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Lyon, Brad Leo Biography




biography of Lyon, Brad Leo

26 February 1982, Flint, Michigan, USA
5' 10"
Brad Leo Lyon was born February 26, 1982 to Leo and Joann Lyon in Flint, Michigan. Perhaps the middle name of Leo foreshadowed that he would become a true "Renaissance Man" in today's times as "Leo"nardo Da Vinci was the quintessential renaissance man of his time. Lyon's diverse background spans the world of sports, business, film, and even as a published author. As a child, a constant pendulum was swinging between the worlds of drama and athletics. His life's constant voyage between the two had him on the cover of newspapers at an early age for his work on stage while appearing numerous times for sports. He is often quoted as saying that it was his "love for sports" that kept him from "embracing my inner nerd that stage and film allows me to become." Following High School, it seemed sports had won out as he left for college to pursue a law degree and was a two sport college athlete. Destiny had other ideas though as his father's heart related health condition brought him back to Michigan. Sports would not take a backseat just yet though as he became one of the youngest presidents of a college athletic program and founded a college wrestling program at his hometown's Mott Community College. The competitive fires still burned and he continued to compete nationally and internationally, eventually placing at such renowned competitions as the Iron Man World Championships and the Folkstyle World Championships. He left the college sports world and teamed up with his father to purchase a Minor League sports team as they founded the expansion Genesee County Patriots. While working as the Director of Operations for the team, he also participated in the sport on various levels that included being named a 2005 All American and 4 All Star appearances. Meanwhile, his first published book was released; oddly enough in the cheer leading field. Lyon was briefly a college cheerleader as a sophomore. Wrestling didn't completely disappear form his life as a short lived Mixed Martial Arts career saw him headline Champions of Cage Fighters during an undefeated, albeit brief, foray into the sport. The Patriots were a springboard into film. Lyon began a division of the company called Lyon Productions which was used to produce television commercials for the Patriots and partner companies. In 2008, the Patriots were approached to work with another Patriotic themed company in Patriot Pictures, a company known for such films as Material Girls and Air Force One. Patriot Pictures was producing a film called All's Faire In Love starring Christina Ricci, Mathew Lillard, Ann Margret, Bill Engvall, Cedric the Entertainer, and a host of other familiar actors. With extremely short notice, Lyon coordinated the football scene for the film, cast players and cheerleaders, provided wardrobe and props, and even played the Football Coach. Diving full speed into the industry, he found himself working full time in film. His business experiences from running both a college and a Minor League professional sports team gave him an ideal background for producing films. This led to his first Executive Producing and Line Producing adventure with the film Minor League: A Football Story (starring Robert Miano, Dustin Diamond, Rap Artist Bone Crusher, and Tiny Iron) which he also wrote and played a role in. Ultimately, success in the film industry took him away from the Patriots. Ironically, it was a football film that led him to suspend operations for the Patriots as Lyon Productions became the emphasis of his time. You can now find Lyon living up to that Renaissance lifestyle as he works regularly as a Producer, Director, Script Writer, and Actor. As of April 2011, he has been credited as a producer on such films as Minor League, Beach Vacancy, Sister Mary (starring Bruce Vilanch, Ant, Judy Tenuta), The Haunting, Little Creeps (starring Joe Estevez, Robert Z'Dar, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies, and Aurelian Smith aka Jake the Snake Robers), and College Fright Night. He directed both Beach Vacancy and Little Creeps and will be appearing as an actor in A State of Hate opposite Renee O'Connor and Ernie Hudson.
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-   He had a brief yet undefeated Mixed Martial Arts Career that included headlining the main event of Championship Cage Fighters in 2007.

-   The Minor League Football News named him a 2005 All-American.

-   Won a 2002 World Bronze Medal in Folk Style Wrestling.

-   He was a four-time All Star Selection in Minor League Football during an eight-year career.

-   Was a two-sport athlete at SSU prior to returning home due to the continued heart related health issues of his father, 'Leo Lyon' (qv).

-   As of July 2009, all three movies he has appeared in included actress 'Anna Dutcher' (qv).

-   For nearly a decade, he owned a Minor League Professional sports team called the Genesee County Patriots.

-   Tony Hornus directed Brad Leo Lyon in the film State of Hate. Lyon directed Hornus in Little Creeps.


-   The Ultimate Guide to Successful Semi Pro Spirit Teams, Author

-   If You Rebuild It, Atwood Stadium commercial


-   (February 2009) Producing the feature length film Minor League, a Football Story, a sports comedy being shot in Flint, Michigan.

-   (May 2009) Currently in the early pre-production stage of the feature film CFN (working title) on which he is the Executive Producer.


-   "The Flint Journal" (USA), 11 April 2012, by: Ketchum III, William E., "Flint-area filmmaker Brad Leo Lyon talks 'Little Creeps,' hometown pride, film industry"


-   "Flint Journal" (USA), 14 April 2009, pg. 1, by: David Harris, "Latest movie to shoot in Flint begins filming in Mundy Township"

-   "Flint Journal" (USA), 15 March 2009, pg. 1, by: Timmothy Flynn, "Long wait, flubbed lines - who needs big break?"

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Movies Produced

  1. Le Fear III: 3D (2015) (co-producer)
  2. Don't Wait Til Dawn (2014) (executive producer)
  3. College Fright Night (2013) (production executive)
  4. Haunted (2013/II) (associate producer)
  5. Monsters on Main Street (2013) (executive producer)
  6. Monsters on Main Street (2013) (line producer)
  7. Monsters on Main Street (2013) (producer)
  8. Roberto (2013) (co-producer)
  9. The New Neighbor (2013) (assistant producer)
  10. The Road Killer (2013) (supervising producer)
  11. College Fright Night (2013) (executive producer)
  12. College Fright Night (2013) (producer)
  13. Drive-In Massacre (2012) {{SUSPENDED}} (associate producer)
  14. Little Creeps (2012) (V) (executive producer)
  15. Little Creeps (2012) (V) (line producer)
  16. Little Creeps (2012) (V) (producer)
  17. Live-In Fear (2012) (associate producer)
  18. Meeting Place (2012) (co-producer)
  19. Cut (2011/II) (consulting producer)
  20. Get Ca$h (2011) (co-producer)
  21. Sister Mary (2011) (co-producer)
  22. Beach Vacancy (2011) (executive producer)
  23. Beach Vacancy (2011) (line producer)
  24. Minor League: A Football Story (2010) (executive producer)
  25. Minor League: A Football Story (2010) (line producer)
  26. Minor League: A Football Story (2010) (producer)

Misc

  1. The New Neighbor (2013) (consultant to producer)
  2. Truth or Dare (2013) (consultant to producer)
  3. Minor League: A Football Story (2010) (football coordinator)
  4. All's Faire in Love (2009) (football coordinator) (uncredited)
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