Jimmy Lydon

Highest Rated: 91% Life With Father (1947)
Birthday: May 30, 1923
Birthplace: Not Available
To help support his large family, American actor Jimmy Lydon was forced along with his eight siblings to seek out work at an early age. The boy began picking up acting jobs, appearing in such plays as Western Waters and The Happiest Days. Lydon's first film was Back Door to Heaven, after which he appeared as the title character of Tom Brown's School Days (1940). The essential seriousness with which he tackled his work may have stemmed from Lydon's dislike of the demeaning audition process and the callous manner in which child actors were treated by many adult directors. When Jackie Cooper balked at continuing the role of Henry Aldrich in a series of Paramount B-pictures, Lydon was assigned to the part, ultimately appearing in nine Henry Aldrich films. The adenoidal, trouble-prone Henry was a hard image for Lydon to shake, but he did his best with polished performances in such films as Strange Illusion (1945) (a bizarre "B"-film based on Hamlet), and Life with Father (1947), in which Lydon was paired with Elizabeth Taylor. Finding film work sparse in the '50s, Lydon began doing commercial voiceovers and acting in television: he played a newlywed in the 1952 daytime serial The First Hundred Years, a benign space alien on the syndicated 1953 sci-fier Rocky Jones: Space Ranger, an actor's agent on So This is Hollywood (1955), and Anne Jeffreys' secretary in the 1958 sitcom Love That Jill. From 1956 onward, Lydon, wearying of the headaches and heartaches of an acting career (though he'd still accept a part if he liked it), began training for production work behind the cameras. He worked on the producer's staff of such series as Wagon Train and 77 Sunset Strip, and on occasion (notably the 1965 TV version of Mister Roberts) directed as well as produced. Lydon also functioned as producer on several films, such as the Sean Connery vehicle Chubasco (1968). Frequently, Lydon used his production clout to secure work for his ailing father-in-law, veteran movie villain Bernard Nedell. But while he was willing to help an older relative, James Lydon, still smarting from losing out on a normal childhood, actively discouraged his children from entering show business -- at least until they were grown up.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Affairs of Geraldine Actor 2013
67% Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen Actor 2005
No Score Yet When Willie Comes Marching Home Actor 2002
No Score Yet Vigilante Force Tom Cousy 1976
No Score Yet The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe Jim Pickett 1976
No Score Yet Scandalous John Grotch 1971
No Score Yet Death of a Gunfighter Luke Mills 1969
80% Countdown Producer 1968
No Score Yet First to Fight Producer 1967
No Score Yet I Passed for White Jay 1960
No Score Yet The Hypnotic Eye Emergency Doctor 1960
No Score Yet The Unholy Wife Actor 1957
No Score Yet Chain of Evidence Steve Nordstrom 1957
No Score Yet The Christophers Peter Fielding 1955
No Score Yet Island in the Sky Murray, the navigator 1953
No Score Yet Gasoline Alley Skeezix 1951
No Score Yet The Magnificent Yankee Clinton 1950
No Score Yet September Affair Johnny Wilson 1949
No Score Yet Bad Boy Ted Hendry 1949
No Score Yet The Time of Your Life Dudley 1948
No Score Yet Cynthia Ricky Latham 1947
91% Life With Father Clarence 1947
86% Strange Illusion Paul Cartwright 1945
No Score Yet The Town Went Wild Bob Harrison 1944
No Score Yet Aerial Gunner Pvt. Sanford 'Sandy' Lunt 1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Actor 1942
No Score Yet Little Men Dan 1940
No Score Yet Tom Brown's School Days Tom Brown 1940
No Score Yet Back Door to Heaven Frankie as a Boy 1939
No Score Yet The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair Bud 1939


No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Barrow Wyatt
  • 1976
  • 1974
80% The Twilight Zone
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Maverick
Terry McKenna
  • 1959
  • 1958


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