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[about Lyle Bettger
] . . . one of the nicest guys we had at Paramount. So professional. He was, oddly enough, cast as a heavy while in real life he was just a dear, dear man. Extremely friendly with everyone. Very, very popular on the lot with cast members. People all over the world the minute they saw him on screen knew he was gonna be a mean man. His role in [Cecil B. DeMille
's] The Greatest
Lyles' old friend Ronald Reagan
appointed Lyles to the President's Advisory Council on Private Sector Initiatives in 1983, and in January of 1986 he was sworn onto the board. He regularly attended White House meetings with Reagan and his staff and attended conferences overseas. During the Reagan and George Bush
administrations he also functioned as Hollywood liaison, getting celebrities to ...