Ruta Lee

Ruta Lee

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1936-05-30 (85 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada

29 Movies · 60 TV shows

Also Known As: Rita Kilmonis · Ruta Kilmonis · Ruta Mary Kilmonis

Biography

Ruta Lee (born Ruta Mary Kilmonis; May 30, 1935) is a Canadian-American actress and dancer of Lithuanian descent who appeared as one of the brides in the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She had roles in films including Billy Wilder's crime drama Witness for the Prosecution and Stanley Donen's musical comedy Funny Face and also is remembered for her guest appearance in a 1963 episode of Rod Serling's sci-fi series The Twilight Zone called "A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain".Lee guest-starred on many television series, and was also featured on a number of game shows, including Hollywood Squares, What's My Line?, Match Game and as Alex Trebek's co-host on High Rollers.

Personal Life

In 1976, Lee married Texas restaurant executive Webster B. "Webb" Lowe Jr. They divided their time between their homes in Hollywood, Palm Springs, Fort Worth and Mexico. Webb died July 1, 2020. They had no children. Lee describes her political views as "conservative" and she appeared at the 1972 Republican National Convention. On August 24, 2013, Lee was inducted into the National Lithuanian American Hall of Fame.In February 2019, Lee had her Lithuanian citizenship restored.

Early Life

Ruta Lee was born on May 30, 1935, in Montreal, Quebec, the only child of Lithuanian Roman Catholic immigrants. Her father was a tailor and her mother a homemaker.On March 1, 1948, her family moved to the United States and ended up settling in Los Angeles, where she graduated in 1954 from Hollywood High School and began studying acting and appearing in school plays. She attended both Los Angeles City College and the University of California at Los Angeles. She worked as a cashier, usherette, and candy girl at Grauman's Chinese Theater; but, when she was $40 short in her cash account at the end of her shift one night, she was fired. She is a naturalized United States citizen.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
Senior Moment

Senior Moment

6.4
2021
A retired NASA test pilot lost his license after drag racing his vintage car. He learns to navigate love and life again after being forced to take public transportation.

2010.

1 TV show
TV
La La Land

La La Land

2010
La La Land is an American television comedy series broadcast on Showtime in the United States, BBC Three in the United Kingdom, and SBS One in Australia. It features character comedian Marc Wootton pl...

2007.

2 Movies
A Christmas Too Many

A Christmas Too Many

2007
An old actress invites her family to Hollywood for the holidays.
Christmas at Cadillac Jack's

Christmas at Cadillac Jack's

2007
While stranded at a diner on Christmas Eve, Rose found redemption in protecting a young baby from an abusive father on her way to reconcile with the child she had to give up for adoption in her youth....

2006.

1 Movie
Christmas Do-Over

Christmas Do-Over

2006
A ne'er do well father and ex-husband who always raced his way through the holidays is forced to relive Christmas Day time and again until he gets it right in this family oriented fantasy comedy starr...

2004.

1 Movie
Quiet Kill

Quiet Kill

2004
An attractive married woman and a member of the 'Country Club Tennis Set' is being neglected by her doctor husband. Amy fell in love with Steve after meeting him. Amy tried to break up with Steve beca...

2002.

1 TV show
TV
Life with Bonnie

Life with Bonnie

2002
The host of the local morning talk show Morning Chicago juggles family commitment, career obligations, and her husband's work ethic.

1997.

1 Movie
Sobbin' Women: The Making of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'

Sobbin' Women: The Making of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'

1997
Interviews with people who were involved in the MGM classic musical 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' are included in this behind-the-scenes documentary. The actors and actresses who appeared in the f...

1996.

1 TV show
TV
E! True Hollywood Story

E! True Hollywood Story

1996
A documentary series on E! deals with famous Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows and also well-known public figures. salacious re-tellings of Hollywood secrets, show-biz scandals, celebrity murder...

1995.

