Mitchell Ryan was an American film, television, and stage actor, who in his six decades of television is known for playing Burke Devlin in the 1960s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows.

He was said to have a co-starring role as Thomas Gibson’s father Edward Montgomery on Dharma & Greg.

Born on January 11, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the United States of America and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mitchell’s father was said to have been a salesman and his mother was a writer. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War after which he went to the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, where he made his acting debut in Thunder Road.

Ryan married Lynda Morse in 1972. They later divorced. The couple had one child. He later got married again to Barbara Albertine, after 11 years of being together, in 1998. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Mitchell Ryan Cause of Death

Mitchell is said to have died of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles, on March 4, 2022, at the age of 88.


  • 1958 Thunder Road as Jed Moultrie (uncredited)
  • 1966-1967 Dark Shadows (TV Series) as Burke Devlin
  • 1970 Monte Walsh as “Shorty” Austin
  • 1971 My Old Man’s Place as Sergeant Martin Flood
  • 1971 The Hunting Party as “Doc” Harrison
  • 1971 Chandler as Chuck Kincaid
  • 1972 The Honkers as Lowell
  • 1972 A Reflection of Fear as Inspector McKenna
  • 1973 High Plains Drifter as Dave Drake
  • 1973 The Friends of Eddie Coyle as Waters
  • 1973 Electra Glide in Blue as Detective Harvey Poole
  • 1973 Magnum Force as Officer Charlie McCoy
  • 1976 Midway as Rear Admiral Aubrey W. Fitch (uncredited)
  • 1976 Two-Minute Warning as The Priest
  • 1981 Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story as Hugh Hefner
  • 1985 North and South (TV miniseries) as Tillet Main
  • 1986 Penalty Phase as Judge Donald Faulkner
  • 1987 Lethal Weapon as General Peter McCallister
  • 1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation The Icarus Factor as Kyle Riker, father of Commander Will Riker
  • 1989 Winter People as Drury Campbell
  • 1989 Santa Barbara as Anthony Tonnell
  • 1990 L.A. Law (S5:E5 – Smoke Gets In Your Thighs) as Duncan Young
  • 1991 The Golden Girls (S6:E13 – The Bloom Is Off the Rose) as Rex
  • 1991 In a Child’s Name as Peter Chappell
  • 1992 Aces: Iron Eagle III as General Simms
  • 1993 The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them as Kenneth Davenport
  • 1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux as Gray Edwards
  • 1994 Blue Sky as Ray Stevens
  • 1994 Speechless as Lloyd Wannamaker
  • 1995 Judge Dredd as Vartis Hammond
  • 1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers as Dr. Terrence Wynn
  • 1996 Ed as Abe Woods
  • 1997 The Devil’s Own as Chief Jim Kelly
  • 1997 Liar Liar as Mr. Allan
  • 1997 Grosse Pointe Blank as Mr. Bart Newberry
  • 1999 Making Contact as Hunter
  • 2005 Love for Rent as Doctor (uncredited)
  • 2009 Stakeout as Man In Car (TV Short)
  • 2021 Smartphone Theatre as Harry (TV Series) 1 episode
  • TBA Valley of Shadows as Kenton MacBride (pre-production)



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