Irene Ryan Actor

Irene Ryan (October 17, 1902 - April 26, 1973) was an American actress, one of the few entertainers who found success in vaudeville, radio, film, television and Broadway. She is most widely known for her portrayal of "Granny" on the long-running TV series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971), for which she was nominated for Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1963 and 1964. Commonly thought to have been born in El Paso, Texas, Irene was actually born in San Francisco, California (IMDB entry for Irene Ryan). This is proven by personal records closer to the family, and census records. Ryan was born Jessie Irene Noblitt. She was born to an American father, James Merrit Noblitt, and an Irish immigrant mother, Katherine McSharry. Before her role as "Granny" on The Beverly Hillbillies, Ryan was an established vaudeville, radio, and movie actress, though not as well known prior to her television stint. Ryan and her first husband, writer-comedian Tim Ryan, were popular in vaudeville.

Personal details

Date of birth
October 17th, 1902
Nationality
United States of America
Date of death
April 26th, 1973 at age of 70
Place of death
Santa Monica, California, United States of America
Cause of death
Stroke
Places lived
El Paso , Texas
pop. 674,433 (2013)

Family

Parents
Siblings
Spouses

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Drama36.47
Romance26.75
Comedy56.08
Musical25.5

1. Spring Reunion (1957)

Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
79.0

Spring Reunion is a 1957 American film. that centers on the fifteen-year reunion of the fictional Carson High School class of 1941.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

2. Ricochet Romance (1954)

Comedy, Western
played Miss Clay
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
80.0
,
Richard Wilson
Kay Lenard
12 Show list

Ricochet Romance is a 1954 comedy western film written by Kay Lenard and directed by Charles Lamont.

Awards

Top cast

Mrs. Harvey
Dave King
Tom Williams
Timmy Williams
Alfredo Gonzáles
Pansy Jones
Manuel Gonzales
Mr. Webster
Worthington Higgenmacher
Mr. Daniels
Betsy Williams
Claire Renard
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
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Milton Rosen
George Robinson
English
United States of America

3. Blackbeard the Pirate (1952)

Adventure
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
99.0

Blackbeard the Pirate is a 1952 Technicolor adventure film made by RKO. The film was directed by Raoul Walsh and produced by Edmund Grainger from a screenplay by Alan Le May based on the story by DeVallon Scott.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Piracy
William E. Snyder
English
United States of America

4. Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (1948)

Comedy
played Opal Cheever
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
76.0
Robert Golden
Lewis Meltzer
11 Show list

Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven is a 1948 American romantic comedy film directed by William Castle and starring Guy Madison and Diana Lynn.

Awards

Top cast

Ruby Cheever
Bellhop
Carmody
Capt. Bjorn
Gaboolian
Copy Boy
Mike
Eddie Tayloe
Pearl Cheever
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

5. Heading for Heaven (1947)

Comedy
played Molly the Maid
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
65.0
George Moskov
Oscar Mugge
,
7 Show list

Heading for Heaven is a 1947 American film directed by Lewis D. Collins based on the 1929 play For the Sake of the Family by Daniel Brown. Made by Pathe Industries for release by Producers Releasing Corporation, the film was later picked up for distribution by Eagle-Lion Films after PRC's demise. It was one of several films of the time depicting fraudulent spiritualism such as Nightmare Alley, The Spiritualist and London Belongs to Me.

Awards

Top cast

Roger Wingate
Alvin Ponacress
Nora Elkins
Elwood Harding
Henry Elkins
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
George Robinson
English
United States of America

6. The Woman on the Beach (1947)

Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
71.0

The Woman on the Beach is a 1947 film noir directed by Jean Renoir, released by RKO Radio Pictures, and starring Robert Ryan, Joan Bennett, and Charles Bickford.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
France, United States of America

