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Beirne Lay Jr. (1909–1982)

Beirne Lay Jr. was born on September 1, 1909 in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for Twelve O'Clock High (1949), 12 O'Clock High (1964) and Strategic Air Command (1955). He died on May 26, 1982 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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  12 O'Clock High (TV Series) (characters based on the novel - 78 episodes, 1964 - 1967) (writer - 1 episode, 1964)
- The Hunters and the Killers (1967) ... (characters based on the novel)
- A Long Time Dead (1967) ... (characters based on the novel)
- Graveyard (1966) ... (characters based on the novel)
- The Duel at Mont Sainte Marie (1966) ... (characters based on the novel)
- Six Feet Under (1966) ... (characters based on the novel)
  The Lieutenant (TV Series) (teleplay & story - 1 episode, 1964) (written by - 1 episode, 1963)
- Man with an Edge (1964) ... (teleplay & story)
- The Two Star Giant (1963) ... (written by)
 1963 The Young and the Brave (writer)
 1962 Combat! (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Missing in Action (1962) ... (story)
 1960 The Gallant Hours (written by)
 1960 Men Into Space (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- From Another World (1960) ... (writer)
 1957 The Silent Service (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Two Davids & Goliath (1957) ... (writer)
- The Tirante Plays a Hunch (1957) ... (writer)
 1956 Toward the Unknown (written by)
 1955 24 Hour Alert (Short) (screenplay)
 1955 Strategic Air Command (screenplay) / (story)
 1952 Above and Beyond (story)
 1951 Flying Leathernecks (screenplay - uncredited)
 1949 Twelve O'Clock High (novel) / (screenplay)
 1941 I Wanted Wings (book "I Wanted Wings" - as Lieut. Beirne Lay Jr.) / (screenplay - as Lieut. Beirne Lay Jr.)
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 1963 The Young and the Brave
Army Major
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 1956 Toward the Unknown (associate producer)
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 1941 I Wanted Wings (technical advisor - uncredited)

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Lieut. Beirne Lay Jr.

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Was a noted pilot for the U.S. Army Air Corps during the 1930's and a writer on aviation themes. During World War II, he worked as a flying instructor, was then promoted to captain after being transferred to Headquarters USAAC in Washington, D.C. He then became speech writer for General Henry H. Arnold, Chief of the Army Air Corps. See more »

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