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A.C. Lyles Dies

 

A.C. Lyles, who rose from mail boy to producer during a career at Paramount Studios that lasted more than three-quarters of a century, has died at age 95.

Family friend Ben Wheeler says Lyles died Friday.

The producer, who continued to work into his 90s, most recently held the title goodwill ambassador for Paramount.

As a producer, he helmed dozens of movies and TV shows from the 1950s to the early 2000s.

His most recent credit was for the 2004-06 HBO series "Deadwood."

Lyles was 18 when he went to work in the studio's mailroom in 1937.

He quickly developed relationships with many of the era's major stars when he delivered their fan mail.

Those contacts proved invaluable when he began producing Westerns in the 1950s.

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Paramount Producer

A.C. Lyles Dies at 95

His affiliation with the studio spanned more than 85 years.

Publicist and producer A.C. Lyles, who in recent years has served as the studio ambassador at Paramount Pictures, died Friday at age 95.

Lyles had worked for Paramount since he was ten years old, longer than any other employee in the history of that studio.

He first went to work more than 80 years ago in the Paramount mailroom when Adolph Zukor ran the studio. He was a publicist for many years before making a transition to producing for the studio.

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Andrew Craddock Lyles was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and first met Zukor while he was working as an usher at the Florida Theater, then owned by Paramount. He finally saved enough money to move to Los Angeles in 1938.

After two years in the mailroom, Lyles moved to the publicity and advertising department. He eventually supervised advertising.

He started producing in 1967 with Short Cut to Hell, the only movie ever directed by James Cagney. He went on to produce low-budget movies, mostly Westerns.

After leaving the studio for a short time, he returned to work in television. He worked on ABC's Afterschool Specials and the CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People as well as the A Christmas for Boomer special in 1979.

When Paramount produced a series of NBC World Premiere movies in the 1970s, Lyles was a producer on several films, including Flight to Holocaust. As recently as 2006, he was credited as a consulting producer on the HBO Western Deadwood.

Lyles was honored in 1990 by the Boy Scouts of America with its Jimmy Stewart Good Turn Award, and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1992, he was honored by Hollywood publicists as a founding member of their guild.

Lyles was seen in numerous documentaries over the years including Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema and Hollywood Renegade. In his final years, Lyles served as an ambassador at large for the studio, often meeting with visitors and dignitaries who came to the Hollywood lot.

 

Paramount CEO Brad Grey sent the following memo to the studio's staff on Monday:

 

To: Paramount Employees From: Brad Grey   It is with deep sadness I share the news that A.C. Lyles passed away this past Friday evening.   A true institution at Paramount, A.C. was a man of great talent and elegance, and a legend in our industry.   Proud to be referred to as “Mr. Paramount,” A.C. was the longest serving employee in our studio’s history and a direct link to one of Hollywood’s most storied eras.  For a remarkable 85 years, A.C. made Paramount his home, made us his family and always took a moment to share a story that reminded us just how fortunate we are to do the work that we do here.   It was often noted that A.C. had the shortest resume in Hollywood history: Paramount 1928 – 2013.  He began his career at Paramount at the age of 10 distributing bumper stickers and handbills for Paramount’s Florida Theater.  As a teenager, A.C. wrote a letter every Sunday for years to Adolf Zukor, founder and head of Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, until he secured a job at the studio.   It was the era of Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper, Dorothy Lamour, and Bob Hope.  A.C. made friends with them all and rose quickly.  By the age of 19, A.C. became Publicity Director and worked on over 70 pictures.  He then moved onto producing, first as an associate producer on The Mountain, released in 1954, and then as a full producer Short Cut to Hell, released in 1957.  He went on to produce nine episodes of the TV show Rawhide, and a slate of westerns for Paramount in the 1960s, through his own production company.  His most recent work was as Consulting Producer on the HBO TV series Deadwood, created by David Milch.   Two years ago, when asked during an interview about the longevity of his career and continuing to serve as Paramount’s Ambassador of Good Will, A.C. said: "I can't imagine not doing it.  It's just a great, great life."  It will be hard to imagine our lot without A.C.   Our thoughts and prayers are with A.C.’s wife, Martha, during this time.   Brad   (In lieu of flowers, his family is requesting donations be made to the MPTF Country House Fund.)

