He was a veteran of 92 movies and television programs. His television career began at age 29 playing a high school boy on the December 26, 1953 Adventures of Superman episode titled My Friend Superman with George Reeves, Jack Larson, and Noel Neill. Ryder followed this with playing Ronald on the January 31, 1953 Space Patrol episode Runaway Planetoid.
Ryder would go on in the to appear in several television series, many as an uncredited actor, and top films.
Television: He then performed in John Drew Barrymore"s Matinee Theater episode of The Alumni Reunion which aired September 26, 1956 with Don Keefer and Constance Ford. He continued on in minor television roles on The Ford Television Theatre and Goodyear Theatre, Casey Jones, M Squad, the popular Make Room Foreign Daddy, The Thin Manitoba, and Steve Canyon.
He also co-starred on The Dennis O"Keefe Show. Film: Costarring as "Two Tanks" in Hot Rod Girl (1956), The Comedian (1957) with Mickey Rooney, Operation Mad Ball (1957) with Jack Lemmon.
Kings Go Forth (1958) starring Frank Sinatra.
The brought several credited appearances in major television and film. Television: Four episodes in 1964 of Death Valley Days, The Andy Griffith Show (1964), Bewitched (1965), Doctor Kildare (1961, 1965), The Munsters (1965), The Twilight Zone (episode "Mr Dingle, the Strong"), and The Dick Van Dyke Show (1965). Film: His film career during this time yielded a secondary role in the film Son of Flubber (1963) with Fred MacMurray.
In 1963, the massive $9 million, 12 star-studded production, lieutenant"s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World which starred Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, and Milton Berle among others gave Ryder the role of air traffic control staffer.
The Oscar (1966) nominated for two Academy Awards and starring notables Milton Berle, Elke Sommer, Joseph Cotten, Tony Bennett, and Walter Brennan. (1967) starring Tony Curtis and played a minor role in The Big Mouth (1967) starring Jerry Lewis.
Directing: In 1969, Ryder directed the Get Smart episode "Greer Window". Foreign Ryder, the kept him in television as a secondary actor and mostly making single appearances.
Television: Here Come the Brides (1970), Get Smart (1970), Mission Impossible (1972), several appearances in Bonanza and Mannix among many others
Film: Ryder was cast in the campy Stacy and her Gangbusters (1973) and Mel Brooks"s High Anxiety (1977), his last film. Directing: In 1976, Ryder directed The Bob Newhart Show episode Number Sale and in 1979, directed the film Up Yours - A Rockin" Comedy which starred Belinda Balaski, Michael Paul Chan, and George "Buck" Flower. During the 1980s, Ryder appeared in 3 television series and 1 film: The Dukes of Hazzard, Hill Street Blues, and General Hospital.
In 1986, Ryder appeared in the comedy A Masterpiece of Murder with Bob Hope and Don Ameche.