Francis D. Lyon: US movie and television director (1905 - 1996) | Biography
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Francis D. Lyon
US movie and television director

Francis D. Lyon

Francis D. Lyon
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Intro US movie and television director
Was Film director Film editor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 29 July 1905, Burke County, North Dakota, U.S.A.
Death 8 October 1996, Green Valley, Pima County, Arizona, U.S.A. (aged 91 years)
Star sign Leo
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Francis D. "Pete" Lyon (July 29, 1905 – October 8, 1996) was an American film director, television director, and film editor. He and Robert Parrish were co-recipients of the Academy Award for Film Editing for the 1947 film, Body and Soul.


Lyon was born in Bowbells, North Dakota. He moved to California to attend UCLA. After graduation, he moved to England to begin his career in film. He returned to the US and from the early 1930s to the 1950s, Lyon was exclusively an editor, except for one uncredited acting role in 1932. He worked on 29 films as an assistant editor or editor, including The Men in Her Life (1941), Body and Soul (1947) and The Young and The Brave (1963). He moved on to directing, and co-founded United Pictures Corporation in 1966. He was credited on more than 20 additional films before retiring from the entertainment industry in 1970.

In 1993, Lyon published a memoir entitled Twists of Fate: An Oscar Winner's International Career.

Lyon died on 8 October 1996, in Green Valley, Arizona.

Selected filmography

Acting role

  • Hypnotized (1932; uncredited role)

Editing work

  • Editing assistance: 10 films
  • Film Editor: 19 films; the first was The Basketball Fix (1951)

Director (feature films)

  • Crazylegs (1953)
  • The Bob Mathias Story (1954)
  • Cult of the Cobra (1955)
  • The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)
  • Bailout at 43,000 (1957)
  • The Oklahoman (1957)
  • Gunsight Ridge (1957)
  • Escort West (1958)
  • South Seas Adventure (1958 - first segment)
  • Tomboy and the Champ (1961)
  • The Young and The Brave (1963)
  • Destination Inner Space (1966)
  • Castle of Evil (1966)
  • The Money Jungle (1967)
  • The Destructors (1968)
  • The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1969)

Director (television series)

Lyon received director credit on 42 episodes of 17 different US television series in the period from 1952 to 1964, plus being credited as the director of the first year's production (25 episodes) of the Walt Disney production The Adventures of Spin and Marty.

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