Originally Published in Soap Opera Update
(November 1, 1994)
The Ryan Clan:
Kathleen - seldom seen, she was married with two children, Maura and Deidre.
Mary - a headstrong journalist and one of the first feminist soap characters. Her ideals caused her to clash with co-worker Jack Fenelli, a rough-around-the-edges reporter with whom she shared a love-hate relationship. Love eventually won out, however - Mary and Jack married and had a daughter, Ryan, before Mary's untimely death at the hands of the Mafia.
Patrick - a doctor at Riverside Hospital. Like his brother Frank, Pat was also in love with a Coleridge, Jillian's sister Faith. Later on, he too would fall victim to Delia's machinations and marry her, keeping him from the woman he truly loved.
Siobhan - the younger Ryan, she entered into a star-crossed romance with Joe Novak, a member of a notorious crime family. Their relationship became even more complicated when Siobhan decided to become a police officer.
Other major characters on the canvas included Dr. Roger Coleridge, Jillian and Faith's self-centered brother. Roger had an affair with Delia and became her third husband after she and Pat divorced. Dr. Seneca Beaulac kept Jillian occupied while Frank was married to Delia. And Delia's brother Bob, who was constantly coming to the rescue of his high-strung sister.
In later years, the focus of the show shifted to the younger Ryans: Johnno, now John, had a son of his own named Owney; Ryan grew up quickly and married Rick Hyde, a police officer; and Maura, who preferred to go by the name Katie, entered the picture.
Ryan's Hope left the air on January 13, 1989 with the marriage of Jack Fenelli and Leigh Kirkland, the return of Faith and daughter Grace, and a tearful rendition of "Danny Boy."
Current soap actors who appeared on Ryan's Hope:
More actors who have appeared on RH:
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