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Fran Ryan

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Fran Ryan (November 29, 1916 – January 15, 2000) was an American character actress featured in television and films. She was born in Los Angeles, California. Fran Ryan began performing at the age of 6, at Oakland's Henry Duffy Theatre, in Northern California. She attended Stanford University for three years, and during World War II was a member of the USO entertaining troops. She performed comedy, singing and acting on stage in California and Chicago but was not to launch her television career for two decades. Her small screen debut came in an episode on Television's Batman, in 1966, followed by a bit part in Beverly Hillbillies. Ryan's best known television role was as Aggie Thompson in The Doris Day Show (in its first incarnation plotline theme), though the gig only lasted a few months. This role was cut short because she was offered the 'replacement' role on the hit series Green Acres as Doris Ziffel from 1969-1971. Fran was to replace Barbara Pepper, who by then was in poor health. Sadly, Miss Pepper died just five months later of heart ailments, on July 15, 1969. Ryan also starred on the long running TV Western series Gunsmoke during its twentieth and final season as Miss Hannah (Cobb). In 1987, she reprised the role of Miss Hannah in the TV movie Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge. Fran Ryan played the role of Sister Agatha in the soap opera General Hospital in (1979). She also did voices for cartoons such as Hong Kong Phooey, Mister T and Little Dracula. Fran starred on some TV shows for children like Sigmund and the Sea Monsters in 1975 as Gertrude Grouch, and in 1970s children's show The New Zoo Revue as Ms. Goodbody, the 1980s TV series No Soap, Radio as Mrs. Belmont, the short lived 1980s CBS TV series The Wizard as Tillie Russell from 1986-1987. Her last regular TV role was on The Dave Thomas Comedy Show. She starred in many feature films, including Flush (1977), Big Wednesday (1978), Take This Job and Shove It (1981), Pale Rider (1985), Chances Are, and in her scene-stealing cameo in 1981's Stripes, as a tortured cab fare to Bill Murray as the cabbie, in the opening scenes of the comedy film. Ryan made guest appearances on TV shows ranging from Batman, Adam-12, CHiPs, Quantum Leap, Night Court, Baywatch to The Commish. Fran Ryan was often compared to actress Marjorie Main; they looked similar to one another. Ryan died on January 15, 2000, at age 83. She is buried in the family plots alongside her mother, at the Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, in Hayward, California. Description above from the Wikipedia article Fran Ryan, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Nov 29, 1916 In Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
51
First Appeared:
In the series Gunsmoke 1955-09-10
Latest Project:
Movie Suture 1993-09-14
Known For
Poster of The Great Brain

Fran Ryan Movies Filmography

Movie
Suture
Mrs. Lucerne 1993-09-14
Movie
Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again
Miss Grundy 1990-05-06
Series
Tiny Toon Adventures
Unknown 1990-09-14
Movie
Nick Knight
Jeannie 1989-08-20
Series
Baywatch
Unknown 1989-04-23
Movie
Chances Are
Mavis Talmadge 1989-03-10
Movie
Out Cold
Arlene 1989-03-03
Movie
Lucky Stiff
Ma 1988-11-01
Movie
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge
Hannah 1987-09-27
Movie
Fuzzbucket
Mrs. Langendorf 1986-05-18
Series
Matlock
Unknown 1986-03-03
Series
The Wizard
1986-09-09
Movie
Quiet Cool
Ma 1986-11-08
Series
The Colbys
Unknown 1985-11-20
Series
Amazing Stories
Unknown 1985-09-29
Movie
Pale Rider
Ma Blankenship 1985-06-28
Series
Murder, She Wrote
Unknown 1984-09-30
Series
Highway to Heaven
Unknown 1984-09-19
Series
Punky Brewster
Unknown 1984-09-16
Series
Night Court
Unknown 1984-01-04
Movie
Eyes of Fire
Sister (Calvin's Wife) 1983-10-21
Series
Manimal
Unknown 1983-09-30
Series
Mister T
1983-09-17
Movie
Private School
Miss Dutchbok 1983-07-29
Movie
Savannah Smiles
Farmer Wilma 1982-04-09
Movie
Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice
Beatrice's Mother 1982-09-29
Series
Falcon Crest
Unknown 1981-12-04
Movie
Americana
Colonel 1981-05-16
Series
Hill Street Blues
Unknown 1981-01-15
Movie
Christmas Mountain
Flora 1981-01-01
Movie
Rocky II
Adrian's Nurse 1979-06-15
Movie
The Great Brain
Aunt Bertha 1978-06-01
Movie
Straight Time
Cafe Owner 1978-03-18
Movie
Panic in Echo Park
1977-06-23
Series
Grizzly Adams
Unknown 1977-02-09
Series
How the West Was Won
Unknown 1977-02-06
Series
Charlie's Angels
Unknown 1976-09-22
Movie
The Apple Dumpling Gang
Mrs. Stockley 1975-07-01
Movie
Long Way Home
1975-09-07
Series
Starsky & Hutch
Unknown 1975-09-10
Series
Hong Kong Phooey
1974-09-07
Series
Devlin
1974-09-07
Series
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
Gertrude 1973-09-08
Series
The Waltons
Unknown 1972-09-14
Movie
The Million Dollar Duck
Mrs. Purdham (uncredited) 1971-06-30
Series
Night Gallery
Unknown 1970-12-16
Series
McCloud
Unknown 1970-02-17
Series
The Bill Cosby Show
Unknown 1969-09-14
Series
Batman
Unknown 1966-01-12
Series
Green Acres
Unknown 1965-09-15
Series
Gunsmoke
Unknown 1955-09-10

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