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Jimmy Lydon (James J. Lydon)

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Biography

Harrington Park, New Jersey, USA
Born to a large Irish Catholic family (the fifth of nine children) and raised in New York City, Lydon overcame a birth defect and alcoholic father to begin a Broadway career in 1937, acting opposite Van Heflin, Sidney Lumet and Uta Hagen in separate productions. After a number of films with Paramount and RKO, Lydon hit his stride in the "Henry Aldrich" B movie series of the early 1940s. After working increasingly in television in the early 1950s, Lydon turned to production roles, helping to create M*A*S*H (1972) and 77 Sunset Strip (1958). He is still active as a producer and writer. Read more...

Actor

Character: Frankie Rogers-as aYoung Boy

Back Door to Heaven 1939

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Character: Jimmy Lydon

Star Spangled Rhythm 1942

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Character: Johnny McCloud

My Best Gal 1944

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Character: Mickey Pringle

Twice Blessed 1945

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Character: Tommy's Classmate

Good News 1947

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Character: Ricky Latham

Cynthia 1947

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Character: Dudley Raoul Bostwick

The Time of Your Life 1948

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Character: Andy Bryant

Tucson 1949

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Character: Luke Mills

Death of a Gunfighter 1969

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Character: Charles 'Charlie' Fettles

When Willie Comes Marching Home 1950

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Character: Clinton, Secretary

The Magnificent Yankee 1950

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Character: Frank Rousseau

Peter Gunn 1958

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Character: Pierre d'Arc

Joan of Arc 1948

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Character: Lt. Fred Green

Screen Directors Playhouse 1955

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Character: Dane Hoffman

Cade's County 1971

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