1 Movie
Funny Bones

Funny Bones

1995
Tommy wants to be a comedian. After his Las Vegas debut is a failure, he returns to his hometown of Blackpool, where his father started and where he spent the summers of his childhood.

1993.

1 TV show
TV
Saved by the Bell: The New Class

Saved by the Bell: The New Class

1993
The Saturday morning line-up on NBC featured the Saved by the Bell series. There was a new group of students at a fictional high school in the fourth incarnation of the franchise. Mr. Belding was the ...

1990.

2 Movies
People Like Us

People Like Us

1990
When a wealthy scriptwriter's daughter is murdered, he feels let down by the courts, and so decides to use his powerful position to enable his own form of justice.
Rapunzel

Rapunzel

1990
A movie about a fairy tale.

1988.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Coming of Age

Coming of Age

1988
Coming of Age is a situation comedy that aired briefly on the CBS television network in the United States for three runs in 1988 and 1989. Coming of Age features Paul Dooley and Phyllis Newman as a c...
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School

Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School

6
1988
They are going to Miss Grimwood's finishing school after being hired as gym teachers. The school is for girls.

1987.

1 TV show
TV
Jake and the Fatman

Jake and the Fatman

1987
Jake and the Fatman is a television crime drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman" McCabe and Joe Penny as investigator Jake Styles. The series ran on CBS for five seasons from 1987...

1984.

1 TV show
TV
Charles in Charge

Charles in Charge

8
1984
Charles in Charge is an American sitcom series starring Scott Baio as Charles, a 19-year-old student at a fictional college who worked as a live-in babysitter in exchange for his room and board. Baio ...

1982.

1 TV show
TV
Hotel

Hotel

6.35
1982
Hotel aired on ABC from September 21, 1983 to May 5, 1988 in the time slot following Dynasty. The Gregory Hotel is in San Francisco. There is a hotel in the Nob Hill neighborhood. The personal and pro...

1981.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Simon & Simon

Simon & Simon

6
1981
The original run of Simon & Simon was from 1981 to 1989. Two brothers ran a private detective agency.
Elvis and the Beauty Queen

Elvis and the Beauty Queen

1981
In this made-for-TV true story, Don Johnson plays Elvis and Linda Thompson is his live-in girlfriend for the last four years of his life. When Thompson tried to keep Presley off drugs in the last year...

1980.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Flintstone Comedy Show

The Flintstone Comedy Show

1980
The revival of The Flintstones was broadcast on NBC from November 22, 1980 to September 11, 1982. The show contained six segments and was released outside of North America.
Lucy Moves to NBC

Lucy Moves to NBC

1980
After being contacted by the President of NBC, Lucy Ball agreed to go back to work as a producer. She starts working on a new series with the help of her production assistant.
The Ghosts of Buxley Hall

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall

1980
A military academy is being closed and ghosts and a cadet are trying to save it.

1977.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Rooster: Spurs of Death!

Rooster: Spurs of Death!

1977
There was a 70's drama about a cock fighter and his son.
TV
Three's Company

Three's Company

9
1977
Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977, to September 18, 1984, on ABC. It is based on the British sitcom, Man About the House. The story revolves around three single roo...
TV
CHiPs

CHiPs

1
1977
There are two Highway Patrol officers in Los Angeles. Jon Baker and Frank Poncherello are motorcycle officers who are always on the street to save lives.

1974.

1 Movie
Roll, Freddy, Roll!

Roll, Freddy, Roll!

1974
A man determined to impress his son--and show up his son's stepfather--decides to try to get into the Guinness Book of World Records by setting a record for staying the longest time on roller skates. ...

1972.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Me and the Chimp

Me and the Chimp

1972
Me and the Chimp was a sitcom that aired on CBS in 1972. The series was created by two people. Alan Rafkin was the producer of Miller. One of the worst shows in the history of American television is t...
Doomsday Machine

Doomsday Machine

5
1972
The Red Chinese built a "doomsday machine" that can destroy the surface of the Earth in a matter of days. Project Astra is a manned U.S. project. When the space mission to Venus is taken over by the m...

