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US stage and film star Mitchell Ryan dies at the age of 88

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Former Lethal Weapon actor Mitchell Ryan has died at the age of 88.

Yan died of congestive heart failure at his home in Los Angeles, his stepdaughter Denise Freed told The Hollywood Reporter.

Ryan played a villain general in the first Lethal Weapon film and was also a ruthless businessman on television in Santa Barbara, with character roles on the soap opera Dark Shadows and the 1990s sitcom Dharma & Greg.

Robust, with granite jaws and a straight mane of hair, Ryan was instantly recognizable on television and the big screen.

His career spanned more than half a century, beginning with an uncredited role in the 1958 Robert Mitchum film Thunder Road.

He was a general-turned-heroin smuggler-turned-heroin smuggler in Lethal Weapon, a cop in Magnum Force and Electra Glide In Blue, and sneaky, murderous Las Vegas businessman Anthony Tonell in the nightly TV soap opera Santa Barbara.

I am blessed that after 30 years of being an alcoholic I have managed to live the life of a working actor to be the envy of someoneMitchell Ryan, in his 2021 autobiography

In the 1990s he had a long-running role as Greg’s wealthy, eccentric and drunk father on Dharma & Greg.

Ryan starred as Burke Devlin on the cult 1960s soap opera Dark Shadows for a series, but was fired for his alcoholism.

He admitted his drinking problems in his 2021 autobiography, Fall Of A Sparrow.

“I’m blessed that after 30 years of being an alcoholic I’ve managed to live the life of a working actor to be the envy of someone,” he said.

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“And I’ve lived a lot of real life while I was at it.

“Sober for the next 30 years, I’m told that I’ve come out of it all into a good and useful person.”

Ryan has had roles in many TV shows and films, from High Plains Drifter starring Clint Eastwood to Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers.

He has also appeared in theatre, including Broadway appearances in Wait Until Dark, Medea and The Price.

Kathryn Leigh Scott, who starred with him in Dark Shadows, said in a Facebook post, “He was a tremendous gift in my life. I cherish my warm memories of his beautiful soul. I have lovesickness.”

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/us-star-of-stage-and-screen-mitchell-ryan-dies-aged-88-41416664.html US stage and film star Mitchell Ryan dies at the age of 88

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