7. The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946)

Drama, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
86.0

The Diary of a Chambermaid is a drama film about a newly hired servant who severely disrupts a wealthy family. The film was based on the novel of the same name by Octave Mirbeau and the play Le journal d'une femme de Chambre, written by André de Lorde, with André Heuse and Thielly Nores. The film was directed by Jean Renoir, and starred Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, Hurd Hatfield, and Francis Lederer.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

8. That Night with You (1945)

Comedy
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
84.0

That Night with You is a film directed by William A. Seiter released on Sep 28, 1945.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Vera West
English
United States of America

9. Sarong Girl (1943)

Comedy, Musical
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
62.0
Arthur Dreifuss

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

10. Melody Parade (1943)

Musical
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
72.0
Arthur Dreifuss

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

Starring TV roles

1. The Beverly Hillbillies

Comedy, Family
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

Granny
CBS
September 26th, 1962 March 23rd, 1971 10 English

Guest TV appearances

Bringing Up Buddy

Program genre

Sitcom

External resources

Bringing Up Buddy is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS during the 1960–1961 season.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E14 January 22nd, 1961 Cynthia Boyle
S01-E29 May 10th, 1961

General Electric Theater

Program genre

Anthology
Anthology series

External resources

General Electric Theater is an American anthology series hosted by Ronald Reagan that was broadcast on CBS radio and television. The series was sponsored by General Electric's Department of Public Relations.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S10-E17 January 21st, 1962 Mr. Bryant

Mister Ed

Program genre

Sitcom
Comedy

External resources

Mister Ed is an American television situation comedy produced by Filmways that first aired in syndication from January 5 to July 2, 1961, and then on CBS from October 1, 1961, to February 6, 1966. The show's title character is a talking horse, originally appearing in short stories by Walter R. Brooks.nMister Ed is one of the few series to debut in syndication and be picked up by a major network for prime time.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S06-E05 October 10th, 1965 Granny

My Three Sons

Program genre

Comedy
Sitcom

External resources

My Three Sons is an American situation comedy. The series ran from 1960 to 1965 on ABC, and moved to CBS until its end on August 24, 1972. My Three Sons chronicles the life of widower and aeronautical engineer Steven Douglas as he raises his three sons. The series originally featured William Frawley as the boys' live-in maternal grandfather, Bub. William Demarest, playing Bub's brother, replaced Frawley in 1965 due to Frawley's health issues. In September 1965, eldest son Mike marries and is written out-of the show;
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E15 January 11th, 1962 Rusty Wallace

NBC Matinee Theater

Program genre

Anthology series
Anthology
Drama

External resources

Matinee Theater is an American anthology series that aired on NBC during the Golden Age of Television, from 1955 to 1958. The series, which ran daily in the afternoon, was frequently live. It was produced by Albert McCleery, Darrell Ross, George Cahan and Frank Price with executive producer George Lowther. McCleery had previously produced the live series Cameo Theatre which introduced to television the concept of theater-in-the-round, TV plays staged with minimal sets.nJim Buckley of the Pewter Plough Playhouse recalled:nWhen Al McCleery got back to the States, he originated a most ambitious theatrical TV series for NBC called Matinee Theater: to televise five different stage plays per week live, airing around noon in order to promote color TV to the American housewife as she labored over her ironing. Al was the producer. He hired five directors and five art directors. Richard Bennett, one of our first early presidents of the Pewter Plough Corporation, was one of the directors and I was one of the art directors and, as soon as we were through televising one play, we had lunch and then met to plan next week’s show.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E117 April 12th, 1956 Ray Moore

Petticoat Junction

Program genre

Comedy
Sitcom

External resources

Petticoat Junction is an American situation comedy produced by Wayfilms that originally aired on CBS from September 1963 to April 1970. The series is one of three interrelated shows about rural characters created by Paul Henning. Petticoat Junction was created upon the success of Henning's previous rural/urban-themed sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. The success of Petticoat Junction led to a spin-off Green Acres.nThe setting for the series is the Shady Rest Hotel, just outside the farming town of Hooterville. The hotel is situated on the train line of the C. & F.W. Railroad, halfway between the towns of Pixley and Hooterville, each 25 miles away.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S06-E12 December 21st, 1968 Daisy Granny" Moses"
S06-E05 November 2nd, 1968 Granny

