'West Wing's' Steve Ryan Dies at 55

Character actor Steve Ryan died Sept. 3 in Duarte, Calif., after a long illness. He was 55.

A veteran actor with more than 50 film and TV credits, Ryan was often cast as authority figures, including Secretary of Defense Miles Hutchinson in The West Wing, and police officers in shows such as CSI, NYPD Blue, Oz, and Crime Story. Other credits include recurring roles on Arrested Development, American Dreams, JAG, and New York Undercover.

His tough-guy image also served him well on Broadway, where he appeared as Lt. Brannigan in Jerry Zaks' 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls. His other Broadway credits included the original productions of On the Waterfront and I'm Not Rappaport, and the 1999 revival of The Iceman Cometh.

Off-Broadway, the Manhattan native appeared in Minor Demons, The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Delacorte, Israel Horowitz's Unexpected Tenderness, and Approximating Mother.

Ryan began his career at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, Hartford Stage, and the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters. A memorial will be held Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, Calif.

-- Lauren Horwitch

Additional information from Playbill.com.

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