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Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on May 17, 2015 at 4:05pm


My dear friend Producer A.c. Lyles would have turned 97 today. He was with Paramount for 85 years! Mr. Lyles was with us as our official historian on Starr Talk from the very beginning until his passing in 2013. During the program he would often say, “There are stars, super stars…and true legends” when referring to the actor we were profiling. I say, Mr. Lyles you were a true legend if there ever was one!
 — with A.c. Lyles.

Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 7:19 pm | Updated: 7:31 pm, Wed Jan 8, 2014.

A.C. Lyles passed away at the age of 95 on September 27, 2013. His wife of 58 years, Martha Lyles, said A.C. died at their hilltop home in Bel Air, California. A.C. had been in failing health for over a year. Presently, no funeral services are planned. A private, invitation-only memorial service for family and close friends will be held at a later date and location to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund Retirement Home & Hospital (23388 Mulholland Drive, #220, Woodland Hills, CA 91364). Please note your donation "In Memory of A.C. Lyles" with your name and address so a card may be sent upon receipt.

A. C. is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha Lyles, and their niece Wendy Johnsen and family.

A.C. and Martha Lyles were married on May 3, 1955 at the Little Brown Church in Studio City near the Sportsmen’s Lodge. In attendance were Ronald and Nancy Reagan and Mr. and Mrs. James Cagney. A.C. recalled, "During the ceremony I heard someone sniffling. I thought it was probably Nancy [Reagan]. When I turned to look, it was Jimmy [Cagney]!"

A.C. once explained his relationship with the Reagans and Cagneys: "Jimmy [Cagney] told me he was going to introduce me to a friend of his [Ronald Reagan]. He [Cagney] said, ‘When I do, we are going to be like this from now on.’ Jimmy [Cagney] held up his three middle fingers close together as a symbol of how close we would be." And so it was for the rest of their lives.

On May 17, 2013, A.C.’s last public appearance was at his 95th birthday party at a luncheon at Musso & Frank’s restaurant in Hollywood. The day was proclaimed "A.C. Lyles Day" in Los Angeles. Councilman Tom LaBonge, who represents the Hollywood area, spearheaded the proclamation. LaBonge presented A.C. with a City Council Proclamation at the luncheon. LeBonge said, "Every day is A.C. Lyles Day," before a star studded congregation of more than 60 stars, family and friends. LeBonge also added proclaiming the day in honor of A.C. Lyles was a unanimous decision by the Los Angeles City Council.

In attendance were such notables as Rhonda Fleming, Jane Withers, Anne Jeffreys, Buzz Aldrin, and Mickey Rooney. During his remarks A.C. got a great laugh from guests at the expense of a good-natured Rhonda Fleming. A.C. said Fleming asked him to give her eulogy [when the time comes]. Always ready with a quick-witted response, A.C. said, "Let me get my date book!"

Andrew Craddock Lyles, Jr. was born on May 17, 1918 in Jacksonville, Florida. On his tenth birthday, A.C. went to work at the Paramount-owned Florida Theatre. His job was to distribute handbills and bumper stickers promoting the theatre. He was paid in movie passes. For a young man who dreamed of being a Hollywood producer since seeing Wings in 1927, it was a good starting wage.

Ever ambitious, A.C. became a Page Boy three months later after talking the theatre manager into adding the position to the usher staff. A.C. worked seven nights a week, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, plus a midnight show on weekends. For the 35 hours, while still attending school, he was paid $2.50 per week.

Always thinking and working toward his goal of becoming a producer, A.C. wrote a letter to Paramount founder Adolf Zukor the day he was hired at the theatre. Four years later he was an usher, and also interviewed visiting celebrities for the Jacksonville Journal newspaper. A.C. was fourteen years old when Zukor visited Jacksonville. Their meeting would be a life-altering event for the young usher. After telling Zukor that he wanted to be a producer and make movies, Zukor said to finish high school and "keep in touch." To A.C., keeping in touch meant writing a letter every Sunday without fail.

