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Cliff Lyons



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
60% Donovan's Reef
  • Officer
1963
No Score Yet Two Rode Together
  • William McCandless
1961
96% Spartacus
  • Soldier
1960
100% Sergeant Rutledge
  • Sam Beecher
1960
86% Ben-Hur
  • Lubian
1959
No Score Yet The Young Land
  • Jury Foreman
1959
100% The Horse Soldiers
  • Sergeant
1959
No Score Yet The Wings of Eagles
  • Officer in Hangar
1957
100% 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 Fighting Kentuckian
  • Driver
1949
94% 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 Dakota
  • Bouncer
1945
No Score Yet The Tiger Woman
  • Rand
1944
No Score Yet Zorro's Black Whip
  • Actor
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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