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Lethal Weapon star Mitchell Ryan dies aged 88 UK News

Former Lethal Weapon actor Mitchell Ryan has died aged 88.

His stepdaughter, Denise Freed, told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor died at his Los Angeles home due to congestive heart failure.

Ryan was well known for his role in the first Lethal Weapon movie where he played a general villain.

He also played a ruthless businessman on the TV show Santa Barbara.

Ryan also had roles on the soap opera Dark Shadows and the ’90s sitcom Dharma & Greg.

His career spanned more than half a century, beginning with an uncredited role in Robert Mitchum’s 1958 film Thunder Road.

Ryan played Burke Devlin on the cult 1960s soap opera Dark Shadows for one series, but he was fired because of his alcoholism.

He admitted his alcohol problems in his 2021 autobiography Fall Of A Sparrow.

“I’m lucky to have 30 years of drunkenness, I’ve managed to live an enviable life as an actor,” he said.

“And I experienced a lot of real life while I was there.

“Sober for the next 30 years, I’m told I’ve come out of it a good and useful human being.”

He has also performed in theatre, notably on Broadway in Wait Until Dark, Medea and The Price.

Kathryn Leigh Scott, who appeared with him in Dark Shadows, wrote in a Facebook post: “He has been a great gift in my life. I cherish my warm memories of her beautiful soul. My heart is broken.”

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This notice was published: 2022-03-06 10:41:59

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