1971.

1 Movie
A Howling in the Woods

A Howling in the Woods

1971
A housewife on a vacation in the woods is disturbed by her husband constantly trying to get her to come home and a mysterious howling at night.

1969.

2 TV shows
TV
Love, American Style

Love, American Style

1969
An anthology comedy series featuring a line up of different celebrity guest stars appearing in anywhere from one, two, three, and four short stories or vignettes within an hour about versions of love ...
TV
Marcus Welby, M.D.

Marcus Welby, M.D.

4.8
1969
M.D. by Marcus Welby. It aired on ABC from September 23, 1969 to July 29, 1976. It was produced by David Victor and David J and starred Robert Young as a family doctor and James Brolin as a younger do...

1968.

1 TV show
TV
The Mod Squad

The Mod Squad

6
1968
The Mod Squad ran on ABC from September 24, 1968 to August 23, 1973. It had Michael Cole as Pete Cochren, Clarence Williams III as Linc Hayes, and Tige Andrews as Captain Adam Greer. The counter-cultu...

1967.

4 TV shows
TV
Mannix

Mannix

6.38
1967
Mannix ran on CBS from 1967 to 1975. The title character, Joe Mannix, is a private investigator. He is played by a man. Desilu Production's last series was Mannix.
TV
Ironside

Ironside

6
1967
Ironside ran on NBC from September 14, 1967 to January 16, 1975. Raymond Burr was a paraplegic Chief of Detectives on the show. Ironside. The character appeared in a TV movie. The show was originally ...
TV
Judd for the Defense

Judd for the Defense

1967
Judd for the Defense is an American legal drama originally broadcast on the ABC network on Friday nights from September 8, 1967 to September 19, 1969.
TV
The Guns of Will Sonnett

The Guns of Will Sonnett

1967
The Guns of Will Sonnett is a Western television series.

1965.

2 TV shows
TV
Hogan's Heroes

Hogan's Heroes

1965
Hogan's Heroes ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to July 4, 1971, on the CBS network. During World War II, the show was set in a German prisoner of war camp. Bob Crane played Colonel Rober...
TV
The Wild Wild West

The Wild Wild West

5.75
1965
The Wild Wild West is an American television series Developed at a time when the television western was losing ground to the spy genre, this show was conceived by its creator, Michael Garrison, as "J...

1964.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

1964
Gomer Pyle is from the U.S.M.C. It aired on CBS from September 25, 1964 to May 2, 1969 The finale of the fourth season of The Andy Griffith Show was aired on May 18, 1964 for the spinoff series. The s...
Bullet for a Badman

Bullet for a Badman

4
1964
Former Texas Rangers Sam Ward and Logan Keliher became enemies when Sam became a bank Robber.

1963.

2 Movies · 4 TV shows
TV
The Fugitive

The Fugitive

4.75
1963
The Fugitive was an American drama series that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1967. David Janssen plays Richard Kimble, a doctor who was wrongly convicted of his wife's murder and sentenced to death. Kimbl...
TV
Arrest and Trial

Arrest and Trial

1963
Arrest and Trial is a 90-minute American crime/legal drama series that ran during the 1963-1964 season on ABC, airing Sundays from 8:30-10 p.m. Eastern.
TV
Burke's Law

Burke's Law

6
1963
Burke's Law ran on ABC from 1963 to 1965, and was revived on CBS in the 1990s. Amos Burke, the millionaire captain of the Los Angeles police homicide division, was chauffeured around to solve crimes i...
TV
The Bill Dana Show

The Bill Dana Show

1963
The Bill Dana Show is a United States comedy series .The plot follows the daily lifestyle of Latin American, Jose Jimenez, as a bellhop in a New York hotel.
Hootenanny Hoot

Hootenanny Hoot

1963
Ted and A.G were married. She has allowed her career to take precedence over romance.
The Gun Hawk

The Gun Hawk

1963
Gunslinger Rory Calhoun dispenses his own brand of justice in this action-packed Western adventure costarring Rod Cameron and Ruta Lee. It's been three years since gunfighter Blaine Madden (Calhoun) v...

