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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 ...