A.C. Lyles (born May 17, 1918) is an American 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.
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. He also served as associate producer on the TV series Rawhide, which gave Clint Eastwood his breakthrough role.
Lyles in the 1960s found a niche producing low budget color Westerns populated by well-known stars who were no longer popular at the box office but still had their fans. When Paramount noticed it didn’t have a Western on its production schedule, Lyles provided Stage to Thunder Rock. The popularity of the film led Paramount to ask Lyles how many more he could make. Lyles replied “Five a year”. After Buckskin, Lyles produced Rogue’s Gallery and a film of Russell Braddon’s science fiction novel Year of the Angry Rabbit entitled Night of the Lepus, featuring a cast of Hollywood favorites terrorized by giant rabbits.
He recently worked as a consultant on HBO’s Deadwood, created by David Milch (NYPD Blue).