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Jimmy Lydon

Highest Rated:   91% Life With Father (1947)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
No Score Yet Countdown
  • Producer
1968
No Score Yet First to Fight
  • Producer
1967
No Score Yet I Passed for White
  • Jay
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 Backdoor to Heaven
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair
  • Bud
1939

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Patrolman
  • 1961
  • 1960

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