Alice Drummond

Alice Drummond

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1928-05-21 · Deathday: 2016-11-30 (88 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA

45 Movies · 13 TV shows

Biography

Alice Elizabeth Drummond (née Ruyter, May 21, 1928 – November 30, 2016) was an American actress. A veteran Off-Broadway performer, in 1970, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Mrs. Lee in The Chinese by Murray Schisgal. Despite her extensive acting career, she is most well known as Alice, the librarian, in the opening scenes in the 1984 horror-comedy Ghostbusters.

Personal Life

Alice Ruyter married Paul Drummond in 1951. They resided in Manhattan, New York City, New York. They separated in 1975 and divorced in 1976.She died on November 30, 2016 from complications of a fall at her home in The Bronx, New York City, at age 88.

Early Life

Alice Elizabeth Ruyter was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1928, the daughter of Sarah Irene (née Alker), a secretary, and Arthur Ruyter, an auto mechanic. She graduated from Pembroke College (the women's college of Brown University) in 1950.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 Movie
Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters

Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters

2020
The documentary tells the full story of the beginning of the "Ghost Ghostbusters" franchise.

2010.

1 Movie
Furry Vengeance

Furry Vengeance

6.27
2010
A band of woodland creatures rise up to throw a monkey wrench into the greedy scheme when real estate developer Dan Sanders finalizes plans to level a swath of pristine Oregon forest to make way for a...

2009.

2 Movies
After.Life

After.Life

1.5
2009
A woman wakes up to find a mortuary preparing her for burial after a terrible car crash.
Motherhood

Motherhood

2009
Motherhood is a comedy written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann. The film was shot in New York's West Village and focuses on the trials and difficulties of being a mother.

2008.

3 Movies
Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York

4.33
2008
A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
Doubt

Doubt

5.63
2008
A catholic school nun questioned a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, suspecting him of abuse. He denies the charges, and much of the film's quick-fire dialogue tackles the...
Chronic Town

Chronic Town

2008
Truman Korovin is a cab driver in Alaska. The usual routine of picking up fares and spending his nights at his favorite bar is disrupted when his girlfriend dumps him on a cold night. Truman ends up i...

2007.

1 Movie
Mitch Albom's For One More Day

Mitch Albom's For One More Day

2007
While back in his hometown, a suicidal former baseball player encounters the spirit of his deceased mother, who takes him on a sentimental tour meant to restore his love of life.

2005.

1 Movie
The Honeymooners

The Honeymooners

2005
Working class New York bus driver Ralph Kramden is always coming up with schemes for himself and his best friend, EdNorton, who is always around to help him get out of trouble.

2004.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Boston Legal

Boston Legal

5.81
2004
In an upscale Boston law firm, Alan Shore and Denny Crane lead a brigade of high-priced civil litigators in a series focusing on the professional and personal lives of brilliant but often emotionally ...
TV
The Jury

The Jury

2004
The series takes the viewer into the jury room to watch the deliberators try to answer questions. When facts are exposed through crime footage, viewers will form their own opinions about the guilt or ...
House of D

House of D

2004
Tom Warshaw remembers his traumatic coming of age in the present. Tom was growing up in New York City and hanging out with a mentally disabled man. The young boy is left to his own devices as his moth...

2003.

1 Movie
Pieces of April

Pieces of April

4
2003
April Burns lives with her boyfriend in a low-rent New York City apartment miles away from her family. She invites the clan to her place for Thanksgiving when she learns that her mother has died of br...

2001.

1 Movie
The Rising Place

The Rising Place

2001
The close friendship of two young women, each of a different race, and their struggle to find purpose in their lives during this time of social injustice and world war.

2000.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Joe Gould's Secret

Joe Gould's Secret

2000
In 1940, a New Yorker staff writer named Joe Mitchell met a character named Joe Gould, who was also writing a book about 20,000 conversations he's heard. Mitchell is fascinated with this Harvard grad ...
TV
Ed

Ed

4.33
2000
After his wife leaves him and he's fired from his job at a high-profile New York city law firm, Ed Stevens moves back to his hometown and tries to win the heart of his high school crush.

