Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan, a tall, masculine character actor who carved out a steady career in theatre and television playing a variety of authority figures, died Sept. 3, 2007, in Duarte, CA, after a long illness. He was 55. Due to his commanding bearing, strong nose and square jaw, Mr. Ryan was often cast as policemen, detectives and other men in positions of power. He was Secretary of Defense Hutchinson in NBC's "The West Wing," Sargeant Adams in "CSI," Lt. Lane in "NYPD Blue," Officer Mike Healey in "Oz" and Det. Nate Grossman in "Crime Story." He also played J. Walter Weatherman on "Arrested Development."

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  • Born: 1952
  • Death: Sep 3, 2007 in Duarte, CA