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Fran Ryan

Tillie Russell in The Wizard

Photos Fran Ryan Birth name: Fran Ryan
Birth date: 1916/11/29
Date of death : 2000/01/15 (84 years old)
Birth place : Los Angeles (USA)

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Biography for Fran Ryan

An American character actress, Fran Ryan has been a familar face of screen and television since her theatrical stage performances in the 1950s and kept busy for nearly three decades. Ryan's similarity to actress Marjorie Main, quickly took notice in the late 1960s, and she frequently played tough mean-lipped and gruff women characters. Ryan's first major role in television was playing Aggie Thompson, the housekeeper on "The Doris Day Show" and quickly found her place as last minute replacements on several television shows. She replaced Barbara Pepper to play Doris Ziffel on the 1969-1970 season of "Green Acres". She also successfully succeeded Amanda Blake to play Miss Hannah on the 1974-1975 season of "Gunsmoke". Ryan's additional well known TV credits include "General Hospital" and "No Soap Radio". Upon her departure from television, Fran Ryan made the move to star in supporting parts major budgeted motion pictures such as "Big Wednesday", "The Long Riders", "Stripes", "Savannah Smiles", "Private School", "Eyes of Fire" and Clint Eastwood's "Pale Rider". Although she was never far from television, she returned to play Hannah the Barbarian in short lived animated series "Little Dracula" in 1991. Fran Ryan passed away at her home in Burbank, California on January 15th 2000 of natural causes.


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Title Role
River of Rage: The Taking of Maggie Keene (1993) (TV) Hattie
Suture (1993) Mrs. Lucerne
Little Dracula (1991) Serie TV (voice) Hannah the Barbarian
Thanksgiving Day (1990) (TV) Lois
Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again (1990) (TV) Miss Grundy
Nick Knight (1989) (TV) Jeannie
Chances Are (1989) Mavis Talmadge
Out Cold (1989) Atlas' Secretary
Lucky Stiff (1988) Ma
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) (TV) Miss Hannah
Rebel Love (1986) Granny Plug
Le Magicien (1986) Serie TV Tillie Russell
Stewardess School (1986) Fainting Lady
Fuzz Bucket (1986) (TV)
Pale Rider (1985) Ma Blankenship
Hell Town (1985) (TV) Mother Maggie
Sure Thing, The (1985) Lady in Car
Hollywood Wives (1985) (mini) Serie TV Nina Carrolle
Eyes of Fire (1983) Sister
Private School (1983) Miss Dutchbok
Circle of Power (1983) Marie Davis
Ghost Dancing (1983) (TV) Judge
Tough Enough (1983) Gert Long
Savannah Smiles (1982) Farmer Wilma
Johnny Belinda (1982) (TV) Aunt Aggie McAdam
Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice (1982) (TV) Beatrice's Mother
No Soap, Radio (1982) Serie TV Mrs. Belmont
Shoot the Moon (1982) Judge
Americana (1981) Colonel
Stripes (1981) Dowager in cab
Adventures of Nellie Bly, The (1981) (TV) Mrs. Roman
Take This Job and Shove It (1981) Mrs. Hinkle
Christmas Mountain (1980)
Long Riders, The (1980) Mrs. Zerelda Cole Samuel, Jesse's Mother
General Hospital (1963) Serie TV Sister Agatha (1979)
Goldie and the Boxer (1979) (TV) Cook
Rocky II (1979) Adrian's Nurse
Big Wednesday (1978) Lucy
Great Brain, The (1978)
Straight Time (1978) Cafe Owner
Flush (1977) Belle Chance
Deadly Game (1977) (TV) Frieda Beezly
Panic in Echo Park (1977) (TV)
Stalk the Wild Child (1976) (TV) Ellen Mott
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (1973) Serie TV Gertrude Gouch (1975)
Apple Dumpling Gang, The (1975) Mrs. Stockley
Gunsmoke (1955) Serie TV Miss Hannah (saloon owner) (1974-1975)
How to Seduce a Woman (1974) Mrs. Toklas
Devlin (1974) Serie TV (voice) Additional Voices
Hong Kong Phooey (1974) Serie TV
Hog Wild (1974) (TV) Flora
Pickup on 101 (1972)
New Zoo Revue (1972) Serie TV Ms. Goodbody
Scandalous John (1971) Farm Woman
$1,000,000 Duck (1971)
Green Acres (1965) Serie TV Doris Ziffel (1969-1971)
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) (TV)
Doris Day Show, The (1968) Serie TV Aggie Thompson (1968)


Often compared to the gruff but lovable Marjorie Main.


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