Basil Ruysdael

Basil Ruysdael

Highest Rated: 100% Jubal (1956)

Lowest Rated: 54% Pinky (1949)

Birthday: Jul 24, 1888

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Of Russian descent, American actor Basil Ruysdael was a successful opera singer in the 'teens and twenties. Firmly based in New York, Ruysdael made his first screen appearance in the Marx Brothers Astoria-filmed The Cocoanuts (1929). His portrayal of Detective Hennessy in this film was ordinary enough, save for his hilarious vocal rendition of "Tale of a Shirt," an elaborate parody of "The Toreador Song" from Bizet's Carmen. Ruysdael remained in Manhattan for nearly two decades after Cocoanuts, working on the stage, in radio, and in the occasional film short. He moved to California in 1949, showing up in no fewer than six films during his first year in Hollywood. Active until his death in 1960, Ruysdael was invariably cast as orotund authority figures: military officers, judges, governors, college deans. During the early 1950s, Basil Ruysdael was the radio and TV spokesperson for Lucky Strike cigarettes, imparting in pear-shaped tones the vital message "L.S.M.F.T....Lucky Strikes Means Fine Tobacco."

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Story of Ruth Shammah 1960
91% The Horse Soldiers Boys School Commandant 1959
86% The Last Hurrah Bishop Gardner 1958
No Score Yet These Wilder Years Judge 1956
100% Jubal Shem Hoktor 1956
No Score Yet Pearl of the South Pacific Michael 1955
100% Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier Gen./Pres. Andrew Jackson 1955
76% Blackboard Jungle Prof. A.R. Kraal 1955
No Score Yet The Violent Men Tex Hinkleman 1955
No Score Yet Diane Chamberlain 1955
No Score Yet Prince Valiant Old Viking 1954
No Score Yet Boots Malone Actor 1952
83% Carrie Mr. Fitzgerald 1952
100% People Will Talk Dean Lyman Brockwell 1951
No Score Yet Half Angel Dr. Jackson 1951
No Score Yet My Forbidden Past Dean Cazzley 1951
No Score Yet The Scarf Cyrus Barrington 1951
No Score Yet Gambling House Judge Ravinek 1951
89% Broken Arrow Gen. Howard 1950
No Score Yet One Way Street Father Moreno 1950
No Score Yet High Lonesome Horse Davis 1950
54% Pinky Judge Walker 1949
No Score Yet The Doctor and the Girl Dr. Francis I. Garard 1949
No Score Yet Task Force Admiral 1949
No Score Yet Come to the Stable Bishop 1949
No Score Yet Colorado Territory Dave Rickard 1949
No Score Yet The File on Thelma Jordon Judge Hancock 1949
95% The Cocoanuts Hennessey 1929


No Score Yet Perry Mason
Henry W. Dameron 1959


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