1962.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Sergeants 3

Sergeants 3

1962
Mike, Chip, and Larry are in love. S. The cavalry sergeants were in Indian Territory in 1870.
TV
The Virginian

The Virginian

1962
The Virginian is an American Western television series starring James Drury and Doug McClure, which aired on NBC from 1962 to 1971 for a total of 249 episodes. It was a spin-off from a 1958 summer ser...
TV
The Lucy Show

The Lucy Show

1962
The Lucy Show aired on CBS from 1962 to 1968. It was a follow-up to I Love Lucy. A significant change in cast and premise for the 1966–65 season separated the program into two distinct eras, except fo...

1961.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Operation Eichmann

Operation Eichmann

1961
Drama about the life Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer responsible for the deaths of countless Jewish people during World War II.

1960.

2 TV shows
TV
Outlaws

Outlaws

1960
Outlaws is an NBC Western television series, starring Barton MacLane as U.S. marshal Frank Caine, who operated in a lawless section of Oklahoma Territory about Stillwater. The program aired 50 one-hou...
TV
The Andy Griffith Show

The Andy Griffith Show

6
1960
The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom first televised on CBS between October 3, 1960 and April 1, 1968. Andy Griffith portrays the widowed sheriff of the fictional small community of Mayberry, ...

1959.

6 TV shows
TV
The Alaskans

The Alaskans

1959
The Alaskans is a 1959-1960 ABC/Warner Brothers western television series set in the late 1890s in the port of Skagway, Alaska. Roger Moore is Silky Harris and Jeff York is Reno McKee, a pair of explo...
TV
The Rebel

The Rebel

1959
The ABC network aired a 76-episode American western television series starring Nick Adams from 1959 to 1961. Outside of their game show ventures, The Rebel was one of the few Goodson-Todman production...
TV
Rawhide

Rawhide

4
1959
Rawhide is an American Western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood that aired for eight seasons on the CBS network on Friday nights, from January 9, 1959 to September 3, 1965, before movin...
TV
Johnny Staccato

Johnny Staccato

1959
There were 27 episodes of Johnny Staccato on NBC from September 10, 1959 to March 24, 1960.
TV
The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

5.6
1959
A series of unrelated stories can include drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, and/or horror.
TV
Hawaiian Eye

Hawaiian Eye

1959
Private Eyes Tom Lopaka and Tracy Steele are based out of Hawaiian Village Resort where they work both hotel security and are hired by others to look into various matters. Their right-hand man, who ru...

1958.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
77 Sunset Strip

77 Sunset Strip

1958
77 Sunset Strip is an hour-length American television private detective series created by Roy Huggins and starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roger Smith, and Edd Byrnes. The show was the subject of an ow...
TV
Peter Gunn

Peter Gunn

6
1958
There is a television series about a private eye.
TV
Man with a Camera

Man with a Camera

1958
Man with a Camera starred Charles Bronson. A former combat cameraman now works as a photographer in New York City, specializing in difficult and dangerous assignments where he can get the kind of pict...
Marjorie Morningstar

Marjorie Morningstar

1958
While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie, he is an ...

1957.

