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Basil Ruysdael

Highest Rated:   100% The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Lowest Rated:   67% Pinky (1949)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Story of Ruth
  • Shammah
1960
100% The Horse Soldiers
  • Boys School Commandant
1959
89% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet Carrie
  • Mr. Fitzgerald
1952
No Score Yet 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
67% 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

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