Ralph Byrd

Ralph Byrd

Highest Rated: 100% Swing Time (1936)

Lowest Rated: 57% Jungle Book (1942)

Birthday: Apr 22, 1909

Birthplace: Not Available

Though he only vaguely resembled Chester Gould's jut-jawed comic strip detective Dick Tracy, Ralph Byrd played the character with such assurance and authority that it is well-nigh impossible to envision anyone else in the role. In films from 1936 after several years on stage, Byrd first appeared as Tracy in the 1937 Republic serial Dick Tracy, then reprised the role in the follow-up serials Dick Tracy Returns (1938) and Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939). When the film rights to the character shifted from Republic to RKO Radio in 1945, RKO attempted to create its own Tracy in the person of Morgan Conway. Fans protested, and Byrd was back in Tracy's fedora and trenchcoat in Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947) and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947). Ralph Byrd died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 43, shortly after filming 39 episodes of the Dick Tracy TV series.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Dick Tracy, Saga of a Crime Fighter Actor 1990
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy Official 1951
No Score Yet Close To My Heart Charlie 1951
No Score Yet Radar Secret Service Static 1950
No Score Yet Union Station Priest 1950
No Score Yet Jungle Goddess Bob Simpson 1948
No Score Yet Canon City Officer Gray 1948
No Score Yet The Argyle Secrets Lt. Samuel Sampson 1948
No Score Yet Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (Dick Tracy Meets Karloff)(Dick Tracy's Amazing Adventure) Dick Tracy 1947
No Score Yet Dick Tracy's Dilemma Dick Tracy 1947
No Score Yet Stallion Road Richmond Mallard 1947
No Score Yet Tampico Quartermaster 1944
No Score Yet Four Jills in a Jeep Sergeant 1944
No Score Yet Guadalcanal Diary Ned Rowman 1943
No Score Yet Margin for Error Pete 1943
No Score Yet They Came to Blow Up America Heinrich Burkhardt 1943
No Score Yet Time to Kill Louis Venter 1942
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point Maloney 1942
No Score Yet Moontide Rev. Price 1942
57% Jungle Book Durga 1942
No Score Yet Duke of the Navy Breezy Duke 1942
No Score Yet Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. Actor 1941
No Score Yet Desperate Cargo Tony 1941
No Score Yet Play Girl Doctor 1941
No Score Yet Life Begins for Andy Hardy Father Gallagher 1941
No Score Yet A Yank in the RAF Al Bennett 1941
No Score Yet Son of Monte Cristo Gluck 1941
No Score Yet The Penalty Brock 1941
No Score Yet Misbehaving Husbands Bob Grant 1940
91% The Mark of Zorro Student/Officer 1940
No Score Yet Drums of the Desert Paul Dumont 1940
No Score Yet The Captain is a Lady Randy 1940
No Score Yet The Howards of Virginia James Howard 1940
No Score Yet North West Mounted Police Constable Ackroyd 1940
No Score Yet Dick Tracy's G-Men Dick Tracy 1939
No Score Yet Born to Be Wild Steve Hackett 1938
No Score Yet Dick Tracy Returns Dick Tracy 1938
No Score Yet S.O.S. Coast Guard Terry Kent 1937
No Score Yet San Quentin Policeman on Phone 1937
No Score Yet Dick Tracy Dick Tracy 1937
No Score Yet Blake of Scotland Yard Dr. Jerry Sheehan 1937
No Score Yet The Firefly French Lieutenant 1937
No Score Yet The Trigger Trio Larry Smith (Tucson's brother) 1937
100% Swing Time Hotel Clerk 1936
No Score Yet Hell-Ship Morgan Dale 1936
No Score Yet Border Caballero Tex Weaver 1936


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