Mitchell Ryan, Who Starred In ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Dharma & Greg,’ Dies at 88

Mitchell Ryan

Mitchell Ryan, who’s well known for his famous acting in films like ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Dharma & Greg’ took his last breath at the age of 88.

The great Hollywood legend also starred in some other films like ‘Monte Walsh’ and ‘Magnum Force’, ‘All My Children’ along with ‘Dark Shadows’.

The legendary actor is known to have played the character of a retired general in the first Lethal Weapon movie, an obnoxious father on Dharma & Greg and an ex-con on Dark Shadows died at the age of 88 years.

Ryan died because of congestive heart failure. He was at his home in LA (Los Angeles). This is what his step Denise Freed told The Hollywood Reporter.

One of the films where Mitchell Ryan proved his character include Monte Walsh (1970). The film was directed by William Fraker from a novel written by Jack Schaefer.

It was in 1973 when Mitchell Ryan had a great year when he got the chance to appear opposite Clint Eastwood High Plains Drifter and Magnum Force. He also worked with Robert Mitchum in Peter Yates’ The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973).

There are several other films where Mitchell Ryan proved that he’s priceless. For example, he once portrayed the role of Druid-like cult in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995). Some others include Minnie Driver’s father in Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) and Hugh Hefner in Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981).

Out of his films, Lethal Weapon (1987) is one of his films that helped him to grab all the fame. Mitchell Ryan also enacted in various plays where he played the role of Edward Montgomery in an American sitcom titled Dharma & Greg.

In the above sitcom, Mitchell Ryan played the memorable role of a boozy and rich father of Notre Dame and Greg (Thomas Gibson) who are seen to have frequent fights with Dharma’s hippie dad (Alan Rachins).

For a span of 3 years, Mitchell Ryan played the role of ex-con Burke Devlin on Dark Shadows before he was actually asked to leave in the year 1966. He later disclosed that he was drunk that entire year and barely remembered what it was actually about.

This is what Mitchell Ryan had to share, “I was so drunk that year, I barely remember what it was about,” he told TV Guide in 1976. (He said he eventually gave up booze.)”

Kathryn Leigh Scott who’s the Dark Shadows co-star of Mitchell Ryan wrote on Facebook, “Ryan was a great gift in my life. I cherish my warm memories of his beautiful soul. I’m heartbroken.” he said.

The legendary actor appeared in some other shows including General Hospital, Santa Barbara and All My Children.

It was in the year 2018 when Ryan said that he almost grabbed the role of Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

“I was pretty well considered until they ran across that incredible British actor … Patrick Stewart,” he said. “I don’t know how close I came, but I was told [at the time] I was really being considered and it was looking good.”

It was in 1989 when Mitchell Ryan appeared as an estranged father of Cmdr, Mitchell Ryan appeared in the series.


Mitchell Ryan Was A Fabulous Actor Who Died at 88

Mitchell Ryan was born on January 11, 1934 in Cincinnati. He was raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His mother was a writer and father was a novelty salesman.

Ryan also had a small stint in the US Navy where he actually served in their entertainment wing during the Korean War. This was when Mitchell Ryan was convinced that he’s made for acting, especially after he Dark of the Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).

“If you are [young] and have no feelings of your own, the theater has a fatal attraction,” he told TV Guide. “I became totally involved, worked for nothing, 20 hours a day. Playing at being somebody else took me out of myself and gave the illusion of meaning and worth.”

At this time, he decided to move New York (NY) for the better prospects in his career and started working on stage and also in various television shows. Finally, he made his debut in films titled Thunder Road. It was released in 1958 and starred Robert Mitchum.

In his career Ryan appeared in some other TV shows like The Defenders and Naked City. Later he also joined Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival as well. He also starred in films like Wait Until Dark which was directed by Arthur Penn.

In the year during 1970’s, Ryan starred in as many as 3 TV series like a cop show titled Chase. It was created by Stephen J. Cannell and based on a movie by William Holden.

Some of his other films include The Devil’s Own (1997), Liar Liar (1997), Judge Dredd (1995), Speechless (1994), Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), Midway (1976) and Two-Minute Warning (1976).

Mitchell Ryan was survived by his step daughter along with his wife, Barbara and grandchildren Noah, Kaila and Olivia. He’s also known to have published his own memoir titled Fall of a Sparrow in the year 2021.


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