Ryan Davies

Ryan Davies Brief Biography

Ryan Davies (22 January 1937 "? 22 April 1977) was a versatile popular Welsh entertainer of the 1960s and 1970s. He was born in the Carmarthenshire village of Glanamman in the Black Mountain, Wales, and was educated in Bangor and at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His first professional appearance was in the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1966. He made his name on Welsh language television shows such as the sitcom Fo a Fe and Ryan a Ronnie, in which he appeared with Ronnie Williams. Davies had a simultaneous solo career as a singer, pianist and songwriter. His best-known compositions are: "Ceiliog y Gwynt", "Nadolig Pwy a Wyr" and "Blodwen a Mary". His album, Ryan at the Rank, is now regarded as a classic. Davies starred as "2nd Voice" in the 1972 film Under Milk Wood with Richard Burton.

Ryan married his childhood sweetheart Irene, and they had two children, Bethan Davies and Arwyn Davies; Arwyn has been an actor in the Welsh television serial Pobol Y Cwm since 1993. There were 4 grandchildren: 3 grandsons called William, Twm and James, and a granddaughter named Rebeca, all born after Ryan's death.

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