Two years went by with no response from Zukor. A.C. would not give up, and continued to write the letters. When he was tipped off that Gary Cooper, who appeared in Wings, would have a 30-minute layover in Jacksonville on the way to Miami, A.C. managed to meet him. He told Cooper he would soon be working at Paramount (Cooper’s studio) for Mr. Zukor, and that he wrote to Zukor every Sunday. Cooper was amused, and asked young A.C. what he would be writing about that week. A.C. said, "I’ll tell him about meeting you." Cooper asked for pencil and paper and wrote: "Dear Mr. Zukor, I am looking forward to A.C. Lyles being with us at the studio. Regards, Gary Cooper." That week, A.C. included Gary Cooper’s note with his letter to Mr. Zukor.

As A.C. said, in large part because of Gary Cooper’s note, he heard from the office of Adolf Zukor for the first time. Zukor’s secretary, Sydney Brecker, wrote that the weekly letters had been received. She also added the studio mogul felt "you don’t have to write every week—every two or three months would suffice." A.C. continued the weekly letters to Zukor, as well as one to the secretary.

After graduation from Andrew Jackson High School, A.C. convinced the theatre and newspaper to send him to Hollywood to do a week of columns on Shirley Temple. A local department store which sold Shirley Temple dresses gave A.C. a suit, two shirts, two ties, and a pair of shoes in exchange for a published photo of him with Temple in the paper, while wearing the store’s clothing. Armed with a one-way day coach train ticket, two loaves of bread, two jars of peanut butter, a sack of apples, and $28 pinned securely inside his pocket, A.C. departed Jacksonville for Hollywood.

On his first day in Hollywood, dressed in his new suit, A.C. caught a bus to Twentieth Century-Fox Studio for the meeting with Shirley Temple. A.C. got the photo and interview with Shirley for the Jacksonville Journal, and made a friend for life. (Years later, A.C. would be best man at the wedding of Shirley and John Agar. A.C. commented "Jack and I were still in uniform then.")

A.C. then went to Paramount Pictures and announced at the gate, "Mr. Zukor is expecting me." The gate guard was not convinced until A.C. quickly showed him the letter from Zukor’s secretary. Remembering the four years of letters, Zukor allowed the 18 year old on the lot, and allowed him to fill in for a mailroom boy who was on vacation.

After only two weeks on the lot, A.C. made friends with some of the biggest stars at the studio. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Gary Cooper and others asked Zukor to keep him on. And so it was, that the young man with a big dream became a permanent fixture in the Paramount mail room. Zukor even took a personal interest in A.C. and assigned him to his office. A.C. spent his time hosting studio guests of Zukor, Cecil B. DeMille, and movie stars under contract at Paramount. Before Zukor transferred to New York, he introduced his young friend to the new studio boss, Y. Frank Freeman. The friendship between Zukor and A.C. continued until Zukor’s death at the age of 103.

Under Y. Frank Freeman, A.C. was promoted to the publicity department. He handled such actors as William Holden, Susan Hayward, Alan Ladd and other promising young stars of the day. At the age of 19, a unit was formed to produce a program of features for the studio, and A.C. was named Director of Publicity. Over the next 12 years he worked on more than seventy features. In 1954 A.C. was again promoted, this time to Associate Producer on the Spencer Tracy picture The Mountain.

A.C. earned his first producer credit on a film with one of his two best friends, James Cagney. In lieu of pay, Cagney agreed to not only star in, but also direct the picture out of his personal friendship with A.C. Shortcut To Hell was the only film Cagney ever directed.

A.C. formed his own production unit at Paramount in 1956, producing features and television programs. He is said to probably hold the record for the largest number of motion pictures ordered from a producer in a single contract; a minimum of ten features in two years.

When Paramount wanted A.C. to learn to produce Westerns, they loaned him to CBS for the television series Rawhide which would make a star of a young Clint Eastwood. A.C. was Associate Producer on the first nine episodes of the series in 1959. After that, a long list of western features for the studio was to follow. A.C. gained a reputation for making his highly successful pictures "on budget and on time."

