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October 2, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 2, 2013
Please accept my sympathy for your loss. May all be comforted by the wonderful promise: "and he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more. Neither mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
October 1, 2013


A.C. Lyles offered me my first job, doing behind-the-set work at Paramount in 1960. The same year he made me the envy of college classmates at the University of Pennsylvania, by sending me a personally autographed photo ("Affectionately yours...") from every 18 year-old's heartthrob back then, Sandra Dee.



I had known Mr. ("Call me A.C., my dad was Mr. Lyles") Lyles since boyhood, in Jacksonville, where he and my dad grew up and were lifelong friends. Over the years, during family summer vacations in California, Mr. Lyles arranged for my younger brothers and me to go on location and meet childhood heroes up close and personal: Roy Rogers; Robert Young ("Father Knows Best"); and the stars of "Time Machine," Rod Taylor and teenage beauty, Yvette Mimieux.



We lost touch for the next forty years until I began sending him annual birthday greetings and calling him every May 17th. He never failed to ask, specifically, about members of my family and old friends back in Florida. He recounted in minute details, situations with great recall of names and circumstances. We last saw each other nine years ago when he met with a couple of associates and me at his office on the Paramount lot. Providing directions, he said, "When you get to the gate, tell the security guard you are here to see A.C. Lyles, the Institution, not the building."



For the next two hours the resplendently dressed producer, designer suit, perfectly pressed, wide-collared white dress shirt, perfectly knotted tie, cufflinks, etc. regaled us with stories about his long time relationship with my dad, "the most brilliant, handsomest man I ever met"; his best friends James Cagney, "Ronnie" Reagan, and Jimmy Stewart; and his recollections of Hollywood beauties, the most ravishing of all, Hedy Lamarr. There was no room for any pictures on the walls of his small office, totally covered with hundreds of photographs of Hollywood luminaries. He was in the midst of compiling his biography, a gargantuan task.



At the end of our great visit, we walked to the parking lot; and he had a warm greeting for every passerby. One could tell he excelled in making everyone, at every level of the organization, feel special and important.



His mental acuity that day, and for the ensuing years, amazed me. The past few years his conversations were interspersed with old stories, his relationship with Governor Schwarzenegger, and increasing demands for his poignant, golden-tongued eulogies at funerals.



Most recently, he joked about a flame-haired Hollywood beauty of yesteryear requesting that he someday preside over her passing, "Be sure to give me some notice, as my day book is pretty full right now."



Despite the diminishing years, he was always upbeat and would not allow me to get off the phone, always having one more vignette to impart He especially liked to tell of his visit with Charlton Heston after that actor was diagnosed with alzheimer's disease: "A.C., I'm beginning to forget names of people I should know quite well." Mr. Lyles said, "Don't worry about it, Chuck. If it's a man, call him pal; and if it's a woman, just call her dear." Awhile later, his good friend was leaving, and said "Goodbye, Chuck." Not skipping a beat, the celluloid Moses retorted "So long, dear"!



The unforgettable, inimitable Mr. A.C. Lyles never forgot from whence he came and will be missed by multitudes of those whose lives he graced with his unsurpassed charm, dignity and class.
October 1, 2013
Just watched A.C. Lyles in "Extra" on Sunset Strip taking about William Holden.
A.C. knew everybody. Just loved the movies.
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