Irene Ryan Net Worth (2024): Height, Age At Death, Cause Of Death, Real Name, Bio

Alex | Last Updated On April 2nd, 2022

On October 17, 1902, Irene Ryan was born in El Paso, Texas. She was a well-known actress and comedian from America. Ryan got success in radio, film, television, and Broadway. She got the height of success as Daisy May “Granny” Moses in The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971).

Irene Ryan's Net Worth

As of 2024, Irene Ryan's net worth is estimated to be $1,000,000.

Net Worth$1,000,000
Given NameJessie Irene Noblitt
Famous NameIrene Ryan
Source(s) of FameActress, Comedian
Date of BirthOctober 17, 1902
Place of BirthEl Paso, Texas
Age At Death70
Date of DeathApril 26, 1973
Cause of DeathHeart Disease
RelationshipsDivorced, Tim Ryan, (1922 - 1942)Divorced, Harold E. Knox, (1946 - 1961)

Early Life

On October 17, 1902, Ryan was born in El Paso, Texas. She was born in the house of Catherine J and James Merritt Noblitt. Her father was from North Carolina and an army sergeant by profession. Her mother was from Ireland but later emigrated to Texas.

Career Highlights

Ryan’s career started at 11 when she sang “Pretty Baby” at the Valencia Theater in San Francisco and won $3.

At the age of 20, Irene married Tim Ryan, a well-known writer-comedian at that time. The couple performed in vaudeville, known as a “Dumb Dora” in a professional sense. The couple got popular as “Tim and Irene” by the audience.

Irene separated from Tim Ryan in 1942 and started working with Bob Hope on his radio program for two years. She did the role of Edgar Kennedy’s wife in two short films in 1943 by Bob Hope. She also performed in the music film O, My Darling Clementine.

Irene married Harold E. Knox and divorced in 1961. Now she was heartbroken; still, she managed to work. Ryan performed in motion pictures from 1940 to 1950. In January 1955, she did her first television sitcom on the CBS series The Danny Thomas Show. She did the role of Rusty Wallace in “The Romance of Silver Pines.”

Ryan performed the character of Daisy “Granny” Moses in The Beverly Hillbillies in 1962. The audience remembered the role and associated it with Irene for life long. In 1966, Irene Ryan did the role of Granny in the comedy “Don’t Worry, We’ll Think of a Title.”

In 1972, Ryan appeared as Berthe in the Pippin and sang “No Time at All.” In 1965, Ryan made a two-year contract to perform in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Irene Ryan was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1963 and for the role in 1964.

In 1973, Ryan was nominated for Tony Award by Broadway for Best Supporting role in Pippin.

Personal Life

Irene married Tim Ryan in 1922, at the age of 20. They had no children and separated in 1942. After that, in 1946, she married Harold E. Knox and divorced in 1961 for the same reason of no children.

Irene Ryan started scholarships for students who want to study and then want an acting career. The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship was awarded to amazing actors who participated in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Since 1972, the awarding of scholarships by Irene Ryan has been continued by the Irene Ryan Foundation 1972.


Irene Ryan smoked throughout her life; she stated in an interview, “I smoked like a chimney .”Due to her heavy smoking, her fellows were worried about her health. On March 10, 1973, Ryan had an apparent stroke while performing in Pippin. On her doctor’s orders, she went home to California and was hospitalized there. She was then diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.

Ryan died on April 26, 1973, at the age of 70. As mentioned before, the causes of death were heart disease. She is buried beside her sister named, Anna Thompson, at the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Santa Monica.

Social Media

As Irene died on April 26, 1973, there was no social media appearance of the actress. Yet she has a huge fan following due to her amazing acting skills.


On October 17, 1902, Irene Ryan was born in Texas, U.S. Ryan performed in several television series and films. She also worked as a comedian in many hit comic sitcoms. She died on April 26, 1973, in California, the U.S., Her Net worth for her death year was $1Million.

Irene Ryan has sometimes been associated with other Actors such as Aaron O’Connell, Ryo Yoshizawa, Reggie Hayes, Niurka Marcos, Gökhan Alkan, Carolina Main, Saki Akai, Dick York, and Ankush Arora.