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Robert F. Lyons (born October 17, 1938 in Albany, New York) is an American actor of film and television. He was a tap dancer at the age of six, and spent his high school years in a very strict military school. As an adult, Lyons attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Lyons made his small-screen debut in the TV series I Dream of Jeannie and his film debut in Pendulum. Since then, he appeared in films like Shoot Out, Avenging Angel, and Pray for Morning; and TV shows like Gunsmoke, Medical Center, Falcon Crest, Roswell, and Criminal Minds.

He is best known for guest starring in numerous popular television shows since the 1960s. The starring career of shaggy-haired CCNY graduate Robert F. Lyons rose and descended during the "youth trip" era of the 1960s. Lyons was praised to the rafters for his role as the ingenious draft-dodger in 1970's Getting Straight. Since then he has appeared in such films as Shoot Out (1971) (as the main villain, opposite good guy Gregory Peck), Scarecrow (1981), Death Wish II (1982), Avenging Angel (1985), Dark Night of the  Murphy's Law (1986), Platoon Leader (1988) and Pray for Morning (2006) and such television shows as Gunsmoke, Medical Center, Falcon Crest, Roswell and Criminal Minds. In 1999 he played Dr Lester Arnold on Days of Our Lives. In 2015 he co-starred with Danny Trejo in the zombie film The Burning Dead.

Nowadays, a comparatively well-groomed Lyons can be seen in such direct-to-videos as Platoon Leader (1986). Robert F. Lyons was the star, producer and screenwriter for the 1985 Vietnam-angst drama Cease Fire.

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