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He’s 10 – and was a Hollywood Actor Who Died in 1964!

He’s 10 – and was a Hollywood Actor Who Died in 1964!
March 26
09:32 2015

Ryan with his mom and dad in Oklahoma

By John Christian Hopkins

He’s a 10-year-old Oklahoma boy and remembers his days as a Hollywood actor-turned-agent.

Ryan began having nightmares at age 4. When he was 5 he told his mom, Cyndi, “I used to be somebody else.”

Ryan would cry and beg his mother to take him “home to Hollywood.” He began to remember meeting Rita Hayworth, dancing on Broadway, travelling overseas and working at a talent agency. Ryan even recalled that he lived in a street that had the word “rock” in it.

The stories were so detailed and extensive that it didn’t seem like a child making up a pretend story, Cyndi said. But she was so afraid that people would think her son was crazy, that she kept it a secret – even from her husband.

When his mom borrowed a book of Hollywood publicity shots from the library Ryan flipped through the pages. Then he stopped and pointed to a picture of a man in the 1932 debut film of Mae West, “Night After Night.”

“(Mom) turns to a page in the book, and I say ‘That’s me, that’s who I was’,” Ryan said.

The actor’s name was Marty Martyn – and he died in 1964.

Cyndi was a Baptist and did not believe in reincarnation, but she contacted child psychologist Dr. Jim Tucker at the University of Virginia.

Tucker’s files contain stories of more than 2,500 children – mostly between the ages of 2 and 6 – that he believes have accurately described past lives.

Tucker tracked down information through a Hollywood archivist; he uncovered details on Martyn’s life that matched what Ryan had been saying. Martyn had been an extra in the movies before becoming an agent; he had danced on Broadway and had travelled overseas, to Paris.

Marty Martyn

The real Marty Martyn

But, almost none of those details were available on the internet, Tucker said.

In all Tucker verified 55 facts from Martyn’s life that matched what Ryan was saying.

Including that Martyn had two sisters – a fact the actor/agent’s own daughter hadn’t known!

And the street name with “rock” in it? It turns out that Martyn once lived at 825 North Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills.

Tucker includes Ryan’s story in his book, Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives.”

In her 1997 book about children remembering past lives, Carol Bowman suggested that there were four keys to look for if you think your child is experiencing a genuine memory of a past live; there are if the story remains consistent over time, if the child displays knowledge beyond his experience, if there were corresponding behavior or traits

Bowman’s book received some positive reviews, but one critic called it a “firsthand testament to ignorance of science.”

Reincarnation is a part of many cultures. In Tibet, the Dalai Lama is thought to be reincarnated. In Hinduism Yama, the lord of death, is responsible for keeping complete records of every action by a human being and, upon a person’s death, decides whether they will be reincarnated as a superior or inferior organism based on their life actions.

Belief in reincarnation is found many ancient – and some modern – religions, and is believed from Siberia to West Africa to North America to Australia.

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