Ben Lyon

Birthday:
02/06/1901
Place of birth:
Atlanta, Georgia, USA:
Biography:
From Wikipedia Ben Lyon (February 6, 1901 – March 22, 1979) was an American actor and a studio executive at 20th Century Fox. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Lyon entered films in 1918 after a successful appearance on Broadway opposite Jeanne Eagels. He attracted attention in the highly successful film Flaming Youth (1923), and steadily developed into a leading man. He was most successfully paired with some of the leading actresses of the silent era including Pola Negri, Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, Barbara La Marr, Viola Dana, Anna Q. Nilsson, Mary Astor and Blanche Sweet. He had success as an actor in the 1930 film Hell's Angels. The film was a major success and brought Jean Harlow to prominence, but Lyon's performance as an heroic World War I aviator was also highly regarded. For the next decade he was constantly in demand, but his popularity began to wane by the early 1940s. By the mid-1940s he was working for 20th Century Fox. On July 17, 1946 he met a young aspiring actress named Norma Jeane Dougherty.[2] After his first meeting with her he stated that she was "Jean Harlow all over again!". He organized a color screen test for the actress, renamed her, and finally signed her as Marilyn Monroe to her first studio contract. During World War II, Lyons and his wife, actress Bebe Daniels, settled in London. The couple, along with the comedian Vic Oliver, starred in the radio series Hi, Gang!, which ran from 1940 to 1949. Hi Gang was succeeded in 1950 by Life with the Lyons, which also featured their real life son Richard and daughter Barbara, and had a run on BBC and independent television from 1954 until 1960. Lyon married actress Bebe Daniels in June 1930. They had two children: daughter Barbara in 1932 and a son Richard whom they adopted. Daniels suffered a severe stroke in 1963 and withdrew from public life. She suffered a second stroke in late 1970. She died at the couple's London home in March 1971. In 1974, Lyon married the actress Marian Nixon whom he had known since the 1920s. On March 22, 1979, Lyon and his second wife Marian Nixon were vacationing together on the Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship near Honolulu, Hawaii, when Lyon suffered a fatal heart attack. He is interred in the Chapel Columbarium at Hollywood Forever Cemetery next to his first wife, Bebe. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Ben Lyon has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1724 Vine Street.

Credits

The Lyons in Paris (1955)
as Ben
Life with the Lyons (1954)
as Ben Lyon
The Dark Tower (1943)
as Phil Danton
This Was Paris (1942)
as Butch, Sydney Chronicle Reporter
Hi Gang! (1941)
as Her Other Half
Confidential Lady (1939)
as Jim Brent
I Killed the Count (1939)
as Bernard Froy
Stardust (1938)
as Roy Harley
Down to the Sea (1936)
as Steve Londos
Dancing Feet (1936)
as Peyton Wells
Frisco Waterfront (1935)
as Glenn Burton
Navy Wife (1935)
as Dr. Peter Milford
Together We Live (1935)
as Max
Lightning Strikes Twice (1934)
as Steve Brewster
Crimson Romance (1934)
as Bob Wilson
I Spy (1934)
as Wally Sawyer
The Women in His Life (1933)
as Roger McKane
I Cover the Waterfront (1933)
as H. Joseph 'Joe' Miller
Girl Missing (1933)
as Henry Gibson
Hat Check Girl (1932)
as Buster Collins
The Crooked Circle (1932)
as Brand Osborne
By Whose Hand? (1932)
as Jimmy Hawley
Week Ends Only (1932)
as Jack Williams
The Big Timer (1932)
as Cooky Bradford
Lady with a Past (1932)
as Guy Bryson
Her Majesty, Love (1931)
as Fred von Wellingen
Bought! (1931)
as Nick Amory
Night Nurse (1931)
as Mortie
Indiscreet (1931)
as Tony Blake
My Past (1931)
as Robert 'Bob' Byrne
Aloha (1931)
as Jimmy Bradford
Misbehaving Ladies (1931)
as Phil Hunter
The Stolen Jools (1931)
as Ben Lyon
The Hot Heiress (1931)
as Hap Harrigan
Hell's Angels (1930)
as Monte Rutledge
A Soldier's Plaything (1930)
as Georgie
What Men Want (1930)
as Kendall James
Alias French Gertie (1930)
as Jimmy Hartigan
Lummox (1930)
as Rollo Farley
For the Love of Mike (1927)
as Mike
The Tender Hour (1927)
as Wally McKenzie
The Prince of Tempters (1926)
The Great Deception (1926)
as Cyril Mansfield
The Savage (1926)
as Danny Terry
The Reckless Lady (1926)
Bluebeard's Seven Wives (1926)
as John Hart / Don Juan Hartez
Winds of Chance (1925)
as Pierce Phillips
So Big (1924)
as Dirk DeJong
Wages of Virtue (1924)
as Marvin
Wine of Youth (1924)
as Lynn Talbot
Lily of the Dust (1924)
as Lt. Prell
The White Moth (1924)
as Douglas Vantine
Painted People (1924)
as Don Lane
Potash and Perlmutter (1923)
as Boris Andrieff

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