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Jimmy Lydon

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 ... See full bio »
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 1987 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Harold O'Shea
- Handoff (1987) ... Harold O'Shea (as James Lydon)
 1986 Misfits of Science (TV Series)
Nate
- The Avenging Angel (1986) ... Nate
 1983-1985 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Jeweler / Guard at Plant Entrance / Bartender
- Facets (1985) ... Jeweler
- Too Much of a Good Thing (1983) ... Guard at Plant Entrance (as James Lydon)
- The List (1983) ... Bartender (as James Lydon)
 1982-1983 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Bill Renault
- Wheels (1983) ... (as James Lydon)
- Colt's Outlaws (1982) ... Bill Renault
 1982 The Greatest American Hero (TV Series)
McGivers
- Train of Thought (1982) ... McGivers (as James Lydon)
 1978 Black Sheep Squadron (TV Series)
Admiral Taylor
- Sheep in the Limelight (1978) ... Admiral Taylor
 1978 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Doctor
- Physical (1978) ... Doctor (as James Lydon)
 1977 Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion (TV Movie)
Muggeridge
 1976 The Quest (TV Series)
Storekeeper
- The Freight Train Rescue (1976) ... Storekeeper (as James Lydon)
 1976 Vigilante Force
Tom Cousy (as James Lydon)
 1976 The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV Movie)
Jim Pickett (as James Lydon)
 1974-1976 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Barrow / Wyatt
- Joey Blue Eyes (1976) ... Barrow (as James Lydon)
- Find Me If You Can (1974) ... Wyatt (as James Lydon)
 1972-1976 Cannon (TV Series)
Capt. Clawson / District Attorney / Carter
- Revenge (1976) ... Capt. Clawson (as James Lydon)
- Flashpoint (1974) ... District Attorney (as James Lydon)
- Murder by Moonlight (1972) ... Carter (as James Lydon)
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Radio Actor / Actor
- The Adventure of the Lover's Leap (1975) ... Radio Actor (as James Lydon)
- Too Many Suspects (1975) ... Actor (as James Lydon)
 1968-1974 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Charlie Boggs / Baines
- The Tarnished Badge (1974) ... Charlie Boggs (as James Lydon)
- The First People (1968) ... Baines (as James Lydon)
 1974 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
Dr. Waters
- Straight on 'til Morning (1974) ... Dr. Waters
 1972-1974 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Harvey Shore / Tyler
- Suspect Number One (1974) ... Harvey Shore (as James Lydon)
- The Adoption (1972) ... Tyler (as James Lydon)
 1974 Police Story (TV Series)
Gambler
- The Gamble (1974) ... Gambler
 1973 Bonnie's Kids (as James Lydon)
 1972 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
John Stevens
- Michael O'Hara the Fourth: Part 2 (1972) ... John Stevens (as James Lydon)
- Michael O'Hara the Fourth: Part 1 (1972) ... John Stevens (as James Lydon)
 1972 Michael O'Hara the Fourth (TV Movie)
John Stevens (as James Lydon)
 1972 The Jimmy Stewart Show (TV Series)
Judson Hopkins
- Jim's Decision (1972) ... Judson Hopkins (as James Lydon)
 1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
Lee Foster
- Operation: Rake-Off (1972) ... Lee Foster (as James Lydon)
 1971 Cade's County (TV Series)
Dane Hoffman
- Requiem for Miss Madrid (1971) ... Dane Hoffman (as James Lydon)
 1971 The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove (TV Movie)
Jim Durden (as James Lydon)
 1971 Scandalous John
Grotch (as James Lydon)
 1971 Cannon (TV Movie)
Betting Clerk (as James Lydon)
 1968-1970 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Joey Witner
- The Traitor (1970) ... (as James Lydon)
- Act of Violence (1968) ... Joey Witner
 1969 Death of a Gunfighter
Luke Mills (as James Lydon)
 1965 Many Happy Returns (TV Series)
Mr. Ingram
- The Woodsman (1965) ... Mr. Ingram
 1964 This Is the Life (TV Series)
Patton
- Bright Shadows (1964) ... Patton (as James Lydon)
 1959-1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
George Blair / Clete Millikan / Hotel Clerk / ...
