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Receiving Star on the Walk of Fame Motion Picture
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Golden Boot Awards 1992

Newport Beach Film Festival 1998

Won Special Recognition Award for: Wings (1927)
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For the first Academy Award winning film.

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A.C. Lyles, and his World of Paramont Pictures A.C. knows everything about Paramount Studios!
He should -- he's been there over sixty years! After all that time, A.C. is now taking a well-deserved break from his film making activities -- by taking charge of Paramount's star studded archive folio. AC's first hand knowledge about the famous Hollywood Film Studio and the film stars that helped make the studio famous - encircles the world of AC.
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(Continued) - ABOUT A.C. LYLES
•••At an early age Lyles had already decided he wanted to be a Hollywood producer. On his ninth birthday Lyles got a job at the Florida Theater, part of the Paramount-Publix chain, in his native Jacksonville.
•••While working at the theater Lyles interviewed visiting celebrities for the Jacksonville Journal, and there he met a visiting Adolph Zukor, the founder and head of Paramount. Zukor told the fourteen year old to complete high school and " keep in touch". To Lyles, " keeping in touch" meant just that and he wrote to Zukor each Sunday for the next four years. Keeping in touch paid off and after graduation from Andrew Jackson High School in 1937, Lyles made his way to Hollywood where Adolph, remembering Lyles' letters, got him a job in the mail-room.
•••At the end of the two weeks, Lyles' newly acquired friends at Paramount, including Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper, Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope and others who asked Zukor to keep Lyles on. Adolph Zukor took a personal interest in Lyles and, when he transferred to the New York office, Zukor introduced the young man to Y. Frank Freeman, the new studio boss. By this time Lyles and Zukor had become close friends, a friendship that lasted until Zukor died at the age of 103.
•••Freeman promoted Lyles to the publicity department, and a short time later, named Lyles, at age nineteen, a director of publicity. During the next dozen years, Lyles worked on more than seventy features. In 1954 Lyles was promoted to associate producer on " The Mountain", starring Spencer Tracy. Lyles then attained his first full producer status when he and his close friend, the late James Cagney, teamed on " Short Cut to Hell".
•••In 1955 Lyles married his wife Martha at the Little Brown Church in the valley, with their longtime friends, the James Cagneys and the Ronald Reagans, in attendance. It is the same place where the Reagans had been married three years earlier.
•••In 1956, Lyles formed his own production unit at Paramount, producing many features and television programs for the studio. He holds the record for the largest number of motion pictures ordered from a producer in a single contract: a minimum of ten features in twenty-four months. Paramount also around this time ' loaned' Lyles to CBS for the series " Rawhide" as associate producer. The television show made Clint Eastwood a star and made him and Lyles good friends. During the sixties, Lyles produced scores of successful westerns that became a staple for Paramount. In the eighties he produced an NBC primetime series " Here's Boomer" that ran for many years. His other productions have include theatrical and television features, including " Conversations With The Presidents," an hour long primetime special for ABC in which groups of children interviewed Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.
•••Lyles old friend Ronald Reagan commissioned Lyles to the President' s Advisory Council on Private Sector Initiatives in 1983. In January, 1986, Lyles was sworn onto the Presidential Board of Advisors on Private Sector Initiatives. He regularly attended White House meetings with President Reagan and his staff and attend conferences overseas. During the Reagan and Bush administrations, he also functioned as Hollywood liaison, getting celebrities to entertain at the White House and other presidential functions. In 1984, Lyles received the George Washington Award of the Freedoms Foundation, presented to him in the Oval Office by President Ronald Reagan.
•••Over his lifetime Lyles has received a plethora of awards. In 1969, he and his friend John Wayne were each presented with the famous Golden Spurs award; Duke, for being the most popular western star, and Lyles for keeping alive the spirit and tradition of the Old West in his movies. " Duke and I' ve been very fond of A.C. ever since he was a mailboy at this studio," Barbara Stanwyck said at the awards ceremony. "And he' s fulfilled what we all expected of him," Wayne added.
•••In honor of his long association and his outstanding contribution to the motion picture industry, Lyles received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1988 in front of the El Capitan Theater. At the same time, Paramount named a building on the lot after him. Lyles is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and a founding member of the Publicists Guild. He served on the Executive Committee for Paramount' s 75th and 80th anniversaries and Hollywood' s Centennial.
•••Currently Lyles represents Paramount and Hollywood all over the country, speaking at colleges, film festivals and industry functions. He is a frequent on-camera contributor to documentaries about the entertainment business. The American Movie Classics channel has a documentary airing about him titled Paramount' s Ambassador of Good Will. A.C. and Martha Lyles live in an Early American home on a Bel Air hilltop overlooking Los Angeles.

