Photos with Rich Ryan
Rich Ryan (Thomas Richard Ryan) was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. His mother had been a coloratura soprano and his father a stand up comedian before raising four kids necessitated a career change for them. Their love for the performing arts was instilled in Rich, though he gravitated towards writing in his early years, studying Communication Arts at Fordham University. He had actor friends like Ed Dennehy, Brian Dennehy's younger brother, however, and became interested in theater, studying with Herbert Berghof and William Hickey in New York City. Read more... founding member of the Actors/Writers Company which produced original dramas and comedies on Manhattan Cable Television in the late 70's. He had good roles in low budget films as well as some soap operas, like "One Life to Live" and "Days of Our Lives" but continued with his first love, the stage, playing Hoederer in Dirty Hands by Sartre, and Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger, which won him a best actor award in Direct Theater's 1975 Summer Festival. Ryan settled in Los Angeles in 1990 and did some theater and independent films, but mainly he wrote seven screenplays and a TV sitcom pilot. These works couldn't find a producer, so beginning in 2003 he began producing and directing his own screenplays. One was a comedy of single men and women hooking up by chance in Elysian Park, called L.A. Hetero, another was an homage to the classic 50's western Shane, entitled Ghost of a Hollywood Cowboy, and his most ambitious video was Once in a Lifetime about how the September 11, 2001 attacks affected three oil billionaires, who suffered tragic losses, but also profited handsomely. Discouraged by not finding a good distribution deal for these works, either in the U.S. or Europe, he changed course and taught English in Asia for several years. Rich went to Bollywood in 2012 and worked in a soap opera and the big budget film Dhoom 3, but Western actors must speak fluent Hindi if they want regular work in the biggest film market in the world. He is back in Los Angeles, recently acting in cable TV and commercials, while keeping a sharp eye out for a producer for his screenplays.