Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth, in Chicago of one of movies greatest actors, Robert Ryan. Ryan, it has been rightly pointed out (by critic Joe McBride I think), was never bad in a movie although he may have been in some bad movies. And he was frequently superb. I’m obviously not the only one who thinks so.
In his home town of Chicago they are right on the case, with the Chicago Reader coming up with a list of some of the actor’s most impressive performances. And it makes fascinating reading. Did any other actor work with so many great directors resulting in such a high degree of artistic success and such a rewarding body of work? I can’t think of anyone.
Great actor, all round good guy by all accounts. Tip of the hat to Mr. Ryan.