Sunday, September 6, 2009

What the Hell? (Robert Ryan edition)

Robert Ryan was only in about 80 films and a handful of TV shows during his long career, yet he seems to be in just about every movie I watch lately.

What the Hell?


  1. Did you know John Flynn? Seems to me you did... anyway, he directed Ryan's last movie, "The Outfit," based on one of the Stark books.Fucking excellent.

  2. Yeah. I knew John. Not that well, but I knew him. A great guy - and very good director - who had been almost completely forgotten by the film biz by the time he checked out.

    Robert Ryan had three other films released in 1973 as well as THE OUTFIT. And he was dead by July. He sure went down swinging!

  3. You're a man of impeccable taste, that's all.

  4. Yeah and while he was dying he did The Iceman Cometh. To me he overwhelmed Lee Marvin who had the lead but didn't quite seem to know what to do with it. The combination of pain and rage made Ryan my favorite noir actor.