Ben Lyon

Born Feb 6, 1901

Ben Lyon was an American film actor and a 20th Century Fox studio executive.

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1901 Birth Born on February 6, 1901.


1918 17 Years Old Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Lyon entered films in 1918 after a successful appearance on Broadway opposite Jeanne Eagels. … Read More


1925 24 Years Old In 1925, a writer for Photoplay wrote of him, "Girls, Ben Lyon looks harmless but we have reliable information that he’s irresistible, so watch your step. … Read More
1930 29 Years Old 1 More Event
He had success as an actor in the 1930 film Hell's Angels. … Read More


1946 45 Years Old On July 17, 1946 he met a young aspiring actress named Norma Jeane Dougherty. … Read More
1950 49 Years Old Hi Gang was succeeded in 1950 by Life with the Lyons, which also featured their real life son Richard and daughter Barbara, and had a run on BBC and independent television from 1954 until 1960.


1963 62 Years Old He was the subject of This Is Your Life in March 1963 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre.
1974 73 Years Old In 1974, Lyon married the actress Marian Nixon whom he had known since the 1920s. … Read More
1979 78 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 22, 1979, Lyon and his second wife Marian Nixon were vacationing together on the Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship near Honolulu, Hawaii, when Lyon suffered a fatal heart attack. … Read More
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