1999.

5 Movies
Advice From a Caterpillar

Advice From a Caterpillar

1999
When it comes to romance, Missy's attitude has always been whatever. After all, her artistic career is flourishing, her spacious New York City loft is fabulous, and her relationship with a married man...
Earthly Possessions

Earthly Possessions

1999
A bored wife, who is planning to run away from her minister husband, is taken hostage in a bank robbery. She sees the thrill in being involved in the chase and helps the younger bandit escape his purs...
I'll Take You There

I'll Take You There

1999
A man is forced to move forward by a woman after his wife dumps him.
Just the Ticket

Just the Ticket

1999
Gary Starke works in New York City. Linda dumps him because she doesn't approve of his criminal lifestyle. If Gary has a chance of winning her back, he has to give up scalping. He wants to make a lot ...
The Love Letter

The Love Letter

1999
A sleepy New England town is turned upside down by a love letter.

1997.

4 Movies
Office Killer

Office Killer

2
1997
When Dorine Douglas' job as proofreader for Constant Consumer magazine is turned into an at- home position, she doesn't know how to cope. After accidentally killing one of her co-workers, she discover...
In & Out

In & Out

6
1997
A teacher is questioning his sexuality after a former student made a comment about him.
Til There Was You

Til There Was You

1997
Two strangers meet for the first time. It took them a long time to fall in love.
Commandments

Commandments

1997
The end of Warner's rope has been reached. His world has been in turmoil since his wife died. His house has been destroyed as his career has fallen apart. He has nothing left to live for. He directed ...

1996.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Walking and Talking

Walking and Talking

1996
Amelia was brought back to her anxiety and insecurity when her best friend announced her engagement.
TV
Spin City

Spin City

7
1996
The deputy mayor of New York City is Mike Flaherty. Mike runs the city with the help of his odd staff, which includes an anxious press secretary, a sexist, boorish chief of staff, a sharp and efficien...

1995.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Jeffrey

Jeffrey

4
1995
Being celibate protects Jeffrey from contracting AIDS. He declared a sex-free existence and met Steve Howard. Jeffrey asked his friends for help.
TV
New York News

New York News

1995
New York News was broadcast in the United States by CBS as part of its 1995 fall lineup.
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

9
1995
Three drag queens from New York are on their way to a beauty competition in Hollywood when their car breaks down in a small Midwestern town. While waiting for parts for their Cadillac convertible, the...

1994.

2 Movies
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

5.96
1994
Ventura is the Pet Detective. Jim Carrey is trying to find the mascot and quarterback of the Miami Dolphins. He stakes out the Miami Dolphins, woos and wows the ladies, and then he goes eyeball to eye...
Nobody's Fool

Nobody's Fool

6
1994
The retirement age for Sully is approaching. He flirts with Toby while working for Carl. The forgotten son's family moved back to town. The landlady's son wants to evict her.

1993.

2 Movies
Daybreak

Daybreak

1993
When a large portion of the nation's population is affected by a plague, the government puts them in camps and only allows death. A rebel named Torch sets out to help the afflicted by leading an under...
Money for Nothing

Money for Nothing

1993
When a dockworker finds a million dollars that fell off of an armored car, he decides to take the money and run. He says finders keepers. He turns to Monica, who works in an investment firm, for advic...

1992.

1 TV show
TV
Frannie's Turn

Frannie's Turn

1992
A middle-aged working class woman of Cuban-American descent decided she was sick and tired of being a second-class citizen at home and at work.

1990.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

5.7
1990
The first segment features an animated mummy stalking selected student victims; the second tale tells the story of a "cat from hell" who cannot be killed and leaves a trail of victims behind it; the t...
TV
Law & Order

Law & Order

5.83
1990
From two different vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court, follows a crime.
Awakenings

Awakenings

3.67
1990
Dr. Malcolm Sayer uses an experimental drug to awaken the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first person to receive the treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, prov...

1989.

