Robert Lyden

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Robert Lyden
Robert Lyden as Bobby on Rocky Jones
Robert Marinus Lyden

(1942-05-28)May 28, 1942
DiedJanuary 17, 1986(1986-01-17) (aged 43)
Years active1949–1957

Robert Marinus Lyden (May 28, 1942 – January 17, 1986) was a child actor in the 1950s.

Robert Lyden made his film debut in 1949 with Holiday Affair and also played with Doris Day in the musical film I'll See You in My Dreams (1951). The child actor is probably best-known for his role as the young space cadet "Bobby" on the 1954 science fiction television show Rocky Jones, Space Ranger. After Rocky Jones (which lasted only two seasons), he made a few more television appearances, and had roles in some feature films. He had a short role in The Searchers (1956), in which he played John Wayne's nephew Ben. Also notable was his performance as a young Creighton Chaney in Man of a Thousand Faces, the 1957 biopic about Lon Chaney starring James Cagney. This turned out to be Lyden's last role; he left show business and pursued a career in finance.


Year Title Role Notes
1949 Holiday Affair Boy Uncredited
1950 Emergency Wedding Robert - Boy in Department Store Uncredited
1950-1951 Fireside Theatre 2 episodes
1951 I'll See You in My Dreams Donald, at age 8
1954 Rocky Jones, Space Ranger Bobby 31 episodes
1955 Captain Midnight Billy Griffiths 1 episode
1955 Screen Directors Playhouse Willie 1 episode
1956 The Searchers Ben Edwards Uncredited
1956 Written on the Wind Kyle as a Boy Voice, Uncredited
1957 Man of a Thousand Faces Creighton Chaney at 13 (final film role)


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