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Ben Ryan (I) (1892–1968)

Ben Ryan was a vaudeville performer, skit and song writer who first appeared on stage at the age of twelve. He toured for many years on the vaudeville circuit with blues singer Harriet Lee. Ryan is remembered as the composer of Jimmy Durante's trademark song "Inka Dinka Doo" and such hit songs as "Heart of My Heart", "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-P-P-I" and "... See full bio »


(age 76) in Leonia, New Jersey, USA

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Pleasantville Soundtrack
Donnie Brasco Soundtrack


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 2016 Mafia III (Video Game) (performer: "Dance of the Hours" - as Beethoven Ben) / (writer: "Dance of the Hours")
 2014 The Originals (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Every Mother's Son (2014) ... (music: "Plus je t'Embrasse" - uncredited)
 2012 What Are We Going to Do with You? (TV Movie) (music: "Plus je t'Embrasse")
 2002 The Sopranos (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Calling All Cars (2002) ... (writer: "Sentimental Feelings" - uncredited)
 2000 The Adventures of Felix (music: "Plus je t'Embrasse")
 1998 Pleasantville (writer: "The Gang That Sang Heart of My Heart")
 1997 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Vaudeville (1997) ... (lyrics: "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I" - uncredited)
 1997 Donnie Brasco (writer: " (The Gang That Sang) Heart of My Heart" (1926))
 1996 Never Too Late (writer: "The Gang That Sang Heart Of My Heart")
 1994 Greedy (writer: "Inka Dinka Doo")
 1993 Matin Bonheur (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Spécial Café (1993) ... (music: "Plus je t'Embrasse")
 1986 Cheers (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dark Imaginings (1986) ... (writer: "(The Gang That Sang) Heart Of My Heart" - uncredited)
 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Documentary) (lyrics: "Inka, Dinka Doo" (1934) - uncredited)
 1975 The Moving Picture Boys in the Great War (Documentary) (lyrics: "When I Send You a Picture of Berlin") / (music: "When I Send You a Picture of Berlin")
 1973 The Exorcist (writer: "Down on 33rd and 3rd" - uncredited)
 1968 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Just Move Your Lips, Sergeant (1968) ... (writer: "(The Gang That Sang) Heart Of My Heart" - uncredited)
 1966 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #3.33 (1966) ... (writer: "Inka-Dinka-Doo" - uncredited)
 1963 The Judy Garland Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1963) ... (writer: "Inka Dinka Do" - uncredited)
 1961 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Danny and Durante (1961) ... (music: "Inka Dinka Doo" - uncredited)
 1958-1961 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Bobby Lauher (1961) ... (writer: "Heart of My Heart" - uncredited)
- Ernie and the Top Twenty (1958) ... (writer: "Heart of My Heart" - uncredited)
 1959 Country Style, U.S.A. (TV Series short) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.5 (1959) ... (lyrics: "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I")
 1959 Bing Crosby and Dean Martin Present High Hopes (TV Special) (lyrics: "Inka Dinka Doo" - uncredited)
 1954 Your Hit Parade (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 27 February 1954 (1954) ... (writer: "Heart of My Heart")
 1949 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.11 (1949) ... (lyrics: "Inka Dinka Doo" - uncredited)
 1949 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.44 (1949) ... (lyrics: "Inka Dinka Doo" - uncredited)
 1944 Two Girls and a Sailor (lyrics: "Inka Dinka Doo" (1933) - uncredited)
 1942 Broadway (lyrics: "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I" - uncredited)
 1934 Million Dollar Ransom (lyrics: "Have a Good Time" - uncredited)
 1934 Underneath the Broadway Moon (Short) (lyrics: "Inka Dinka Doo" - uncredited)
 1934 Palooka (music: "Inka Dinka Doo" (1933) - uncredited)
 1933 Sailor's Luck (writer: "A Sailor's Luck")
 1932 Steady Company (writer: "There Must Be Somebody for Me")
 1930 Son of the Gods (lyrics: "Pretty Little You" (1929) - uncredited)
 1930 Good Old Schooldays (Short) (lyrics: "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I" - uncredited)
 1930 A Night in a Dormitory (Short) (writer: "Stay with It", "Dormitory Number" - uncredited)
 1929 Ruth Etting, the Sweetheart of Columbia Records, Glorifying the Popular Song (Short) (lyrics: "Pretty Little You" - uncredited)
 1928 Frances White (Short) (lyrics: "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I" - uncredited)
 1927/II The Four Aristocrats (Short) (writer: "(The Gang That Sang) Heart of My Heart" - uncredited)
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Show Show Music department (2 credits)

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Alternate Names:

Ryan and Lee | Benny Ryan

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