Sep 8, 2013

Cliff Lyons


Cliff Lyons (1901-1974) worked as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, and second unit director. As a young man, he gave up the idea of a business career and went on the rodeo circuit. He made his way to Los Angeles and starred in a series of silent Westerns as "Tex" Lyons. With the coming of sound, he moved into stunt work. He doubled some of the greatest Western stars including, Tom Mix, Ken Maynard, Buck Jones, and Johnny Mack Brown. In 1936, he began a long association with John Wayne and worked with Wayne on films including "Dark Command" (1940), "Fort Apache" (1948), "The Searchers" (1956), "The Alamo" (1960), and "The Green Berets" (1968)





Below: Cliff performed this stunt for "Jesse James" (1939) with Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda.








Below: Cliff Lyons in an unidentified stunt.




Below: (left to right) Allan "Rocky" Lane and Linda Stirling are menaced by stuntmen Cliff Lyons, Duke Green, and Eddie Parker in the 12 chapter Republic serial, "The Tiger Woman" (1944).


In the same serial, Cliff performed this saddle fall.







Below: Cliff (left) played a Marshall in John Ford's, "Wagon Master" (1950) starring Ben Johnson (right)








Top row: (left to right) John Wayne, stuntman Chuck Hayward, and stuntman Chuck Roberson. Bottom: Cliff Lyons and Ben Johnson.