- The Dr. Denker Story (1962) ... George Blair (as James Lydon)
- The Jeremy Dow Story (1960) ... Clete Millikan (as James Lydon)
- The Sam Livingston Story (1960) ... Hotel Clerk (as James Lydon)
- The Vittorio Bottecelli Story (1959) ... Todd (as James Lydon)
 1962 Hennesey (TV Series)
Marvin Himmelstein
- Hysteresis Synchronous Can Be Fun (1962) ... Marvin Himmelstein (as James Lydon)
 1961 87th Precinct (TV Series)
Roger Pitt
- Heckler (1961) ... Roger Pitt (as James Lydon)
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Ben Roberts
- Kill the Sound (1961) ... Ben Roberts (as James Lydon)
 1961 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Reporter
- Immunity (1961) ... Reporter (uncredited)
 1961 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
Tom Fitch
- The Outlaws Cry Murder (1961) ... Tom Fitch (uncredited)
- Until Proven Guilty (1961) ... Tom Fitch (uncredited)
 1961 The Last Time I Saw Archie
Pvt. Billy Simpson (as James Lydon)
 1961 Whispering Smith (TV Series)
Frank Whalen
- The Devil's Share (1961) ... Frank Whalen (as James Lydon)
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Gil Soames
- The Raider (1961) ... Gil Soames (as James Lydon)
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Harry
- The Choice (1961) ... Harry
 1961 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Frank Grant
- Baseball vs. Love (1961) ... Frank Grant (as James Lydon)
 1959-1961 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Paul Dexter / Dan Murdock
- Dead Reckoning (1961) ... Paul Dexter (as James Lydon)
- Twelve Hours to Crazy Horse (1959) ... Dan Murdock (as James Lydon)
 1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Larry White
- The Legend That Walks Like a Man (1961) ... Larry White (as James Lydon)
 1958-1961 Bronco (TV Series)
Dolan / Allan Brierly / Deputy Roy Proudy
- The Invaders (1961) ... Dolan
- End of a Rope (1960) ... Allan Brierly (as James Lydon)
- The Turning Point (1958) ... Deputy Roy Proudy (as James Lydon)
 1961 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Hotel Clerk
- The Masterpiece (1961) ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1961 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Patrolman
- Back There (1961) ... Patrolman (as James Lydon)
 1960 Lassie (TV Series)
Mr. Dennis
- The Christmas Story (1960) ... Mr. Dennis (as James Lydon)
 1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Frank Rousseau
- Death Across the Board (1960) ... Frank Rousseau (as James Lydon)
 1960 New Comedy Showcase (TV Series)
 1960 The Texan (TV Series)
Smitty
- The Accuser (1960) ... Smitty (as James Lydon)
 1960 Hotel de Paree (TV Series)
Lowell Wheatley
- Sundance and the Barren Soil (1960) ... Lowell Wheatley
 1960 I Passed for White
Jay Morgan (as James Lydon)
 1960 The Hypnotic Eye
Emergency Doctor
 1960 Tightrope (TV Series)
Paul Anderson
- The Brave Pigeon (1960) ... Paul Anderson (as James Lydon)
 1959 M Squad (TV Series)
Joseph Rinehart
- The Ivy League Bank Robbers (1959) ... Joseph Rinehart (as James Lydon)
 1959 Man with a Camera (TV Series)
Eddie Wilson
- Live Target (1959) ... Eddie Wilson (as James Lydon)
 1958-1959 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Navigator / Johnny Jr.
