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Fran Ryan (November 29, 1916 – January 15, 2000) was an American character actress featured in television and films. She was born in Los Angeles, California.

Fran Ryan began performing at the age of 6, at Oakland's Henry Duffy Theatre, in Northern California. She attended Stanford University for three years, and during World War II was a member of the USO entertaining troops. She performed comedy, singing and acting on stage in California and Chicago but was not to launch her television career for two decades. Her small screen debut came in an episode on Television's Batman, in 1966, followed by a bit part in Beverly Hillbillies. Ryan's best known television role was as Aggie Thompson in The Doris Day Show (in its first incarnation plotline theme), though the gig only lasted a few months. This role was cut short because she was offered the 'replacement' role on the hit series Green Acres as Doris Ziffel from 1969-1971. Fran was to replace Barbara Pepper, who by then was in poor health. Sadly, Miss Pepper died just five months later of heart ailments, on July 15, 1969.

Ryan also starred on the long running TV Western series Gunsmoke during its twentieth and final season as Miss Hannah (Cobb). In 1987, she reprised the role of Miss Hannah in the TV movie Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge.

Fran Ryan played the role of Sister Agatha in the soap opera General Hospital in (1979). She also did voices for cartoons such as Hong Kong Phooey, Mister T and Little Dracula. Fran starred on some TV shows for children like Sigmund and the Sea Monsters in 1975 as Gertrude Grouch, and in 1970s children's show The New Zoo Revue as Ms. Goodbody, the 1980s TV series No Soap, Radio as Mrs. Belmont, the short lived 1980s CBS TV series The Wizard as Tillie Russell from 1986-1987. Her last regular TV role was on The Dave Thomas Comedy Show.

She starred in many feature films, including Flush (1977), Big Wednesday (1978), Take This Job and Shove It (1981), Pale Rider (1985), Chances Are, and in her scene-stealing cameo in 1981's Stripes, as a tortured cab fare to Bill Murray as the cabbie, in the opening scenes of the comedy film.

Ryan made guest appearances on TV shows ranging from Batman, Adam-12, CHiPs, Quantum Leap, Night Court, Baywatch to The Commish.

Fran Ryan was often compared to actress Marjorie Main; they looked similar to one another. Ryan died on January 15, 2000, at age 83. She is buried in the family plots alongside her mother, at the Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, in Hayward, California.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Fran Ryan, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Fran Ryan (November 29, 1916 – January 15, 2000) was an American character actress featured in television and films. She was born in Los Angeles, California.

Fran Ryan began performing at the age of 6, at Oakland's Henry Duffy Theatre, in Northern California. She attended Stanford University for three years, and during World War II was a member of the USO entertaining troops. She performed comedy, singing and acting on stage in California and Chicago but was not to launch her television career for two decades. Her small screen debut came in an episode on Television's Batman, in 1966, followed by a bit part in Beverly Hillbillies. Ryan's best known television role was as Aggie Thompson in The Doris Day Show (in its first incarnation plotline theme), though the gig only lasted a few months. This role was cut short because she was offered the 'replacement' role on the hit series Green Acres as Doris Ziffel from 1969-1971. Fran was to replace Barbara Pepper, who by then was in poor health. Sadly, Miss Pepper died just five months later of heart ailments, on July 15, 1969.

Ryan also starred on the long running TV Western series Gunsmoke during its twentieth and final season as Miss Hannah (Cobb). In 1987, she reprised the role of Miss Hannah in the TV movie Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge.

Fran Ryan played the role of Sister Agatha in the soap opera General Hospital in (1979). She also did voices for cartoons such as Hong Kong Phooey, Mister T and Little Dracula. Fran starred on some TV shows for children like Sigmund and the Sea Monsters in 1975 as Gertrude Grouch, and in 1970s children's show The New Zoo Revue as Ms. Goodbody, the 1980s TV series No Soap, Radio as Mrs. Belmont, the short lived 1980s CBS TV series The Wizard as Tillie Russell from 1986-1987. Her last regular TV role was on The Dave Thomas Comedy Show.

