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Irene Ryan

Before becoming known to millions as Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Irene Ryan was already an established vaudeville, radio and movie actress, though not as famous prior to her television stint. She accompanied Bob Hope on his famous military tours and she was known as "the gal who makes Bob Hope laugh." After being cast as Granny, she became famous overnight. When the Hillbillies ended, she co-starred in the Broadway musical 'Pippin' with Ben Vereen. Unfortunately, despite wonderful reviews from critics, Ryan took ill, was discovered to have an inoperable brain tumor and died soon after at the age of 70. Date of Birth 17 October 1902 , San Francisco, California Date of Death 26 April 1973 , Santa Monica, California  (stroke)

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Oct 17, 1902 In San Francisco, California.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Melody for Three 1941-06-19
Latest Project:
Movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2012-06-27
Known For
Poster of Petticoat Junction
Poster of Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven
Poster of Heading For Heaven
Poster of The Diary of a Chambermaid
Movie The Amazing Spider-Man Granny 2012-06-27
Series The Don Knotts Show Unknown 1970-09-15
Series The Dean Martin Show Unknown 1965-09-16
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Granny 1962-09-26
Series Mister Ed Unknown 1961-01-05
Movie Desire in the Dust Nora Finney 1960-10-10
Series My Three Sons Unknown 1960-09-29
Series Bringing Up Buddy Unknown 1960-10-10
Movie Spring Reunion Miss Stapleton 1957-03-01
Movie Rockabilly Baby Eunice Johnson 1957-10-30
Series The Real McCoys Unknown 1957-10-03
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Series The Whistler Unknown 1954-07-13
Movie Ricochet Romance Miss Clay 1954-11-01
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Bonzo Goes to College Nancy, the Maid 1952-09-01
Movie Blackbeard, the Pirate Alvina, a lady in waiting 1952-12-24
Movie Half Angel Nurse Kay 1951-05-05
Movie Meet Me After the Show Tillie 1951-08-15
Movie The Skipper Surprised His Wife Mrs. O'Rourke 1950-06-29
Movie Mighty Joe Young Southern Belle at the Bar 1949-07-27
Movie There's a Girl in My Heart Mrs. Mullin 1949-12-19
Movie Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven Opal Cheever 1948-07-16
Movie My Dear Secretary Mary 1948-11-05
Movie The Woman on the Beach Mrs. Mary Wernecke 1947-06-02
Movie Heading For Heaven Molly 1947-12-06
Movie The Diary of a Chambermaid Louise 1946-02-15
Movie Little Iodine Mrs. Tremble 1946-10-19
Movie That's the Spirit Bilson 1945-06-01
Movie That Night with You Prudence 1945-09-28
Movie The Beautiful Cheat Miss Beatrice Kent 1945-07-20
Movie Hot Rhythm Polly Kane (as Irene) 1944-04-22
Movie San Diego I Love You Sheila Jones 1944-09-29
Movie Hold Your Temper Edgar's Wife 1943-02-05
Movie Reveille with Beverly Elsie 1943-02-04
Movie Sarong Girl Irene Raynor 1943-06-11
Movie The Sultan's Daughter Irene 1943-12-16
Movie Melody Parade Gloria Brewster 1943-08-27
Movie O, My Darling Clementine Irene (Princess Sheba) 1943-12-31
Movie Melody for Three Mrs. Veronica Higby (uncredited) 1941-06-19