Ryan, Robert Bushnell, Cpl

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0911-Drill Instructor
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 0911, 3rd Recruit Training Bn (Cadre)
Service Years
1944 - 1945

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 Personal Details 

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1909
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
New York
Last Address
New York

Date of Passing
Jul 11, 1973
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Cremated Ashes Scattered

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Drill Instructor US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1944, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 1461
 Unit Assignments
Drill Instructors School, MCRD SD, CA3rd Recruit Training Bn (Cadre)
  1944-1944, 0311, Drill Instructors School, MCRD SD, CA
  1944-1945, 0911, 3rd Recruit Training Bn (Cadre)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended
Dartmouth College
  1929-1932, Dartmouth College
 Military Association Memberships
Famous People Who Served
  2014, Famous People Who Served [Verified]
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Chicago-born, distinguished U.S. actor and longtime civil rights campaigner, Robert Ryan served in the United States Marines as a drill instructor (winning a boxing championship) and went on to become a key figure in post WWII American film noir and western productions.

Ryan grabbed critical attention for his dynamic performances as an anti-Semitic bully in the superb Crossfire (1947), as an over-the-hill boxer who refuses to take a fall in The Set-Up (1949) and as a hostile & jaded cop in On Dangerous Ground (1952). Ryan's athletic physique, intense gaze and sharply delivered, authoritarian tones made him an ideal actor for the oily world of the film noir genre, and he contributed solid performances to many noir features, usually as a vile villain. Ryan played a worthy opponent for bounty hunter James Stewart in the Anthony Mann directed western The Naked Spur (1953), he locked horns with an intrepid investigator Spencer Tracy in the suspenseful Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) and starred alongside Harry Belafonte in the grimy, gangster flick Odds Against Tomorrow (1959). Plus, the inventive Ryan excelled as the ruthless "John Claggart" in Billy Budd (1962), and two different WWII US generals - first in the star-filled The Longest Day (1962) and then in Battle of the Bulge (1965).

For the next eight years prior to his untimely death in 1973, Ryan landed some tremendous roles in a mixture of productions each aided by his high-caliber acting skills leaving strong impressions on movie audiences. He was one of the hard men hired to pursue kidnapped Claudia Cardinale in the hard boiled action of The Professionals (1966), a by-the-book army colonel clashing with highly unorthodox army major Lee Marvin in The Dirty Dozen (1967), and an embittered bounty hunter (again) forced to hunt down old friend William Holden in the violent Sam Peckinpah western classic The Wild Bunch (1969). Ryan's final on-screen performance was in the terrific production of The Iceman Cometh (1973) based on the Eugene O'Neill play and also starring Lee Marvin and Fredric March.

Legend has it that Sam Peckinpah clashed very heatedly with Ryan during the making of The Wild Bunch (1969); however Peckinpah eventually backed down when a crew member reminded Sam of Robert Ryan's proficiency with his fists!

Primarily a man of pacifist beliefs, Ryan often found it a challenge playing sadistic and racist characters that very much were at odds with his own personal ideals. Additionally, Ryan actively campaigned for improved civil rights, restricting the growth of nuclear weapons, and he strongly opposed McCarthyism and its abuse of innocent people. A gifted, intelligent and powerful actor, Robert Ryan passed away on July 11th, 1973 of lung cancer.
   
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