Honors bestowed on A.C. are too numerous to mention. One of his many personal favorites came in 1966 when he and close friend John Wayne were each presented the prestigious Golden Spur Award; Wayne for being the most popular western star and A.C. as a producer for keeping the alive the spirit and tradition of the Old West in his films. Presenter Barbara Stanwyck (Missy to A.C.) said, "Duke and I have loved A.C. ever since he was a mail boy at this studio." To which John Wayne quickly added, "And he’s fulfilled what we all expected of him." Anyone who ever visited A.C.’s office saw his Golden Spur Award he so proudly accepted from and with his two great good friends. In 2001, A.C. became an Honorary Board Member of the Birthplace of John Wayne in Winterset, Iowa.

A.C. received the George Washington Award of the Freedoms Foundation, presented by President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office at the White House in 1984. Pres. Reagan and A.C. were close friends for over 65 years. In the A.C. Lyles-produced 1988 Conversations With The Presidents, Pres. Reagan commented, "A.C. Lyles is as close to a member of the family as anyone can get." The series featured Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.

In 1983, Pres. Reagan appointed A.C. to the President’s White House Advisory Council on Private Sector Initiatives. In 1986, he was sworn in by then Vice President George H.W. Bush to the Presidential Board of Advisors on Private Sector Initiatives. A.C. was also appointed to the national board of ACTION, the federal volunteer agency.

During the Reagan Administration A.C. flew all over the world with President and Mrs. Reagan. During both the Reagan and Bush 41 administrations, A.C. functioned as celebrity liaison by getting his celebrity friends to attend or entertain at White House and other Presidential functions.

A.C. Lyles had the longest resume in Hollywood with his beginning at Paramount’s Florida Theatre in Jacksonville to his years at Paramount in Hollywood, running from 1928 to 2013 for an astounding 85 years. In honor of his contributions to the motion picture industry, A.C. received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1988. His star is in front of the El Capitan Theatre (once owned by Paramount) and across the street from the former Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Also, a building on the Paramount lot was named after him, complete with plaque reading "The A.C. Lyles Building."

Proclaimed by columnist Army Archerd as "Paramount’s Ambassador of Goodwill," and appointed by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger by proclamation as "Hollywood’s Ambassador at Large" A.C. lived up to the honors. He was a well known and sought after speaker, as well as on-camera commentator to documentaries about celebrities and the entertainment industry. A.C. was also a United States Army Air Forces veteran, serving three years during World War II. As a Lieutenant, he was assigned to the headquarters of Admiral Chester Nimitz at Pearl Harbor.

Well into his 80s A.C. kept active in the industry, and he maintained his office at Paramount until his passing. The office itself once belonged to Fred Astaire when he was on the Paramount lot. In 2004 when David Milch called and asked A.C. to come on board as a Consulting Producer on the award winning HBO series Deadwood, A.C. answered with a yes.

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan said she was "deeply saddened" to hear of A.C.’s passing. "He was a Hollywood studio legend in every sense of the word—from mail room assistant and errand boy to movie and television producer, writer, publicist, advisor, distributor, studio ambassador, the list goes on and on. More than that, A.C. was a dear friend to both Ronnie [President Reagan] and me for over 50 years. He served on the White House Advisory Council on Private Sector Initiatives and along with his wife, Martha, gave back to the community and this country in so many ways. I will miss him and his colorful and truly memorable stories of Hollywood in her heyday."

Paramount Chairman and CEO, Brad Grey in a memo sent to studio employees called A.C. "A man of great talent and elegance, and a legend in our industry. Proud to be referred to as ‘Mr. Paramount,’ A.C. was the longest-serving employee in our studio’s history and a direct link to one of Hollywood’s most storied eras. For a remarkable 85 years, A.C. made Paramount his home, made us one of his family and always took a moment to share a story that reminded us just how fortunate we are to do the work that we do here."

