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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Basil Ruysdael (July 24, 1888 - October 10, 1960) was an American film actor and opera singer. Description above from the Wikipedia article Basil Ruysdael, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia. He started his career as a baritone singer for the Metropolitan Opera Company in the early 1900's and appeared on the New York stage in 1918. Moving to California in 1923, he was a voice teacher for many actors. Encouraged to try acting himself, he made his big screen debut in "Cocoanuts" (1929). For the next 30 years he was a frequent character performer in films to include "Come to the Stable" (1949), "Broken Arrow" (1950), "People Will Talk" (1951), "The Last Hurrah" (1958) and "The Horse Soldiers" (1960). He also did voice over in "101 Dalmatians" (1961) and appeared on the TV shows "Perry Mason", "Official Detective", "Father knows Best" and "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. He at the age of 72 of complications following surgery.
July 24, 1888, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
October 10, 1960
1929 The CocoanutsDetective Hennessy 1949 Colorado TerritoryDave Rickard ('The Old Man') 1949 PinkyJudge Walker 1950 Broken ArrowGeneral Oliver 1950 The File on Thelma JordonJudge Jonathan David Hancock 1950 One Way StreetFather Moreno 1951 People Will TalkDean Lyman Brockwell 1951 The ScarfCyrus Barrington 1952 CarrieMr. Fitzgerald 1955 Davy Crockett, King of the Wild FrontierGen. / President Andrew Jackson 1955 Blackboard JungleProf. A.R. Kraal 1955 The Violent MenTex Hinkleman 1956 JubalShem Hoktor 1958 The Last HurrahBishop Gardner 1959 The Horse SoldiersThe Reverend (Jefferson Military Academy)Limited to the 15 most popular items