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Ronald B. Colby

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Ronald B. Colby
Ronald Colby on set of 2501 Documentary.jpg File:Ronald Colby on set of 2501 Documentary.jpg
Ron Colby 2003 on set of 2501 in Oaxaca, Mexico
BornRonald Blakeslee Colby
(1934-06-30) June 30, 1934 (age 86)
New York City, NY
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Writer, Producer, Director
📆 Years active  1965-present
👩 Spouse(s)Patricia Lee (m. 1963 div. 1982), Patricia Van Ryker (m. 1988 decd. 2015)
👶 Children2

Ronald Colby, born Ronald Blakeslee Colby on June 30, 1934, is an American filmmaker,[1] screenwriter, and author.

Early and personal life[edit]

Ronald Colby was born in Manhattan, New York to John Colby and Millicent Blakeslee. Both of Colby's parents were Vaudeville dancers. John also known as Jack Colby toured the country on the B.F. Keith Circuit, played the Palace in New York City and performed in W. C. Fields Ballyhoo on Broadway.[2] Colby joined the Air Force after finishing High school. He has two sons Trevor and Dylan Colby from his first marriage to Patricia Lee. Colby is recently widowed from his second wife production designer, film producer Patricia Van Ryker.[3][4] Ronald Colby earned a Bachelor's degree in theater from Hofstra University and a Master's Degree in theater from New York University

Career and Documentaries[edit]

Early in Colby's career, Francis Ford Coppola recruited him into his company American Zoetrope[5][6] as production executive and producer. The films included, You're a Big Boy Now , Finian's Rainbow, THX-1138, The Rain People, The Godfather Part II, Hammett, the documentary on the making of Coppola, One from the Heart and The Outsiders.

Colby's extensive film credits also include John Hughes films, Some Kind of Wonderful and She's Having A Baby, Exorcist, Harvest of Fire and Esmeralda Santiago acclaimed memoir, Almost A Woman,[7] which won Peabody and Imagen Awards for best feature.[8]

Over the past decade Colby has directed a series of documentaries[9] including Pirate for the Sea, the film biography of Captain Paul Watson, a controversial ocean environmental activist. Pirate for the Sea[10] had its Premiere to great acclaim at The Telluride Film Festival.[11] Since then, it has won many "Best Documentary" awards[12] and ran on United Nations Conference on Climate Change. His third documentary the informative and whimsical, Scotland's Caddies,[13] is quickly becoming a favorite with both golfers and golf "watchers" alike. In 2018 Colby completed ByUs a powerful full-length documentary co-directed and produced with his late wife Patricia Van Ryker which explores the importance of small businesses to the American economy.[14] ByUs won best film for Economic Development Documentary[15] at the Bohemian Festival CG.


In 2018 Colby released his first novel "Night Driver" which was published by Rare Bird Books.[16]


  1. Caranicas, Peter (2013-08-26). "L.A. TV, Film Production Exodus Affects Bizzers: Producer Ronald Colby". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  2. "Ballyhoo of 1930 Original Broadway Cast - 1930 Broadway". www.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  3. "Patricia Van Ryker". Daily Record. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  4. "Patricia van Ryker". Television Academy. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  5. "A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope -". guidedoc.tv. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  6. A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope (2004), retrieved 2019-02-08
  7. Dawkins, Walter (2002-07-29). "Almost a Woman". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  8. "ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection: Almost A Woman". Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  9. admin (2015-09-03). "Thurs Sept 17th Downtown Independant [sic] LADADSpace Fundraiser". ladadspace.org. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  10. Pirate for the sea de Ron Colby - (2008) - Film - Documentaire (in français), retrieved 2019-02-08
  11. "Sea Shepherd UK - Pirate for the Sea – A Hit at the Telluride Film Festival". www.seashepherd.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  12. "BIFF - Awards for 2009". biff1.com. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  13. "Acclaimed Film Scotland's Caddies Discounted for Golf Tour Operators, Membership Groups & More". IAGTO. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  14. ""By Us" at Port Townsend Film Festival details struggles of local small businesses | Peninsula Daily News". Peninsula Daily News. 2016-09-26. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  15. "Press Room Article". Bohemian Film Festival. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  16. Books, Rare Bird. "Night Driver". Rare Bird Books. Retrieved 2018-11-09.

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