A.C. was always positive in his way of being—never negative. He would be humbled by the love and devotion bestowed upon him by everyone from kings and princes, and the galaxy of stars he called friends, to the everyday person striving to make a living. His mantra was "never give up." Thank you A.C. for being such a big part of our world, and, on a personal note, we know you will be happy to see all your old friends again in Heaven.

Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on November 13, 2013 at 7:41am

Widow Martha Lyles & AC

SUZETTE KENDRICKS at A.C. LYLES Celebration of Life held at PARAMOUNT STUDIOS Hollywood, CA I HAVE KNOWN AC LYLES FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS SK

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In memory of producer and Walk of Famer A.C. Lyles, flowers were placed on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. PDT

Lyles was known as Paramount Pictures “Ambassador of Goodwill.” The star in the category of Motion Pictures is located at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard.
“A.C. Hollywood will really miss you and your enthusiasm,” Leron Gubler, President &CEOof the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce signed the card on behalf of the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
The Walk of Fame address directory and information can be found at www.walkoffame.com.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign are registered trademarks of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Marlene Panoyan — at Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on November 11, 2013 at 2:50pm

Today On the lot of PARAMOUNT they're Celebrating the Life of A.C. Lyles!

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Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on October 8, 2013 at 12:05pm

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I just found out my friend A.C. Lyles passed away! Shocked! I remember when A.C. showed me his office on the Paramount lot for the first time- amazing! All the screen legends were photographed with A.C. and he had countless such photos on his office walls. Including of course all of his past president close friends on Air Force One. Ford, Carter, Reagan etc. He was Ronald Reagan's close friend for... years till Ronnie lost his memory to disease. He told me stories of how it hurt that Ronnie couldn't remember him anymore when he would visit during his final days. A.C.- Everyone on the Paramount lot loved you, because you treated everyone like gold. You were gold!!! You remained humble which is why I loved you so. I'll always remember what you told me- always!!! Thank you for giving me the honor of knowing you, sweet gent! I will miss you driving around in your white classic Mercedes! Now go and have a ball with Ronnie!!! Gosh darn it! I was going to visit you, and you had to go and leave. I know one thing, you had a hell of a sense of humor and I will miss that too!!! Gee!!!! I love you!!!! Love and light- Alexis xoxox ( Written via cell )
— with A.c. Lyles.
Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on October 5, 2013 at 8:43pm

Celebrating the life of my dear friend AC Lyles. In this picture John Griffeth, Luster Bayles, Deana Martin, Lynn Anderson and a friend  
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Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on October 2, 2013 at 9:20pm

To be a part of Hollywood and not to have known A.C. LYLES would have been a great loss indeed. He was for Paramount Pictures and all of Hollywood an ambassador to the world. He counted among his closest friends, Ronald Reagan and Bob Hope ...and the list goes on from there to include the biggest stars in the world, but A.C. was a friend to all no matter their status in the business. Always with a smile and an outstretched hand and a story to tell. One of my favorite stories is how he met CECIL B. DeMILLE when he was a teenager and he wrote him letters expressing his desire to work in the film biz every week of his life thereafter until he received a letter from DeMille asking him to stay in touch but a little less frequently and telling A.C. to be in touch when he got to Hollywood. So when A.C. got there he went straight to the famous Paramount gates, the ones Gloria Swanson made iconic in the film Sunset Boulevard and told the guard he was there to see Mr. DeMille and they called over to the office and A.C. Lyles was hired and the rest is history in the life of this extraordinary producer whose work spans the ages from JOHN FORD westerns to RAWHIDE in 1959 to the more recent hit series DEADWOOD in 2004. There will never be another like A.C. LYLES. Thank you A.C. for all the memories...
Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on October 1, 2013 at 12:54am

A couple of years ago A.C. LYLES and I, along with my teenage idol MICHELLE PHILLIPS from the Momma and the Pappas, received a Los Angeles Civic Award for Achievement thanks to Jarvee Hutcherson.  It was quite a day and AC was a trip, mesmerizing the audience with stories of Paramount and Presidents, stories which never got old. My 25 year friendship with AC is over. My memories of him- NEVER.  www.lozzipr.com

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A.C. Lyles, whose long association with Paramount began when he was 10 years old, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 95.


