Paul Ryan, Actor, Celebrity Interviewer and TV Host, Dies at 69

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His credits include 'Night Court,' 'Entertainment Tonight' and 'Legends From Here.'

Paul Ryan, an actor, producer and TV host, died Thursday of leukemia at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. He was 69.

Ryan, who served as a Hollywood correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, recently hosted the Here TV series Legends From Here, which featured interviews with Rock Hudson, Shelley Winters and Kylie Minogue, among others.

He also hosted a “Celebrity Master Class” series for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, interviewing the likes of Diahann Carroll, Burt Reynolds and George Hamilton, and had a business coaching and training people seeking to become actors and TV hosts.

Ryan’s work as an actor included small roles on such TV shows as Bewitched, Emergency!, Mission: Impossible, Night Court, Murder, She Wrote and Desperate Housewives and such films as Coma (1978) and The Promise (1979) and Star 80 (1983).

He produced A BraveHeart View for the Internet channel Conscious TV and wrote a book, The Art of Comedy: Getting Serious About Being Funny, published in 2007.

Survivors include his mother, Joyce. A memorial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in the Hollywood Hills.