Mitchell Ryan, the actor known for his role in the gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows” and his portrayal of a heroin-dealing retired general in the action movie “Lethal Weapon,” passed away on Friday at the age of 88. His death occurred at his home in Los Angeles, and the cause was heart failure, according to his longtime representative, Ro Diamond.
I had the privilege of representing Mr. Ryan for over 40 years, and it is with a heavy heart that I share this news. Mitchell Ryan was a talented and versatile actor who left a lasting impact on both the small and big screens. He brought depth and complexity to his characters, captivating audiences with his performances.
One of his notable roles was in the popular gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows,” where he showcased his acting prowess as Burke Devlin. The show, which aired in the late 1960s, became a cult classic and solidified Ryan’s presence in the television industry.
However, it was his portrayal of a heroin-dealing retired general in the action film “Lethal Weapon” that further showcased his range as an actor. The movie, released in 1987, starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover and became a huge success. Ryan’s performance as the villainous General McAllister added an extra layer of intensity to the film, making it a memorable part of the “Lethal Weapon” franchise.
Throughout his career, Mitchell Ryan took on various roles in both film and television, working alongside acclaimed actors and leaving a lasting impression on audiences. He had a knack for bringing authenticity and depth to his characters, making them relatable and memorable.
While it is a sad day for the entertainment industry to lose such a talented actor, Mitchell Ryan’s legacy will continue to live on through his body of work. He will be remembered for his contributions to the world of acting and the impact he made on those who had the pleasure of watching him perform.
Mitchell Ryan, known for his roles in “Dark Shadows” and “Lethal Weapon,” passed away at the age of 88 due to heart failure. His talent and versatility as an actor made him a beloved figure in the entertainment industry, and his performances will be remembered for years to come.