Lyles started out at Paramount working for Adolph Zukor more than 80 years ago, worked as a studio publicist for many years and even served as a producer on HBO’s “Deadwood.”

Lyles was one of the last of a breed who made the transition from the old classic studio system to the new Hollywood. Eminently likable and adaptable, Lyles worked his way up from the mailroom and labored for many years in publicity and advertising, giving him an understanding of every facet of the making and selling of motion pictures. Lyles went on to produce low-budget Westerns, and later, television movies and series.

Except for a brief period on his own, he hung his hat at Paramount throughout his exceptionally long career. Such an expert was he on the company’s history that he often lectured on the subject and was the studio’s unofficial ambassador of good will.

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Andrew Craddock Lyles was born in Jacksonville, Fla. He actually started working for the studio via its then-owned Florida Theater, where Lyles worked as a page boy and then usher for almost a decade. He had met the studio’s head, Adolph Zukor, during his usher days and corresponded with him until he had saved enough money to migrate west in 1938, he told the Los Angeles Times.

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Once in Hollywood, he went straight to Par and managed to snare a meeting with Zukor, who placed him in the mailroom, where Lyles made the princely sum of $15 a week. He also ran errands for the studio boss and escorted visitors around the lot. By 1940 he had been promoted to the studio’s publicity department; later he supervised advertising as well. After serving in various production capacities on several films including 1956’s “The Mountain,” starring Spencer Tracy, he got his producing stripes in 1957 with James Cagney’s only directorial effort, “Short Cut to Hell,” a low-budget gangster film. Thereafter he remained at Paramount as a producer of mostly low-budget Westerns; he provided the financing, and the studio provided the facilities and distribution.

In 1959 he was associate producer on several episodes of the TV Western “Rawhide,” starring Clint Eastwood.

During the 1960s Lyles’ credits included “Raymie,” “The Young and the Brave,” “Law of the Lawless,” “Black Spurs,” “Young Fury,” “Town Tamer,” “Johnny Reno,” “Waco,” “Red Tomahawk,” “Fort Utah” and “Buckskin.” Most of them were strict programmers (and in color) during a period when the Western had virtually been co-opted by television. They starred veteran Hollywood stars like Rory Calhoun, Dana Andrews and Dale Robertson.

After leaving Par for a short spell (he produced the famously risible horror film “Night of the Lepus,” about killer rabbits), he returned and joined the studio’s television division, where he was noted for his ABC Afterschool Specials as well as work for the CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People and NBC Special Treat programs. His 1979 special “A Christmas for Boomer” was aimed at young people and was followed by the limited series “Here’s Boomer.” Lyles also served in a producing capacity on “Dear Mr. President.”

Under the NBC World Premiere movies umbrella, Lyles handled such films as “Flight to Holocaust” and “The Last Day” in the 1970s.

Much more recently, he was crediting as consulting producer on David Milch’s HBO Western series “Deadwood” in 2005-06.

In 1990, he made a rare appearance in front of the camera in a small role in Paramount’s “The Hunt for Red October.”

He was also featured in numerous documentaries about old Hollywood, including 1998’s “Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream,” “Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song” (2001), “The Definitive Elvis” (2002), “Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic” (2004), “Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema” (2007), “The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk” (2007), “Hollywood Singing and Dancing” (2008), “Audrey Hepburn: The Paramount Years” (2008) and, most recently, “1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year” (2009), “Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr.” (2010) and “Hollywood Renegade” (2011).

In 1990 Lyles was honored by the Boy Scouts of America with its Jimmy Stewart Good Turn Award, and he was also enshrined on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1992 he was honored by the Publicists Guild of America, of which he was a founding member.

He is survived by his wife, Martha. Donations may be made to the Motion Picture Fund.

(Richard Natale contributed to this report.)



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I had a chance to meet him, when he led a tour of Paramount for our staff retreat and we representing Hollywood was given a wonderful private visit of the studio.  He was a charming man who had so many wonderful stories.  He will be missed...R.I.P  

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