2 Movies
Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

1989
Biologist Alex Brisco develops a new method to communicate with chimpanzees. Instead of using machines, she teaches the chimps simple sign language. Her research is overlooked by ignorant colleagues, ...
Nikki and Alexander

Nikki and Alexander

1989
Alexander is a run of the mill New Yorker who met a homeless girl. He agreed to let her spend the night.

1988.

2 Movies
Running on Empty

Running on Empty

1988
The Popes have not been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire to stop the Vietnam war campaign. The Popes have been on the run ever since....
Funny Farm

Funny Farm

6
1988
The Farmer's moved to the country to write a novel in relative seclusion. In the small, eccentric town where disaster awaits them at every turn, seclusion is the last thing the Farmers want to do.

1985.

1 TV show
TV
The Equalizer

The Equalizer

7.33
1985
Robert McCall is a former agent of a secret government agency who is now running his own private crime fighting operation where he fashions himself as "The Equalizer." It is a service for victims of t...

1984.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

5.95
1984
After losing their academic posts at a prestigious university, a team of parapsychologists goes into business as ghostbusters who kill all sorts of monsters. An ad campaign pays off when a knockout ce...
TV
Kate & Allie

Kate & Allie

1984
The show ran from March 19, 1984 to May 22, 1989. The positive response from critics and viewers made CBS commit to a full season of Kate & Allie in the fall of 1984. Sherry Coben created the series.
TV
Night Court

Night Court

6
1984
Night Court aired on NBC from January 4, 1984 to May 31, 1992. Judge Harold T presided over the night shift of the Manhattan court. "Harry Stone" It was created by a comedy writer who had previously w...

1982.

1 Movie
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

4
1982
The local whorehouse, known as the "Chicken Ranch," was stopped from being shut down by the town sheriff and a madame.

1981.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Park Place

Park Place

1981
Park Place first aired on CBS on April 9, 1981 and was canceled on April 30, 1981 after four episodes. Young lawyers working for a legal aid clinic are the focus of the series.
Eyewitness

Eyewitness

6
1981
A janitor in New York and a big fan of a TV news reporter. Tony comes to cover the story when a rich man is murdered in Daryll's building. Tony pretended to know something about the crime in order to ...

1980.

1 Movie
Hide in Plain Sight

Hide in Plain Sight

1980
A man is looking for his children after his ex- wife enters the Witness Protection Program.

1979.

1 Movie
Sanctuary of Fear

Sanctuary of Fear

1979
A Manhattan priest with a penchant for solving crimes goes to the aid of a young actress. She is becoming enmeshed in a series of bizarre incidents she can't explain, and her complaints to the police ...

1978.

1 Movie
King of the Gypsies

King of the Gypsies

1978
Zharko, leader of the Romanis in NYC, passed his position of leadership to his grandson, Dave, leading to infighting between him and his father.

1977.

2 Movies
Thieves

Thieves

1977
Sally still teaches on the hardscrabble Lower East Side where Martin is the head of a fancy private school. Romantic dalliances with others convince them that they're meant to be together despite thei...
Secret Service

Secret Service

1977
The story of a Union spy trying to seize control of the telegraph office is set in Virginia in October of 1864.

1972.

1 Movie
Particular Men

Particular Men

1972
The stage performance follows several government scientists as they develop the atomic bomb, grapple with the morality of their work, and confront major problems with their superiors. Loring Mandel is...

1971.

1 TV show
TV
Great Performances

Great Performances

1971
Classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries are included in the programming portfolio of the best in the performing arts from across America and ...

1969.

1 TV show
TV
Where the Heart Is

Where the Heart Is

1969
Where the Heart Is was an American soap opera telecast on the CBS television network from September 8, 1969 to March 23, 1973. Created by Lou Scofield and Margaret DePriest, the program ran for 25 min...

1962.

1 Movie
The Dog Lover

The Dog Lover

1962
Jack is the fastidious manager of a local supermarket. The harmless but disruptive actions of his customers frequently give him headaches, which he remedies by holding a can of frozen juice against hi...
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