Mary Ryan (actress; 1885-1948)

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Mary Ryan
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Ryan in 1921
Mary E. Ryan

November 11, 1885
DiedOctober 2, 1948 (aged 62)
Years active1890s–1936
Spouse(s)Samuel Forrest [1]

Mary Ryan (November 11, 1885 – October 2, 1948) [2] was an American stage and screen actress. She began acting as a child and was a popular young ingenue in the first decade of the twentieth century. She later made over 30 silent film shorts. She appeared in the 1906 hit play Brewster's Millions starring Edward Abeles. She was the leading lady to John Barrymore in his first breakout Broadway success, The Fortune Hunter (1909). In 1912 she signed with the Philadelphia-based Lubin Manufacturing Company to appear in their short films. She is not to be confused with actress Mary Nash who was also born as Mary Ryan.

Brewster's Millions is a play written by Winchell Smith and Byron Ongley, based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon. Producers Frederic Thompson and Elmer "Skip" Dundy staged it on Broadway in 1906. The play is about a young man who must spend a million dollars that he has inherited in order to inherit many millions more.

Edward Abeles American actor

Edward Abeles was an American actor. He appeared in 8 films between 1914 and 1918. Prior to working for Famous Players-Lasky, of which he was one of the founding members, he had a lengthy stage career behind him.

John Barrymore American actor of stage, screen and radio

John Sidney Barrymore was an American actor on stage, screen and radio. A member of the Drew and Barrymore theatrical families, he initially tried to avoid the stage, and briefly attempted a career as an artist, but appeared on stage together with his father Maurice in 1900, and then his sister Ethel the following year. He began his career in 1903 and first gained attention as a stage actor in light comedy, then high drama, culminating in productions of Justice (1916), Richard III (1920) and Hamlet (1922); his portrayal of Hamlet led to him being called the "greatest living American tragedian".


Personal life

Ryan was married to Sam Forrest from 1908 until his death in 1944. She died October 2, 1948, from undisclosed causes, at age 62. [3]


The Sheriff's Prisoner is a 1912 silent short western film starring Robyn Adair, Mary Ryan, a popular stage actress making her motion picture debut. The Lubin Manufacturing Company produced with release by the General Film Company.

The Forest Ranger is a 1912 silent short film directed by Romaine Fielding and starring Mary Ryan.

The Family Next Door is a 1912 silent short film directed by and starring Romaine Fielding and with Mary Ryan.

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  1. Who Was Who in the Theatre: 1912-1976 p.2099 v.4 compiled from original annual editions by John Parker; this 1976 edition published by Gale Research Company
  2. Who Was Who on Screen 3rd Edition, p. 636 by Evelyn Mack Truitt c. 1983
  3. Silent Film Necrology 2nd Edition, p. 462 by Eugene Michael Vazzana, c.2001
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