Gene Lyons (actor)

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Gene Lyons (February 9, 1921 – July 8, 1974) was an American television actor from Pittsburgh, best known for his role as police commissioner Dennis Randall on the NBC detective series Ironside starring Raymond Burr.[1]


A life member of The Actors Studio,[2] Lyons was in the Broadway production of Witness for the Prosecution for two years.[3] His other Broadway credits include Masquerade (1958), The Trip to Bountiful (1953), Harriet (1942), and This Rock (1942).[4]

In 1953, Lyons played a police detective on the CBS drama series Pentagon U.S.A..[5] He appeared in 1954 as Steve Rockwell on the CBS daytime drama Woman with a Past.[6] Before joining Raymond Burr as a regular on Ironside, he appeared on Perry Mason in 1965 as murderer Ralph Balfour in "The Case of the Wrathful Wraith." He also made guest appearances on nearly two dozen other series including The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gunsmoke, Have Gun, Will Travel, The Fugitive, Ben Casey, Star Trek ("A Taste of Armageddon"), The Twilight Zone ("King Nine Will Not Return"), The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and The Untouchables. He also appeared in films including Kiss Her Goodbye and The Young Don't Cry.


Lyons died in Los Angeles, California on July 8, 1974 and is buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh.


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4. 
  2. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  3. ^ Scott, Vernon (August 21, 1968). "Top policeman in 'Ironside' series moon lights [sic] on other net works [sic]". New Castle News. Pennsylvania, New Castle. United Press International. p. 35. Retrieved April 9, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "("Gene Lyons" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on 10 April 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 822. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. 
  6. ^ TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes and Noble. 2004. p. 705. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1. 

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