Mitchell Ryan death: Here's where the cast of 'Lethal Weapon' is now
In what comes as upsetting news to fans of 'Lethal Weapon,' Mitchell Ryan, who played the villainous general Peter McAllister in the first chapter of the film franchise, is no more. 88 at the time of his death, Ryan passed away due to congestive heart failure on Friday, March 4.
Beginning his career with an uncredited appearance in 1958 in the Robert Mitchum starrer 'Thunder Road,' Ryan would go on to be a regular in 'Dark Shadows,' a cult TV soap opera, playing Burke Devlin from 1966-67. In a career that lasted over six decades, Ryan is known for appearing in films and TV shows such as 'Magnum Force,' 'Star Trek,' 'Santa Barbara,' 'Hot Shots! Part Deux,' 'Blue Sky,' 'Judge Dredd,' and 'Liar Liar.' Ryan has also been a part of Broadway productions 'Wait Until Dark,' 'Medea,' and 'The Price.'
Where's the rest of the cast of 'Lethal Weapon' now?
Fresh off the success of the 'Mad Max' trilogy, Gibson played the erratic sergeant Martin Riggs in 'Lethal Weapon.' The first person to be featured on People magazine as 'The Sexiest Man Alive,' his career has seen breathtaking highs and lows since his debut in 1977. Known for his skills as an actor and filmmaker, Gibson is equally famous for his controversial remarks and actions. However, he has rebuilt his career following a blacklisting that lasted for almost a decade and soon will be seen in an important role in a Mark Wahlberg starrer titled 'Stu'.
Playing Roger Murtaugh, a character with one of the most iconic catchphrases in the history of cinema, 'Lethal Weapon' was one of Glover's first major appearances, following roles in films such as 'Escape From Alcatraz,' 'Deadly Drifter,' 'Silverado,' and 'The Color Purple.' The 75-year-old has had a career that has covered television, video games, and theatre, and was last seen as Milo Walker in 'Jumanji: The Next Level.'
An eccentric artist with over 150 film appearances, Busey played Joshua, McAllister's right-hand man, in 'Lethal Weapon.' Busey has been nominated for multiple awards, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, for his performance as Buddy Holly in the 1978 film 'The Buddy Holly Story.' The 77-year-old was last seen as Millard Findlemeyer in 'Bunker of Blood: Chapter 8: Butcher's Bake Off: Hell's Kitchen' in 2019.
Darlene Wright, known professionally as Darlene Love, was already en route to becoming an accomplished singer when she was cast as Trish Murtaugh in 'Lethal Weapon.' Beginning her career as a backup singer, Love would go on to put out 5 solo albums, with the most recent one having released in 2015. Most of Love's film appearances are as Trish in the 'Lethal Weapon' franchise. She was last seen as Grace in the 2020 Kurt Rusell starrer 'The Christmas Chronicles 2.'
Rene Russo played Lorna Cole in the third and fourth chapters of the franchise. In fact, ‘Lethal Weapon 3’ was Russo’s second cop drama after the 1991 Michael Keaton starrer ‘A Good Cop.’ She would go on to star in films like ‘In the Line of Fire,’ ‘Outbreak,’ ‘Thor,’ ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ ‘Nightcrawler,’ and ‘Velvet Buzzsaw.’ Russo was last seen in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ in which she briefly reprised her role as Frigga.
The 1987 film spawned a franchise that includes 3 sequels, a TV series, and a video game. A fourth sequel with a working title called 'Lethal Finale' has been in the pipes for a while now, with Mel Gibson eyeing to direct and star in it. 'Lethal Finale' will be released exclusively on HBO Max.