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Lyon, Ben (06 February 1901–22 March 1979), entertainer and film executive, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Benjamin Lyon, a furniture salesman, and Alvina (maiden name unknown). Raised in a family devoted to amateur music and theatrics, Lyon abandoned thoughts of a physician’s career when he received $5 for a film bit part. At seventeen he played juvenile leads on Broadway. In 1923 he went to Hollywood to perform in films produced by ...

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Tartikoff, Brandon (13 January 1949–27 August 1997), television and movie executive, was born in Freeport, Long Island, New York, the son of Jordan Tartikoff, a clothing manufacturer, and Enid Tartikoff (maiden name unknown), a marketing executive. He grew up in what he called a “perfectly symmetrical 1950s sitcom family” and, like many children of his era (and of later times), spent his evenings glued to the television set. When Tartikoff became an adolescent, his parents feared he was neglecting his schoolwork, so they sent him to preparatory school in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where he excelled in sports and other extracurricular activities. After graduation in 1966, he attended Yale University, majoring first in economics but later switching to English. When Tartikoff told his writing seminar instructor, the novelist and poet ...