Fran Ryan

Fran Ryan

  • Highest Rated: 92% Pale Rider (1985)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The $1,000,000 Duck (1971)
  • Birthday: Nov 29, 1916
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A familiar presence on the Chicago theatrical scene, American character actress Fran Ryan has kept busy in films since the late 1960s. Often cast as tight-lipped "battle-ax" types (albeit with the proverbial twinkle in the eye), Ryan was an invaluable presence in several Disney films. On TV, she has thrice found herself in the unenviable position of last-minute replacement: she took over the role of Doris Ziffel from Barbara Pepper during the 1969-70 season of Green Acres; as Miss Hannah, she succeeded Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) as proprietress of the Long Branch Saloon in the 1974-75 season of Gunsmoke; and on the Saturday-morning kiddie show Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (1974-77), she replaced the departing Mary Wickes as the series' requisite wisecracking housekeeper. Fran Ryan's other TV-series credits include The Doris Day Show (1968-69 season, as housekeeper Aggie Thompson), No Soap, Radio (1982, as hotelier Mrs. Belmont) and The Wizard (1987, as yet another housekeeper, this one named Tillie).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

69% Suture Mrs. Lucerne 1993
No Score Yet River of Rage: The Taking of Maggie Keene Hattie 1993
No Score Yet Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again Miss Grundy 1990
67% Chances Are Mavis Talmadge 1989
No Score Yet Out Cold Arlene 1989
No Score Yet Lucky Stiff Ma 1988
No Score Yet Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge Hannah 1987
No Score Yet Quiet Cool Ma 1986
No Score Yet Stewardess School Fainting Lady 1986
92% Pale Rider Ma Blankenship 1985
85% The Sure Thing Louise 1985
No Score Yet Rebel Love Granny Plug 1985
No Score Yet Eyes of Fire Sister 1983
No Score Yet Private School Miss Dutchbok 1983
No Score Yet Circle of Power Marie Davis 1983
No Score Yet Tough Enough Gert Long 1983
No Score Yet Savannah Smiles Farmer Wilma 1982
No Score Yet Johnny Belinda Actor 1982
No Score Yet Take This Job and Shove It Mrs. Hinkle 1981
86% Stripes Dowager 1981
No Score Yet The Adventures of Nellie Bly Mrs. Roman 1981
83% The Long Riders Mrs. Samuel 1980
75% Straight Time Cafe Owner 1978
64% Big Wednesday Lucy 1978
56% The Apple Dumpling Gang Mrs. Stockley 1975
No Score Yet How to Seduce a Woman Mrs. Toklas 1974
No Score Yet Pickup on 101 Actor 1972
No Score Yet Scandalous John Farm Woman 1971
0% The $1,000,000 Duck Mrs. Purdham 1971

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Commish
1991-1996
Doris
  • 1993
No Score Yet Baywatch
1989-2001
Tillie
  • 1991
57% Davis Rules
1991-1992
Miss Catworthy
  • 1991
No Score Yet Empty Nest
1988-1995
Mrs. Kramer
  • 1990
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
1989-1993
Dorothy
  • 1990
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Ethel Miss Crombie
  • 1990
  • 1987
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
Dorothy
  • 1989
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Rose
  • 1989
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
The Asp
  • 1988
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Lil
  • 1987
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
1981-1987
  • 1984
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Mother Superior
  • 1983
No Score Yet Taxi
1978-1983
Mrs. Weber
  • 1982
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
Ma Harper
  • 1981
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
Eula Mae Moonie Mrs. Bassett
  • 1981
  • 1979
  • 1975
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Belle Nurse Fager
  • 1980
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
Nancy
  • 1978
No Score Yet Barney Miller
1975-1982
Mrs. Hirsch
  • 1977
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
Nurse
  • 1977
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Mrs. Keller Hannah Miss Hannah
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1972
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Widow Lucas
  • 1972
No Score Yet Green Acres
1965-1971
Doris Minnie Doris Ziffel
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
1965-1970
Switchboard Operator
  • 1970
77% The Brady Bunch
1969-1974
Mrs. Hunsaker
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
1st Wife
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Miss Meek
  • 1968
93% Batman
1966-1968
Chairlady
  • 1966
No Score Yet Little Dracula
1999
Voice
No Score Yet The Dave Thomas Comedy Show
1990
Performer

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