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Alfred Ryder

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Occupation  Actor
Name  Alfred Ryder
Children  Laurie Ryder
Years active  1944–1980
Role  Film actor
Siblings  Olive Deering
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Full Name  Alfred Jacob Corn
Born  January 5, 1916 (1916-01-05) New York City, New York, U.S.
Died  April 16, 1995, Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Spouse  Kim Stanley (m. 1958–1964)
Movies  T‑Men, True Grit, Invitation to a Gunfighter, Escape to Witch Mountain, The Stone Killer
Similar People  Marguerite Roberts, Olive Deering, Kim Stanley, Curt Conway, Anthony Mann

Alfred Ryder

Alfred Ryder (born Alfred Jacob Corn; January 5, 1916 – April 16, 1995) was an American film, radio and television actor, best-known for appearing in over one hundred television shows, including the starring role as a British criminal who could not be killed in Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond episode "The Devil's Laughter'" (1959). He appeared in the first aired episode of Star Trek on September 8, 1966. In "The Man Trap" Ryder played Professor Robert Crater.


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Ryder appeared as one of the alien leaders in the TV series The Invaders, as well as the ghost of a World War I German U-boat captain in two episodes of the TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He also played a role in the episode "A Hand For Sonny Blue" from the 1977 series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale). In films he is perhaps best remembered as the defense attorney who cross-examines John Wayne in True Grit (1969).

He began acting at the age of eight and went on to study with Robert Lewis and Lee Strasberg. He eventually became a life member of The Actors Studio.

During the heyday of American network radio comedy, Ryder had two memorable regular roles, as Molly Goldberg's son Sammy in The Goldbergs; and, as Carl Neff in Easy Aces. During World War II he served in the United States Army Air Forces and appeared in the Air Forces' Broadway play and film Winged Victory. He appeared in the Anthony Mann directed film noir classic, T-Men (1947).


Born to Jewish parents, he was married to actress Kim Stanley from 1958 until 1964; the couple had a child, Laurie Ryder. He was the brother of actress Olive Deering (1918–1986).


  • 1961 Bus Stop episode "I Kiss Your Shadow" as Doug
  • 1967 The Rat Patrol episode "The Darkest Raid" as Col. Rudolf Gerschon
  • 1966 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode "The Phantom Strikes" as U-Boat Captain Gerhardt Krueger
  • 1966 Star Trek episode "The Man Trap" Prof. Crater
  • 1964 Combat! episode "The Hunter" Capt. Heismann
  • References

    Alfred Ryder Wikipedia