02. TIMELINE / A.C. Lyles (b. May 17, 1918 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a movie producer for Paramount Pictures who produced westerns in the 1950s and 1960s, and has been a major player in Hollywood for the past 78 years.
The school A.C. Lyles (b. May 17, 1918 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a movie producer for Paramount Pictures who produced westerns in the 1950s and 1960s, and has been a major player in Hollywood for the past 78 years.[1]
•••••Early Years
•••••Lyles remembers seeing the film Wings on his 10th birthday at a theater owned by Paramount in his native Jacksonville, FL. "I just fell in love with the picture and the people who made it. I had a great admiration for Adolph Zukor [the movie mogul who founded and ran the studio]." Lyles quickly went to the theater manager, asked for a job, and began distributing bumper stickers and handbills, working his way up to usher in three months.
•••Working at the theater created an opportunity to meet Zukor himself four years later when the studio head came to visit the theater. Lyles says he was certain that his brief introduction to Zukor as an adolescent would ultimately lead to working at the studio in Hollywood. Zukor told Lyles to finish high school before pursuing his Hollywood dreams. Having already gotten a job at a Paramount theater, the young Lyles was determined to work at the actual Paramount studios that he began writing letters to Zukor every week.
•••Fate also intervened when Lyles introduced himself to Gary Cooper when the star came to Jacksonville on his way to Miami. Lyles told him about his weekly letters, although he hadn't yet received any response. The star gave the boy a note to include in his next letter: "I am looking forward to A.C. Lyles being with us at the studio."[citation needed] That led to a response from Zukor's secretary, and Lyles began writing letters to her as well.
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•••Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unverifiable material may be challenged and removed. (July 2007)
•••After graduating from high school, Lyles traveled across country with $28 in his pocket to pursue his dream of working at Paramount. When he arrived in Hollywood, Lyles found that his persistence had paid off; Zukor hired Lyles as an office boy making $15 per week. Lyles quickly began making friends with as many people as possible on the lot, including Bing Crosby and Cooper.
•••One of Lyles new friends was James Cagney's sister, who had a contract with Paramount at the time. She told Lyles that Cagney wanted to meet him, and, after getting over the initial shock of being asked to meet the superstar, Lyles became friends with Cagney. Lyles would soon meet someone who would ultimately become bigger than Cagney. "There's a young fellow in town I want you to meet. You'll be inseparable," Lyles remembers Cagney telling him.[citation needed] The young fellow turned out to be Ronald Reagan, who would become one of Lyles's best friends. "We were so close. We were like brothers," he says.[citation needed]
•••Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unverifiable material may be challenged and removed. (July 2007)
•••Lyles was headed for success; at age 19 he became a publicity director and over the next decade he worked on more than 70 films. In 1954 he was associate producer on The Mountain, which starred Spencer Tracy, and in 1957 he became a full producer on Short Cut to Hell, starring Cagney. It was also in the 50s that Lyles married his wife, Martha. He also served as associate producer on the TV series Rawhide, which gave Clint Eastwood his breakthrough role. Lyles found a niche producing Westerns, many of them in the 1960's, and recently he worked as a consultant on HBOs Deadwood, created by David Milch (NYPD Blue), whom Lyles said "is as close to being a genius as anyone I know....If you listen to his dialogue, it's like Shakespeare."[citation needed]
•••Lyles has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theatre and a building named in his honor at Paramount Studios.

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•••Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 12:00 am
•••"It's a short resumé, 1928 to 2005; Paramount," says A.C. Lyles, whose current title, "producer," doesn't begin to capture his relationship with the little film studio on Melrose.
••••For 77 years, Lyles has been the quintessential company man, so much so that when Brad Grey took the reins of the company earlier this summer he asked Lyles to introduce him to the troops.
••••"He's done well since he's been here," Lyles says, noting Grey is the 10th studio chief he's lived through. "He's made seven or eight major additions to our talent here for our picture making."
•••As a child in Jacksonville, Lyles handed out handbills for Paramount's Florida Theater, before charming his way up to page. So excited by his new gig, he wrote his boss, Paramount's founder Adolph Zukor, who eventually visited Florida, where he told the youth to "keep in touch." Lyles took that to mean writing Zukor every Sunday for the next four years. When Zukor's secretary told Lyles that letters every two months would be fine, he kept up the weekly letters and added the secretary to his correspondence list.
•••Lyles' first trip to Hollywood was, ironically, on assignment for a Jacksonville newspaper to cover a 20th Century Fox star, Shirley Temple, with whom he remains friends to this day. Despite a meeting with Fox's Darryl Zanuck initiated by Walter Winchell, Lyles went over to the Paramount lot, scoring a mailroom job and, at 19, was tapped to run the studio's publicity department.
•••"I've seen a lot of people come on the lot getting $100 a week," Lyles says, referring to actors like William Holden, Susan Hayward and Alan Ladd.
•••Today, making pictures is a much more difficult process than it was back then, Lyles says.••• 


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4. Related Stories /•••"We had 140 to 145 actors under contract," he remembers, "making 55 to 60 features a year, releasing one a week. We had the talent right with us. Now we have to go off the lot for talent."
•••Producing films came next, culminating in 1956, when he worked on 10 features in 24 months. On loan to CBS, Lyles produced television's Rawhide, on whose set he got to know one of the show's young actors &emdash; Clint Eastwood.
•••"My God, what a career he's had," Lyles marvels.
•••Lyles considered Ronald Reagan and James Cagney his closest friends. Cagney directed a single film in his career, Short Cut to Hell, which he did for no pay, for Lyles, while Reagan named him to a number of presidential committees and asked him to round up Hollywood types to attend White House functions.
•••His association with the Gipper and his predominantly squeaky clean resumé make his latest assignment something of a surprise. Lyles is a producer on HBO's gritty, profane Western Deadwood, the brainchild of former NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues writer David Milch.
•••"I always say I went to the University of Paramount," he said. "Now I'm in graduate school with David Milch."
•••Milch's detailed research of the period helped sell him on the project and, when Lyles describes the show's frontier-town milieu, you think he might be talking about Old Hollywood.
•••"It makes for a great story. The town was the law of the lawless."
•••In what is likely a first and last for Hollywood, Lyles is perfectly content being not a director, not a performer, but a producer.
•••"I never wanted to act," he said. "Not even a walk-on in the pictures that I made."
•••There's no discussion of retirement, either.
•••"I don't know what I'd do," he says. "I guess I'd come here and wave my friends onto the lot."

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