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John P. Ryan


Miami Vice Character
July 30, 1936, New York City, New York
March 20, 2007, Los Angeles, California (age 70, stroke)

John P. Ryan (July 30, 1936 - March 20, 2007) was an American character actor, usually cast in dark, brooding roles. He appeared as prisoner turned author Jake Manning in the episode "The Cell Within" of the series Miami Vice.


Ryan began his career in the movies, starting in the 1967 movie The Tiger Makes Out, other movie appearances include Five Easy Pieces (with Karen Black), Shamus (with Joe Santos, Beeson Carroll, Kevin Conway, and John Glover), It's Alive and its' sequel It Lives Again, Futureworld, Breathless (with Miguel Piñero, Henry G. Sanders, and James Hong), The Cotton Club (with Julian Beck, James Remar, Lonette McKee, and Laurence Fishburne), The Right Stuff (with Veronica Cartwright), Fatal Beauty (with Ruben Blades and Brad Dourif), Eternity (with Frankie Valli), Class of 1999 (with Pam Grier), Hoffa (with Paul Guilfoyle and Kevin Anderson), and his final movie appearance, in 1996's Bound.

His TV career began in the 1968 TV movie A Hatful of Rain (with Jack Kehoe), his other TV appearances include The F.B.I., Kojak, Police Woman, Matt Helm, The Rockford Files (with Joe Santos), Starsky and Hutch (with Paul Michael Glaser, David Soul, and Antonio Fargas), Simon and Simon, Cagney and Lacey, and his final TV appearance, in an episode of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr..


Ryan died of a stroke on March 20, 2007, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 70.