Lydon, James “Jimmy”

James Lydon "Jimmy" 1941
James Lydon “Jimmy” 1941

James Lydon “Jimmy”

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Jimmy was born in New York in 1923 and began his Broadway career in 1937. He moved to Hollywood and was under contract with RKO moving to freelance work in 1940, then signing with Paramount in 1941. He told that he went to the studio schools where the students were required to be in class for 15 minutes minimum and then they were on the set for four hours. Not much education was achieved. As the studio schools were not accredited, they had to attend a school like Mar-Ken to graduate – so Jimmy attended Mar-Ken School for less than a year and got his diploma.

Jimmy stayed in the business, acting in many movies through the 1940s and moving into television in the early 1950s. He shifted into production work and is credited with helping to create such popular shows as 77 Sunset Strip and M*A*S*H. He was a highly productive producer and writer until he retired in the late 1990s.

— For by Alan Simon

From 1941 Mar-Ken Yearbook, as a Senior:
Jimmy Lydon. A redhead Irishman who likes nothing better than a good argument. His aim is to be a pilot and a motion picture cameraman. Jim becomes positively poetic about roast lamb and apple pie.
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