02-09 Happy birthday to the late Gene Lyons, Born: February 9, 1921 and passed away on July 8, 1974.
Gene Lyons 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.
A life member of The Actors Studio, Lyons appeared in 1954 as Steve Rockwell on the CBS daytime drama Woman with a Past. 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, 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.
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