A.C. Lyles

Executive


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his over three-hour Archive interview, A. C. Lyles (1918-2013) talks about his 77-year-long association with Paramount, for which he holds the record for the longest continuously-employed person at a motion picture studio. He details his early years, when, at the age of ten, he started working at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville, part of the Paramount-Publix theater chain. He talks about meeting Paramount studio head Adolph Zukor and his continual correspondence with him, until, in 1937, Lyles took the train to Hollywood and arrived at the studio gate where he expected, and was given, a job at the studio. He describes his ascent in the ranks at the studio, including working in the publicity department to producing feature films. He discusses the layout of personnel in the publicity department and talks about his work in promoting movies and establishing the "golden circle" of talented young performers. He talks about many Paramount Pictures' notables including Cecil B. DeMille, John Barrymore and William Holden. He speaks about Paramount's interest in television and describes the line-up of early shows on Paramount-owned KTLA. He describes the televising and impact of the "Kathy Fiscus tragedy" which aired on KTLA in 1949. Lyles also talks about knowing and working with such television luminaries as Lucille Ball, Michael Landon and DeForest Kelley. Lyles talks about his later associations with television as the producer of Here's Boomer and consulting producer of Deadwood. Lastly, Lyles discusses his association and friendship with Ronald Reagan, including his dedicated work for the Reagan Administration as advisor and liaison. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Lyles office at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, CA on August 30, 2005.

"I think A.C. stands for 'awful corny,' because I am awful corny. It's going to sound very Pollyanna, but I think the greatest achievement that I have, is wanting to work for Paramount on my 10th birthday and now celebrating my 87th birthday 77 years later and still being with Paramount."

Highlights
A.C. Lyles on the trouble he got into for "shooting" President Reagan
07:27
A.C. Lyles on his involvement in the Western series Rawhide
A.C. Lyles on producing Here's Boomer
01:53
A.C. Lyles on Michael Landon doubling DeForest Kelley on Rawhide
04:07
A.C. Lyles on the early years of KTLA and the impact of the Kathy Fiscus tragedy
04:03
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On working in publicity at Paramount

Chapter 2

On the Paramount style; on Paramount's involvement in television and station KTLA
On his involvement in the Western series Rawhide

Chapter 3

On working with Michael Landon and DeForest Kelley; on some of the Westerns he produced; on the Western genre; on starting on Here's Boomer

Chapter 4

On producing Here's Boomer; on Ronald Reagan; on Bob Hope on Lucille Ball; on Paramount and Desilu

Chapter 5

On his association with the Reagan and Bush administrations
On his work as a consultant on Deadwood; on the Western genre; on his greatest achievement; on his advice to aspiring producers

Chapter 6

On the feature film The Hunt for Red October; on the legacy of Paramount; on how he would like to be remembered

Chapter 7

On his early years and influences; on starting in publicity at Paramount under the studio's founder Adolph Zuker
Shows

Deadwood

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A.C. Lyles on his work as a consultant on Deadwood
08:06

Here's Boomer

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A.C. Lyles on producing Here's Boomer
01:53
A.C. Lyles on producing Here's Boomer
09:41

Rawhide

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A.C. Lyles on his involvement in the Western series Rawhide
A.C. Lyles on Michael Landon doubling DeForest Kelley on Rawhide
04:07
Topics

Ronald Reagan

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A.C. Lyles on his association with the Reagan and Bush administrations
13:34

We Cried

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A.C. Lyles on the early years of KTLA and the impact of the Kathy Fiscus tragedy
04:03
Genres

Western Series

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Producer A.C. Lyles on Westerns
23:30
A.C. Lyles on his work as a consultant on Deadwood; on the Western genre
People

Lucille Ball

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A.C. Lyles on Lucille Ball
02:17

Stan Chambers

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A.C. Lyles on the early years of KTLA and the impact of the Kathy Fiscus tragedy
04:03

DeForest Kelley

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A.C. Lyles on his involvement in the Western series Rawhide
A.C. Lyles on Michael Landon doubling DeForest Kelley on Rawhide
04:07

Michael Landon

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A.C. Lyles on Michael Landon doubling DeForest Kelley on Rawhide
04:07

Klaus Landsberg

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A.C. Lyles on the early years of KTLA and the impact of the Kathy Fiscus tragedy
04:03

David Milch

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A.C. Lyles on his work as a consultant on Deadwood
08:06

Ronald Reagan

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A.C. Lyles on the trouble he got into for "shooting" President Reagan
07:27

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