Roz Ryan Biography (1951-)

Original name, Rosalyn Bowen; born July 7, 1951, in Detroit, MI; daughter ofThomas and Gertrude Bowen (employees of the Board of Education); married anddivorced twice; children: Dante Reid. Addresses: Agent: Gerry Koch, The Gage Group, 14724 Ventura Blvd., Suite 505, Los Angeles, CA 91403; (commercials) Leanna Levy, Cassell-Levy, Inc., 843 North Sycamore Ave., Los Angeles,CA 90038.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, voice performer
Birth Details
July 7, 1951
Detroit, Michigan, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Ain't Misbehavin' (musical), Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1981, then Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1981-82
  • Edna Burke and Effie Melody White in the musical Dreamgirls (musical), Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1984-85
  • Party guest, Cole Porter Requests the Pleasure (musical), CoconutGrove Playhouse, Miami, FL, c. 1986
  • Lady from the road, Blues in the Night (musical), Coconut Grove Playhouse, c. 1992
  • Gospel singer, landlady and woman knitting, Violet (musical), Playwrights Horizons, Anne G. Wilder Theatre, New York City, 1997
  • Louise, Seven Guitars, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia,PA, 1997, also produced at the Coconut Grove Playhouse
  • Ghost of Christmas present, A Christmas Carol (musical; also knownas A Christmas Carol--The Musical), Theatre at Madison Square Garden,New York City, 1998
  • Quilly, The Old Settler, The Old Globe, San Diego, CA, 1998
  • Bertha Williams, One Mo' Time (musical), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 2001, then Longacre Theatre, New York City, 2002
  • Matron Mama Morton, Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville (musical), Shubert Theatre, New York City, 2002-2003, then Ambassador Theatre, New York City,2003, 2004
  • Violet (concert), Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 2003
  • The Barry Z Live Variety Show, Gramercy Theatre, New York City, 2004
  • So in Love: A Night of Romance at the Rainbow Room (benefit), Rainbow Room, New York City, 2006
  • Mabel, The Pajama Game (musical), Roundabout Theatre Company, American Airlines Theatre, New York City, 2006-
  • Appeared as Miss Hannigan in the musical Annie. Affiliated with the Carolina Arts Festival.
  • Major Tours
  • Matron Mama Morton, Chicago (musical), U.S. cities, beginning 2003, and in Portugal
  • Toured as Miss Hannigan in the musical Annie, U.S. cities; appeared in Ain't Misbehavin' (musical), Israeli and European cities; as thelady from the road, Blues in the Night (musical), Japanese cities; asEffie and Nell, Broadway Tonight, South American and Dutch cities; andas Bloody Mary, South Pacific (musical), international cities.
  • Stage Work
  • Worked with development workshops for musicals.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Sister Amelia Herebrink, Amen, NBC, 1986-91
  • Mrs. Dixon, The Good News (also known as Good News), UPN, 1997-98
  • Voice of the president, a recurring role, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (animated; also known as Disney/Pixar's "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command"), UPN and syndicated, 2000
  • Chickie, Danny (also known as American Wreck and Community Center), CBS, 2001
  • Flo Anderson, All about the Andersons, The WB, 2003-2004
  • Narrator, A2Z, VH1, beginning c. 2004
  • Specials
  • Judge, The 1988 Miss Teen USA Pageant, CBS, 1988
  • 1990 King Orange Jamboree Parade, NBC, 1990
  • The Sixth Annual Sears Soul Train Christmas Special, UPN, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Panelist, The New Hollywood Squares, syndicated, 1989
  • Loretta Eakins, "Rehearsal of Fortune," Sparks (also known as Sparks, Sparks, Sparks), UPN, 1997
  • Merle, "The Truth about Lies," The Journey of Allen Strange, Nickelodeon, 1998
  • Voice of Thalia, "Hercules and the Muse of Dance," Hercules (animated; also known as Disney's "Hercules"), ABC and syndicated, 1998
  • Voice of park ranger, "Monkey Fist Strikes," Kim Possible (animated; also known as Disney's "Kim Possible"), The Disney Channel, 2002
  • Voice of Wade's mother, "Crush," Kim Possible (animated; also known as Disney's "Kim Possible"), The Disney Channel, 2002
  • Josephine Baylor, "The Big Practice What You Preach Episode," Half & Half, UPN, 2004
  • Voice of Wade's mother, "Mother's Day," Kim Possible (animated; also known as Disney's "Kim Possible"), The Disney Channel, 2004
  • Loretta McKee, "Unknown Soldier," JAG, CBS, 2005
  • Mae, "Debates and Dead People," Barbershop, Showtime, 2005
  • Mae, "Family Bussiness," Barbershop, Showtime, 2005
  • Mae, "Madonna Is a Ho," Barbershop, Showtime, 2005
  • Herself, Bid Whist Party Throwdown, TV One, 2005
  • Herself, "Sherman Hemsley," Living in TV Land, TV Land, 2006
  • Appeared as a guest in The Tonight Show, NBC.
  • Pilots
  • Sister Amelia Herebrink, Amen, NBC, 1986
  • Mrs. Dixon, The Good News (also known as Good News), UPN, 1997
  • Chickie, Danny (also known as American Wreck and Community Center), CBS, 2001
  • Flo Anderson, All about the Andersons, The WB, 2003
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Song performer, including performer of title theme, Hercules (animated; also known as Disney's "Hercules"), ABC and syndicated, 1998-99
  • Film Appearances
  • Voice of Thalia, Hercules (animated), Buena Vista, 1997
  • Nurse, Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God ... Be Back by Five, 1998, Phaedra Cinema, 2000
  • Voice of Thalia, Hercules: Zero to Hero (animated), Walt Disney Pictures, 1999
  • Nikita's Blues (short film), 1999
  • Mildred Williams, Nikita Blues, York Entertainment, 2001
  • Voice of Wade's mother, Kim Possible: The Secret Files (animated),Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2003
  • Some sources cite appearances in The Cotton Club, Orion, 1984; andDark Indigo.
  • Film Work
  • Coproducer, Nikita Blues, York Entertainment, 2001
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums; with Others
  • (With the group El Riot) "Do It Right," Searching for Soul, Ubiquity Records, c. 2005
  • Video Games
  • Voice of Thalia, Hercules, 1997
  • WRITINGS
  • Albums
  • with Others
  • (With the group El Riot) "Do It Right," Searching for Soul, Ubiquity Records, c. 2005

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Electronic
    • Black Pages Today, http://blackpagestoday.com, January 26, 2006
    • BroadwayStars, http://www.broadwaystars.com, May 28, 2004
    • RozRyan.com, http://www.rozryan.com, January 18, 2006

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