- Secret Island (1959) ... Navigator (as James Lydon)
- The Bouncing Chip (1958) ... Johnny Jr. (as James Lydon)
 1958-1959 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Willy / Frank Harper
- Return to El Paso (1959) ... Willy (as James Lydon)
- Sign in the Sand (1958) ... Frank Harper (as James Lydon)
 1959 Union Pacific (TV Series)
- Ring of Iron (1959) ... (as James Lydon)
 1957-1959 Trackdown (TV Series)
Joe Corbett / Mark Turley / Sam Devlin
- False Witness (1959) ... Joe Corbett
- The Feud (1959) ... Mark Turley (as James Lydon)
- Law in Lampasas (1957) ... Sam Devlin (as James Lydon)
 1959 Maverick (TV Series)
Terry McKenna
- Brasada Spur (1959) ... Terry McKenna (as James Lyndon)
 1956-1958 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Evans / Officer Evans / Saunders / ...
- The Phantom Valise (1957) ... Officer Evans (as James Lydon)
- Trouble in Trinidad (1957) ... Evans
- Volcano (1957) ... Evans
- Susanna Strikes Back (1956) ... Saunders
 1958 Lawman (TV Series)
Nat Davis
- The Outcast (1958) ... Nat Davis (as James Lydon)
 1958 Tales of the Texas Rangers (TV Series)
Lieutenant Jared Evans
- Warpath (1958) ... Lieutenant Jared Evans
 1958 Love That Jill (TV Series)
Richard
- Make Mine Marriage (1958) ... Richard
- Love That Foreign Sports Car (1958) ... Richard
- Bess of the Bowery (1958) ... Richard
- Two for the Money (1958) ... Richard
- Kid Stuff (1958) ... Richard
 1957 Casey Jones (TV Series)
Johnny Ferguson
- One-Way Ticket (1957) ... Johnny Ferguson
 1956-1957 Navy Log (TV Series)
Kline / Joe Donovan
- Human Bomb (1957) ... Kline (as James Lydon)
- Incident at Formosa (1956) ... Joe Donovan (as James Lydon)
 1957 The Christophers (TV Series)
Peter Fielding
- A Link in the Chain (1957) ... Peter Fielding
 1957 Wire Service (TV Series)
Harris
- Run, Sheep, Run (1957) ... Harris (as James Lydon)
 1953-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Dinny / D. Crockett Weeks
- Eileen (1957) ... Dinny (as James Lydon)
- It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1957) ... (as James Lydon)
- Will Power (1953) ... D. Crockett Weeks (as James Lydon)
 1957 Chain of Evidence
Steve Nordstrom (as James Lydon)
 1956 Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV Series)
Johnny Lane
- The Williwaw (1956) ... Johnny Lane
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
Timmy O'Brien
- Mother O'Brien (1956) ... Timmy O'Brien (as James Lydon)
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1956 Battle Stations
Squawk Hewitt
 1956 Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal (TV Series)
Dr. Roy Weston
- Off the Pedestal (1956) ... Dr. Roy Weston (as James Lydon)
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Lt. Fred Green
- Want Ad Wedding (1955) ... Lt. Fred Green (as James Lydon)
 1955 So This Is Hollywood (TV Series)
Andy Boone
- Reunion in Hollywood (1955) ... Andy Boone
- The Maharajah (1955) ... Andy Boone
- Grutchnik Rides Again (1955) ... Andy Boone
- Grutchnik (1955) ... Andy Boone
- Very Cold for April (1955) ... Andy Boone
 1955 Rage at Dawn
Dedrick - Fisher's Clerk (uncredited)
 1955 The Lineup (TV Series)
- The Danny Burke Case (1955) ... (as James Lydon)
 1954 Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (TV Series)
Biffen 'Biff' Cardoza / Cardoza
- The Trial of Rocky Jones: Chapter I (1954) ... Biffen 'Biff' Cardoza
