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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 30 May 1923Harrington Park, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameJames J. Lydon

Mini Bio (1)

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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: <anthony-adam@tamu.edu>

Spouse (2)

Betty Lou Nedell (1952 - present) (2 daughters)
Patricia Pernetti (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (9)

Lydon is a licensed pilot.
Grandson of professional wrestling champion Jim Londos.
Real-life son-in-law of actress Olive Blakeney, who played his mother in all but the first of the "Henry Aldrich" film series.
Did not enjoy the Hollywood experience as a juvenile. He appeared on Broadway and films initially to help support an alcoholic father and family of nine children. He had practically no education as a result.
Son-in-law of actors Bernard Nedell and Olive Blakeney.
Gave a 15-year-old Elizabeth Taylor her first screen kiss in Cynthia (1947).
Interviewed in Tom Weaver's books, "I Talked with a Zombie" (McFarland & Co., 2008) and "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co., 2010).
Was directed in "Joan of Arc" by Victor Fleming, but told film critic Leonard Maltin in an interview that he (Lydon) did not have a high opinion of Fleming's working method as a director.
(1997-) Runs his film company, Spectrum.

Personal Quotes (1)

I don't like to see any kids on stage or screen. It's unnatural.

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