In the very first scene of the very first episode of the Netflix series Frontier, a beaten and bloodied British Redcoat is kneeling on the ground with his hands tied behind his back while Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-Cree outlaw, sharpens his knife. “Pl…plea…please, have mercy. Please,” the Redcoat begs, just before Declan Harp slits his throat. That gurgling ‘British Soldier No. 1’ is none other than Terry Ryan, who, in the almost 16 years since ending his pro hockey career as a first-round NHL flop has become a university graduate, best-selling author, actor, stuntman, stand-up comedian, ball hockey superstar, master storyteller and all-around bon vivant.
“Those three words got me into the acting union,” said Ryan, now 41. “Because once you speak on camera, you get in.”
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