- Out of This World: Chapter I (1954) ... Biffen 'Biff' Cardoza
- Vena and the Darnamo (1954) ... Biffen 'Biff' Cardoza (as James Lydon)
- The Cold Sun: Chapter I (1954) ... Biffen 'Biff' Cardoza
- The Cold Sun: Chapter III (1954) ... Cardoza
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Wade Foster
- Color Blind (1954)
- Think No Evil (1954) ... Wade Foster
 1954 The Desperado
Tom Cameron (as James Lydon)
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
- Summer Dance (1953) ... (as James Lydon)
 1953 Island in the Sky
Murray (as James Lydon)
 1953 Racket Squad (TV Series)
- Impatient Heir (1953)
 1953 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Harris the Kid
- Stranger Than Fiction (1953) ... Harris the Kid
 1953 Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series)
- Rocking Horse (1953)
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Oh! Susanna
Trumpeter Benton (as James Lydon)
 1950 The Magnificent Yankee
Clinton, Secretary (as James Lydon)
 1950 The First Hundred Years (TV Series)
Chris Thayer (1950-1952)
 1950 Hot Rod
David Langham (as James Lydon)
 1950 September Affair
Johnny Wilson
 1950 Destination Big House
Freddy Brooks (as James Lydon)
 1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
 1950 Tarnished
Junior Bunker
 1950 When Willie Comes Marching Home
Charles 'Charlie' Fettles (as James Lydon)
 1949-1950 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
Simon Vanderhopper
- Acting Lessons (1950) ... Simon Vanderhopper
- Riley, Gillis, and Vanderhopper, Inc. (1949) ... Simon Vanderhopper
- Babs and Simon Step Out (1949) ... Simon Vanderhopper
 1949 Tucson
Andy Bryant
 1949 Bad Boy
Ted Hendry (as James Lydon)
 1949 Miss Mink of 1949
Joe Forrester
 1949 An Old-Fashioned Girl
Tom Shaw
 1948 Out of the Storm
Donald Lewis
 1948 The Time of Your Life
Dudley Raoul Bostwick (a young man in love) (as James Lydon)
 1947 Good News
Jimmy's Classmate (uncredited)
 1947 Sweet Genevieve
Bill Kennedy
 1947 Cynthia
Ricky Latham
 1947 Life with Father
Clarence
 1946 Affairs of Geraldine
Willy Briggs (as James Lydon)
 1945 Twice Blessed
Mickey Pringle
 1945 Strange Illusion
Paul Cartwright (as James Lydon)
 1945 Time to Kill (Short)
Lou
 1944 The Town Went Wild
Bob Harrison
 1944 Road to Victory (Short)
Danny Ames (as Jimmie Lydon)
 1944 The Shining Future (Short)
Danny Ames (as Jimmie Lydon)
 1944 My Best Gal
Johnny McCloud
 1943 Caribbean Romance (Short)
Peter Conway
 1943 Aerial Gunner
Pvt. Sanford 'Sandy' Lunt
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Jimmy Lydon (uncredited)
 1942 A Letter from Bataan (Short)
Chuck Lewis
 1942 The Mad Martindales
Bobby Bruce Turner
 1942 Cadets on Parade
Joe Novak
 1941 Naval Academy
Tommy Blake
 1940 Bowery Boy
Sock Dolan
 1940 Little Men
Dan
 1939 Two Thoroughbreds
David Carey
 1939 Home Early (Short)
Junior Doakes (uncredited)
 1939 Back Door to Heaven
Frankie Rogers-as aYoung Boy
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Stage Play: Sunup to Sundown. Written by Francis Edward Faragoh. Directed by Joseph Losey. Hudson Theatre: 1 Feb 1938- Feb 1938 (closing date unknown/7 performances). Cast: Leslie Barrett (as "Pogriski"), Henry Bashein (as "Ensemble"), Nancy Bashein (as "Ensemble"), Harris Berger (as "Ensemble"), Earl J. Brisgal (as "Slim"), Margery ... See more »

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