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Ryan’s Hope

1 9 7 5 – 1 9 8 9 (USA)
3,515 x 30 minute episodes

Ryan’s Hope was a daytime soap opera from ABC focusing on the Irish-American Ryan family who lived in Manhattan and ran a bar called Ryan’s Bar where most of the action of the series took place.

The show won 17 daytime Emmys and 11 Writers Guild awards.

After Maeve Ryan (Helen Gallagher) sang one last rendition of Danny Boy, the long-running soap faded to black on 13 January 1989 for the final time, leaving fans to wonder, who was Grace’s father?

Bernard Barrow, who played Johnny Ryan from 1975 to 1988, died of lung cancer in 1993. He was 65.


Jillian Coleridge Ryan 
Nancy Addison
Johnny Ryan
Bernard Barrow
Dr Patrick Ryan 

Malcolm Groome
Maeve Ryan 

Helen Gallagher
Dakota Smith Ryan 

Christopher Durham
Franklin Ryan 

Michael Hawkins
Dr Faith Coleridge 

Faith Catlin (1)
Catherine Hicks (2)
Karen Morris Gowdy (3)
Siobhan Ryan Novak 

Marg Helgenberger
Teddy Malcolm 

David Bailey
Angel Nieves 

Jose Aleman
Jack Fenelli 

Michael Levin
Ryan Fenelli Hyde 

Yasmin Bleeth
Leigh Kirkland
Felicity Lafortune
Mrs Williams 

Cynthia Belgrave
Ken Grahanti (Grantham) 

Corbin Bensen

Richard Briggs
Dr Bucky Carter 

Justin Deas
Martha McKee 

Tovah Feldshuh
Dr Seneca Beaulac 

John Gabriel
Sydney Price 

Robin Greer
Ramona Gonzalez 

Rosalinda Guerra
Dr Roger Coleridge 

Ron Hale
Delila Reid Ryan Coleridge

Ilene Kristen