill-fated despondent best friend and fellow traffic cop Charlie McCoy), Lethal Weapon (as the key villain, General Peter McAllister), Grosse Pointe Blank, Electra Glide in Blue, and Hot Shots! Part Deux (as senator Grey Edwards). In 1973, he played the lead in the NBC adventure show Chase, with co-stars Wayne Maunder and Reid Smith. In 1980, Ryan played wagonmaster Cooper Hawkins in the CBS western miniseries The Chisholms, taking a wagon train of pioneers to California during the 1840s, and becoming the de facto head of the Chisholm family after the death of patriarch Hadley Chisholm. And in 1985, he portrayed Tillet Main, the patriarch of the Main family in the first North and South (TV miniseries).

Ryan appeared in ABC's The Streets of San Francisco episode "The Unicorn", and in NBC's The A-Team episode "Waste 'Em". He appeared (credited as Mitchell Ryan) in an episode of Cannon, "Fool's Gold" in 1971. He appeared as the father of Commander William Riker in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Icarus Factor". (Ryan had earlier been considered for the part of series lead Captain Jean-Luc Picard.)He also appeared as the abusive boyfriend of Blanche Deveraux in The Golden Girls. He played a police officer in a 1993 episode of NYPD Blue. His Broadway theatre credits include Wait Until Dark, Medea, and The Price.

Ryan has been married and divorced twice and is the father of three children.




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