The Danny Thomas Show

Program genre

Sitcom
Comedy

External resources

The Danny Thomas Show is an American sitcom which ran from 1953 to 1957 on ABC and from 1957 to 1964 on CBS. A revival series known as Make Room for Granddaddy aired on ABC from 1970 to 1971.nIn March 1953, Danny Thomas first signed the contract for the show with ABC and chose Desilu Studios to film it using its three-camera method. Two proposed titles during pre-production were The Children's Hour and Here Comes Daddy.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E15 January 4th, 1955

The Dean Martin Show

Program genre

Variety show
Comedy
Television comedy

External resources

The Dean Martin Show, also known as The Dean Martin Variety Show, is a TV variety-comedy series that ran from 1965 to 1974 for 264 episodes. It was broadcast by NBC and hosted by entertainer Dean Martin. The theme song to the series was his 1964 hit Everybody Loves Somebody.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S05-E13 December 11th, 1969

The Don Knotts Show

Program genre

Variety show
Comedy

External resources

The Don Knotts Show was a variety program aired by NBC as part of its 1970-71 lineup.nLong relegated to the role of sidekick, which he had portrayed for many years in several television series and films, Don Knotts was the headliner here. Each week, he and his guests put on standard TV variety fare of the era. Two recurring features were a skit about the effort involved in putting a weekly television series on the air, much in the spirit of The Jack Benny Show, and The Front Porch, in which Don and a guest would sit in rocking chairs and quietly discuss their philosophies of life. Notable regulars in his cast included Elaine Joyce and Gary Burghoff, who had previously portrayed Radar O'Reilly in the film version of M*A*S*H and was about to achieve his greatest fame in reprising that role for the television version of it.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E04 October 13th, 1970

The Hollywood Palace

Program genre

Variety show

External resources

The Hollywood Palace is an hour-long American television variety show that was broadcast weekly on ABC from January 4, 1964 to February 7, 1970. Originally titled The Saturday Night Hollywood Palace, it began as a mid-season replacement for The Jerry Lewis Show, another variety show, which had lasted only three months. It was staged in Hollywood at the former Hollywood Playhouse on Vine Street, which was renamed The Hollywood Palace during the show's duration and is today known as Avalon Hollywood.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S06-E15 January 18th, 1969

The Real McCoys

Program genre

Sitcom
Comedy

External resources

The Real McCoys is an American situation comedy co-produced by Danny Thomas's Marterto Productions in association with Walter Brennan and Irving Pincus's Westgate company.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E37 June 11th, 1959 Miss Muehlbach

Wagon Train

Program genre

Western

External resources

Wagon Train is an American Western series that ran on NBC 1957–62 and then on ABC 1962–65, although the network also aired daytime repeats, as Major Adams, Trailmaster and Trailmaster, from January 1963 to September 1965. The show debuted at #15 in the Nielsen ratings, rose to #2 in the next three seasons, and peaked at #1 in the 1961–62 television season. After moving to ABC in the autumn of 1962, the ratings began to decline, and Wagon Train did not again make the Top 20 listing.nThe series initially starred veteran movie supporting actor Ward Bond as the wagon master, later replaced upon his death by John McIntire, and Robert Horton as the scout, subsequently replaced by lookalike Robert Fuller a year after Horton had decided to leave the series.nThe series was inspired by the 1950 film Wagon Master directed by John Ford and starring Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr. and Ward Bond, and harkens back to the early widescreen wagon train epic The Big Trail starring John Wayne and featuring Bond in his first major screen appearance playing a supporting role.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S05-E17 January 24th, 1962 Martha Gresham

Awards won

2004 TV Land Favorite Fish Out of Water Award

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
The Beverly Hillbillies TV Sitcom
TV Land

Wikipedia

Check Irene Ryan on wikipedia.

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