January 23, 1923
|Died||March 29, 1997 (aged 74)|
|Other names||Ed Ryker, Eddie Reider, Edward Reider, Edward Ryder|
Eddie Ryder (January 23, 1923 - March 29, 1997) was an American television and film actor, as well as a writer and television director. Ryder was born in New York City and died in El Paso, Texas.
He was a veteran of 92 movies and television programs. His television career began at age 29 playing a high school boy on the December 26, 1953 Adventures of Superman episode titled My Friend Superman with George Reeves, Jack Larson, and Noel Neill. Ryder preceded this with playing Ronald on the January 31, 1953 Space Patrol episode Runaway Planetoid.
Ryder would go on in the 1950s to appear in several TV series, many as an uncredited actor, and top films.
The 1960s brought several credited appearances in major TV and film.
- Television: Four episodes in 1964 of Death Valley Days, as Mason on Combat! (episode: The Glory Among Men) (1964), The Andy Griffith Show (1964), Bewitched (1965), as Dr. Simon Agurski on Dr. Kildare (1961, 1965),The Munsters (1965), The Twilight Zone (episode "Mr. Dingle, the Strong"), and The Dick Van Dyke Show (1965). He also played Winston "Bones" Snodgrass in Our Miss Brooks.
- Film: His film career during this time yielded a secondary role in the film Son of Flubber (1963) with Fred MacMurray. In 1963, the massive $9 million, 12 star-studded production, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World which starred Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, and Milton Berle among others gave Ryder the role of air traffic control staffer. The Oscar (1966) nominated for two Academy Awards and starring notables Milton Berle, Elke Sommer, Joseph Cotten, Tony Bennett, and Walter Brennan. Ryder won the role of Sgt. Gilroy in Not with My Wife, You Don't! (1967) starring Tony Curtis and played a minor role in The Big Mouth (1967) starring Jerry Lewis.
- Directing: In 1969, Ryder directed the Get Smart episode "Greer Window".
For Ryder, the 1970s kept him in television as a secondary actor and mostly making single appearances.
During the 1980s, Ryder appeared in 3 television series and 1 film: The Dukes of Hazzard, Hill Street Blues, and General Hospital. In 1986, Ryder appeared in the comedy A Masterpiece of Murder with Bob Hope and Don Ameche.