She starred in many feature films, including Flush (1977), Big Wednesday (1978), Take This Job and Shove It (1981), Pale Rider (1985), Chances Are, and in her scene-stealing cameo in 1981's Stripes, as a tortured cab fare to Bill Murray as the cabbie, in the opening scenes of the comedy film.

Ryan made guest appearances on TV shows ranging from Batman, Adam-12, CHiPs, Quantum Leap, Night Court, Baywatch to The Commish.

Fran Ryan was often compared to actress Marjorie Main; they looked similar to one another. Ryan died on January 15, 2000, at age 83. She is buried in the family plots alongside her mother, at the Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, in Hayward, California.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Fran Ryan, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 75

Birthday 1916-11-29

Day of Death 2000-01-15

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1993 Suture as Mrs. Lucerne
1991 The Commish (2 episodes)
1991 Little Dracula (13 episodes)
1990 Tiny Toon Adventures (1 episode)
1990 The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (5 episodes)
1990 Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again as Miss Grundy
1990 The Bradys (1 episode)
1989 Nick Knight as Jeannie
1989 Baywatch (1 episode)
1989 Out Cold as Arlene
1988 Murphy Brown (1 episode)
1988 Lucky Stiff as Ma
1987 Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge as Hannah
1986 Quiet Cool as Ma
1986 The Wizard (19 episodes)
1986 Fuzzbucket as Mrs. Langendorf
1986 Matlock (1 episode)
1985 The Colbys (1 episode)
1985 Amazing Stories (1 episode)
1985 Pale Rider as Ma Blankenship
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)
1984 Highway to Heaven (2 episodes)
1984 Punky Brewster (1 episode)
1984 Brothers (1 episode)
1984 Night Court (1 episode)
1983 Eyes of Fire as Sister (Calvin's Wife)
1983 Manimal (1 episode)
1983 Mister T (30 episodes)
1983 Private School as Miss Dutchbok
1982 It Takes Two (1 episode)
1982 Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice as Beatrice's Mother
1982 Matt Houston (1 episode)
1982 No Soap, Radio (5 episodes)
1982 Savannah Smiles as Farmer Wilma
1981 Falcon Crest (1 episode)
1981 Father Murphy (1 episode)
1981 Americana as Colonel
1981 Foul Play (1 episode)
1981 Hill Street Blues (1 episode)
1981 Christmas Mountain as Flora
1980 When the Whistle Blows (1 episode)
1978 The Great Brain as Aunt Bertha
1978 Straight Time as Cafe Owner
1977 Deadly Game as Frieda Beezly
1977 Carter Country (1 episode)
1977 CHiPs (2 episodes)
1977 Panic in Echo Park
1977 Grizzly Adams (1 episode)
1976 The Quest (1 episode)
1976 Charlie's Angels (2 episodes)
1976 Good Heavens (1 episode)
1976 Laverne & Shirley (1 episode)
1976 How the West Was Won (1 episode)
1975 One Day at a Time (1 episode)
1975 Starsky & Hutch (3 episodes)
1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang as Mrs. Stockley
1975 Barney Miller (1 episode)
1974 Devlin (16 episodes)
1974 Hong Kong Phooey (24 episodes)
1973 Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (29 episodes) as Gertrude
1972 The Waltons (1 episode)
1972 The Rookies (1 episode)
1972 New Zoo Revue (67 episodes)
1971 The Million Dollar Duck as Mrs. Purdham (uncredited)
1970 Night Gallery (1 episode)
1970 McCloud (1 episode)
1969 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1 episode)
1969 The Brady Bunch (1 episode)
1969 The Bill Cosby Show (1 episode)
1968 The Doris Day Show (128 episodes)
1966 That Girl (1 episode)
1966 Batman (2 episodes)
1965 Green Acres (2 episodes)
1964 Daniel Boone (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (6 episodes)

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