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For the British naval commander, see Alfred Ryder (Royal Navy officer).

Alfred Ryder (born Alfred Jacob Corn; January 5, 1916 – April 16, 1995) was an American film, radio and television actor, best known for appearing in over one hundred television shows, including the starring role as a British criminal who could not be killed in Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond episode "The Devil's Laughter'" (1959). He appeared in the first aired episode of Star Trek on September 8, 1966. In "The Man Trap" Ryder played Professor Robert Crater.

Ryder played the main alien leader (Nexus), in the 1967 classic TV series The Invaders.

He also appeared as the ghost of a World War I German U-boat captain in two episodes of the TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He also played a role in the episode "A Hand For Sonny Blue" from the 1977 series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale).[1] In films he is perhaps best remembered as the defense attorney who cross-examines John Wayne in True Grit (1969).[citation needed]

He began acting at the age of eight and went on to study with Robert Lewis and Lee Strasberg. He eventually became a life member of The Actors Studio.[2]

During the heyday of American network radio comedy, Ryder had two memorable regular roles, as Molly Goldberg's son Sammy in The Goldbergs; and, as Carl Neff in Easy Aces. During World War II he served in the United States Army Air Forces and appeared in the Air Forces' Broadway play and film Winged Victory. He appeared in the Anthony Mann directed film noir classic, T-Men (1947).[citation needed]


Born to Jewish parents, he was married to actress Kim Stanley from 1958 until 1964;[3] the couple had a child, Laurie Ryder. He was the brother of actress Olive Deering (1918–1986).



  1. ^ Classic Television Archive: Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977)
  2. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 279. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  3. ^ Krampner, Jon. Female Brando: The Legend of Kim Stanley, Back Stage Books, 2006, p. 230