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Cliff Lyons

  • Highest Rated: 100% Bend of the River (1952)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% The Wings of Eagles (1957)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A legendary stuntman/stunt coordinator, Cliff Lyons was as handsome as any of the stars he doubled and had indeed starred in his own series of silent Westerns under the name of Tex Lyons. Having begun his professional career performing with minor rodeos, Lyonsdrifted to Hollywood in the early '20s, where he found work as a stuntman in such films as Ben-Hur (1925) and Beau Geste (1927). In between these major releases, the newcomer did yeoman duty for Poverty Row entrepreneur Bud Barsky, who produced eight Westerns in Sequoia National Park starring, alternately, Lyons and Al Hoxie. Lyons would do a second series of eight equally low-budget jobs for producer Morris R. Schlank, filmed at Kernville, CA, and released 1928-1930. This time, he would alternate with another cowboy star, Cheyenne Bill. Commented Lyons: "We would go on location and make two pictures at a time -- one of Cheyenne Bill's and one of mine -- and also play the villain in each other's." Sound put an end to Lyons' starring career and he spent the next four decades or so as a riding double for the likes of Johnny Mack Brown, Buck Jones, Ken Maynard, and even Tom Mix (in the 1935 serial The Miracle Rider). In his later years he became closely associated with good friends John Wayne and John Ford, for whom he also did some second-unit directing. Although not as remembered today as Yakima Canutt, Lyons was a major force in the burgeoning stunt business and many of his innovations are still used by modern practitioners of the craft. He was married from 1938 to 1955 to B-Western heroine Beth Marion, with whom he had two sons.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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55% Donovan's Reef Officer 1963
80% Two Rode Together William McCandless 1961
95% Spartacus Soldier 1960
86% Sergeant Rutledge Sam Beecher 1960
86% Ben-Hur Lubian 1959
No Score Yet The Young Land Jury Foreman 1959
90% The Horse Soldiers Sergeant 1959
40% The Wings of Eagles Officer in Hangar 1957
98% The Searchers Col. Greenhill 1956
100% Bend of the River Willie 1952
75% Rio Grande Soldier 1950
100% Wagon Master Sheriff of Crystal City 1950
No Score Yet The Milkman Man 1950
No Score Yet The Fighting Kentuckian Driver 1949
95% She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Trooper Cliff 1949
82% Three Godfathers Guard at Mojave Tanks 1948
No Score Yet San Antonio Errol Flynn's Double 1945
No Score Yet Frontier Gal Brawler in Candy Shop 1945
No Score Yet Dakota Bouncer 1945
No Score Yet The Tiger Woman Rand 1944
No Score Yet The Dark Command Actor 1940
No Score Yet The Lawless Nineties Davis 1936
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno Stoker on the Paradise 1935
No Score Yet Tumbling Tumbleweeds Henchman 1935
No Score Yet Dynamite Ranch Actor 1932
No Score Yet Oklahoma Cyclone Henchman 1930
No Score Yet Fighters of the Saddle henchman 1929
No Score Yet Across the Plains Chuck Lang 1928
No Score Yet Manhattan Cowboy Actor 1928
No Score Yet The Canyon of Missing Men Actor 1926

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