2 Movies · 6 TV shows
TV
M Squad

M Squad

1957
Lt. Frank Ballinger is a plain clothes cop. In America's Second City, Chicago, the squad's task is to root out organised crime and corruption.
TV
Maverick

Maverick

5.33
1957
The creator of the American Western television series "maverick" is Roy Huggins. From the first eight episodes of the first season, he was joined by Jack Kelly as his brother Bart, and from that point...
TV
The Walter Winchell File

The Walter Winchell File

1957
The Walter Winchell File is the title of a television crime drama series that initially aired from 1957 to 1958, dramatizing cases from the New York City Police Department that were covered in the New...
TV
Sugarfoot

Sugarfoot

1957
Sugarfoot was an American western television series that aired on ABC from 1957 to 1961. Will Hutchins plays an Easterner who comes to the Oklahoma Territory to become a lawyer. Jack Elam is a sidekic...
TV
Perry Mason

Perry Mason

4.33
1957
The most difficult cases in the aid of the innocent were handled by the master criminal defense attorney and his staff.
TV
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

Richard Diamond, Private Detective

1957
Richard Diamond, Private Detective was broadcast on radio from 1949 to 1953 and on television from 1957 to 1960.
Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

4.9
1957
When Leonard Vole was arrested for the murder of a middle-aged widow, Sir Wilfrid Robarts agreed to appear on his behalf. Sir Wilfrid is recovering from a near-fatal heart attack and is supposed to be...
Funny Face

Funny Face

6
1957
A shy book clerk is discovered by a fashion photographer and whisked off to Paris where she becomes a reluctant model.

1956.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater

1956
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre was an American Western anthology series which ran on CBS from 1956 to 1961.
Gaby

Gaby

1956
In World War II, a ballerina resorts to prostitution.

1955.

1 Movie · 5 TV shows
TV
Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

6
1955
Gunsmoke is a Western drama series created by Norman MacDonnell and John Meston. The settlement of the American West took place in Dodge City, Kansas. William Conrad is on radio and James Arness is on...
TV
Highway Patrol

Highway Patrol

1955
Highway Patrol was a fictional police action series that ran from 1955 to 1959 and was about the activities of the highway patrol and their leader, Dan Matthews. Although filmed in and around the Los ...
TV
The Millionaire

The Millionaire

1955
An anthology series that explored the ways sudden and unexpected wealth changed life for better or for worse. It told the stories of people who were given one million dollars from a benefactor who ins...
TV
Cheyenne

Cheyenne

1955
The series aired on ABC from 1955 to 1963. The first hour-long western and the first hour-long dramatic series of any kind, with continuing characters, to last more than one season is what the show wa...
TV
Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

4.75
1955
Alfred Hitchhiker hosted a television anthology series. There are dramas, thrillers, and mysteries in this series.
The Twinkle In God's Eye

The Twinkle In God's Eye

1955
A church is being built in the mining town of Lodestone. Western.

1954.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Lineup

The Lineup

1954
The Lineup is an American police drama which aired on CBS radio from 1950 to 1953 and on CBS television from 1954 to 1960. Syndicated reruns of the series were broadcast under the title San Francisco...
TV
December Bride

December Bride

1954
December Bride is an American sitcom that aired on the CBS television network from 1954 to 1959, adapted from the original CBS radio network series that aired from June 1952 through September 1953.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

4
1954
In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married as well.

1953.

1 TV show
TV
I Led Three Lives

I Led Three Lives

1953
Ziv Television Programs syndicated I Led Three Lives from October 1, 1953 to January 1, 1956. Richard Carlson is in the series. The radio drama I Was a Communist for the FBI was syndicated by Ziv from...

1952.

1 TV show
TV
Adventures of Superman

Adventures of Superman

1952
Superman has powers that are far beyond those of mortal men.

1951.

2 TV shows
TV
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars

1951
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars is an anthology series that was telecast from 1951 until 1959 on CBS. Offering both comedies and drama, the series was sponsored by the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company. The t...
TV
Dragnet

Dragnet

7
1951
Dragnet is a radio, television and motion picture series that depicts the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show is named after the police t...

1950.

1 TV show
TV
Lux Video Theatre

Lux Video Theatre

1950
From 1950 to 1959 there was an American anthology series called Lux Video Theatre. Both comedy and drama were presented in original teleplays.

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
The Cheney Vase

The Cheney Vase

When Endicott was fired from his job at the art museum, he came up with a plan to take advantage of a trusting invalid who he befriended at the museum.
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