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Fran Ryan

Highest Rated:   93% Pale Rider (1985)
Lowest Rated:   17% The $1,000,000 Duck (1971)
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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
No Score Yet Fuzzbucket
  • Mrs. Langendorf
1986
93% 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
67% 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
20% Scandalous John
  • Farm Woman
1971
17% 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
1988-2019
  • The Asp
  • 1988
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
  • Lil
  • 1987
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
1981-1987
  • Actor
  • 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
  • 1976
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
  • 1969
  • 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
78% 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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