1880s or 90s
April 15, 1912
somewhere in Ireland
possibly Roman Catholic
possibly Queenstown, Ireland
New York, U.S.A.
Accidentally shot and killed by First Officer Murdoch
Tommy is also seen among the people in Rose's dream/vision version of Titanic at the end of the film.
Not much is known of Thomas Ryan's early life.
Life onboard TitanicEdit
Although not much of Tommy is seen onboard, it is shown how he met Jack Dawson and Fabrizio De Ross, and also being quite fascinated by Jack's drawings. Unlike his friends, Thomas did not fall in love aboard the ship and if he did, which is highly unlikely, it is never seen. Tommy is also seen at the 3rd Class Party, smoking and having a good time. In a deleted scene, Tommy is admiring Jack's artwork, saying "This is very good." Tommy is seen smoking onboard various times.
Death and Titanic's sinkingEdit
In the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Tommy along with Fabrizio meet Jack and Rose behind a locked gate blocking the passengers behind it with it guarded by two crew members with a pistol. He goes up to the gate and yells at the crew. He tells Jack and Rose that the gate is guarded by the crew. Jack then goes to another exit gate and rams it down with the help of Tommy and Fabrizio. Tommy try to find a lifeboat for all four of them to get off safely. Upon failing, Jack then tells Tommy and Fabrizio to go to the other side of the ship to find a lifeboat. They find one being run by William Murdoch, who won't let him, Fabrizio, Caledon Hockley and a angry mob of men board. Tommy and Murdoch get into a brief argument. In a panic, Murdoch shot and killed Tommy. In a shock and with guilt, Murdoch then committed suicide by putting a gun to his head.
In order to survive the rough waters around the ship, Fabrizio takes Tommy's lifebelt by untying it and strapping it on to him. However, he later dies when a funnels falls on him.
Behind the scenesEdit
He was portrayed by Jason Barry.
A 27-years old Thomas Ryan perished in the sinking. However the historical Ryan was a steward on the Titanic, unlike his namesake in the film, who was a passenger. The similarity of the name was likely accidental.