Soviet dancer Andrey Ustinov is missing from the visiting Moscow Ballet and apparently seeking asylum in the United States, officials said yesterday.

State Department spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley refused to confirm or deny whether Ustinov had applied for asylum but she said Soviet Embassy officials had asked the State Department had been contacted by the Soviet Embassy.

An official with the Reagan administration, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, "I am told that he is well protected. He's in safe hands and there's no risk of any untoward action against him of any kind."

The dancer was reported missing to the Dallas Police Department on Thursday after the last of three performances at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

The Moscow Ballet is on its first visit to the United States, part of a two-month world tour.

Hard Rock Cafe for D.C. Although Washington takes itself much too seriously, the unbridled spirit of the internationally famous Hard Rock Cafe restaurant-bar might change that. Creator and founder of the original Hard Rock Cafe in London, Isaac Tigrett has just signed the lease for his seventh cafe' to be built at Ninth and E streets NW, across from the FBI headquarters and close to Ford's Theatre. Tigrett, who opened London's Hard Rock in 1971, is well known for his cafe's' display of memorabilia once owned by such rockers as the Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan.

Ray's Complaints From Prison James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., is saying that prison life is ruining his health. Serving a 99-year sentence in the Bledsoe County, Tenn., Regional Prison, Ray wrote state corrections officials to complain. "For the past several months, I've been off and on receiving medication for high blood pressure," Ray wrote in the letter dated Oct. 12. "The medication has been ineffective." Ray said that medical technicians told him his condition is caused by "prolonged segregated confinement" -- or, as Ray put it, "being caged 24 hours a day." Prison officials said Ray has been in "involuntary mandatory segregation" since 1981 when he was stabbed by other inmates at another prison.

McFarlane's Wish Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane talks about his suicide attempt in the November issue of McCall's magazine and says he now has a new perspective on life. Having turned 50 recently, McFarlane, who tried to end his life with an overdose of Valium, said he had a special birthday wish. "If you really want to know my most outrageous wish -- I'd like my wife to have another baby," he says. "That may be a bit too much to ask but I'd enjoy another child."

Ron Reagan's Soviet Policy Ron Reagan said in an interview with a Moscow paper published Thursday that he does not always agree with his father, President Reagan, particularly when it comes to politics.

Reagan, 29, filming in the Soviet Union for ABC, told the Moscowskie Novosti newspaper, "Perestroika {restructuring} and the increased freedom of the press that goes with it are a good thing. Keep at it."

Asked what his father told him before the trip, Reagan reminded the Soviets that he had been to the Soviet Union two years ago as correspondent for Playboy magazine, "so it was me who told him interesting things rather than vice versa."

Reagan said he did not vote for any candidate in U.S. presidential elections. Asked what he would do if he were elected president, he said he would try to alleviate the plight of homeless people in the United States. "And, of course, I would hold disarmament talks with the Soviet Union," he said.

It's a Girl And for you Kathleen Turner fans, the star of such hits as "Body Heat," "Romancing the Stone" and "Prizzi's Honor" gave birth Wednesday in New York to a baby girl, Rachel Ann. Turner is married to real estate agent Jay Weiss.