Barry Mahon

Barry Mahon, born Jackson Barrett Mahon (February 5, 1921, Bakersfield, California – December 4, 1999, Las Vegas, Nevada), was an American film director, cinematographer and producer.[1]

Barry Mahon
Jackson Barrett Mahon

(1921-02-05)February 5, 1921
DiedDecember 4, 1999(1999-12-04) (aged 78)
Other namesT.A. Dee / Barrett Mahon / J. Barrett Mahon / J. Barret Mahon / Jackson B. Mahon / James Michael
OccupationFilm director, cinematographer, producer
Years active1959–1994
Spouse(s)Clelle Mahon (? –1999)

Early yearsEdit

Mahon was born in Bakersfield, California and attended the Page Military Academy (now Page Private School) in Los Angeles and graduated from Laguna Blanca Boys School in Santa Barbara, California.[2] He learned to fly while in high school.[3]

In 1941 he joined the Royal Air Force, and by the winter was flying combat with No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron, composed of American volunteers. Pilot Officer Mahon damaged three German fighters and two Focke-Wulf Fw 190s in April and a Messerschmitt Bf 109 in May, before scoring his first confirmed victories of two Fw 190s, downed in the Saint-Omer area, on June 8, 1942. On July 31 he destroyed two more Fw 190s over the Berck-Sur-Mer area and became an ace while covering the commando raid on Dieppe, August 19, 1942, his 98th fighter pilot mission. At 08:30, flying his Spitfire Vb, nicknamed "Barry", Mahon shot down an Fw 190 and another Fw 190 before his plane was hit and he was forced to bail out of the burning aircraft. Landing in the sea, he was taken prisoner. Although Mahon filed a claim for shooting down two Germans that day, he was only given credit for one after the war. Thus, for a tally-record of five confirmed, two probables and three damaged Mahon received the British Distinguished Flying Cross in 1985.

Mahon was imprisoned at Stalag Luft III and managed to escape, but was captured on the Czechoslovakian border. He escaped later, only to be recaptured again, and was finally liberated by Patton's 3rd Army in 1945.

Post war cinema careerEdit

After the war he became the personal pilot for, and later the manager of, Errol Flynn. Having produced a number of Flynn and Gina Lollobrigida pictures including the abortive William Tell, as well as a considerable output of children's programs, Mahon established The Production Machine, a high-tech film production company in Hollywood, making motion pictures for theatrical and television release. Mahon was the first movie producer to adapt and apply computer technology (as well spreadsheet applications, such as MultiPlan) to the breakdown, scheduling, budgeting and financial analysis of feature-length motion pictures and movies-of-the-week for Columbia Pictures.

Other namesEdit

T.A. Dee / Barrett Mahon / J. Barrett Mahon / J. Barret Mahon / Jackson B. Mahon / James Michael

Personal and family lifeEdit

Mahon was married to Clelle until his death. He is the father of Columbia/CBS producer Doris Keating.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Obituaries: Barry Mahon, 78: December 4, 1999 Lentz, Harris, III. Classic Images [Muscatine, Iowa] 01 Feb 2000: 52.
  2. ^ "Jackson Barrett Mahon - American Air Museum in Britain". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Ryan, Craig Magnificent Failure: Free Fall from the Edge of Space Smithsonian Institution, 2 September, 2014


  • Frasier, David K. (1998). Russ Meyer : The Life and Films : A Biography and A Comprehensive, Illustrated, and Annotated Filmography and Bibliography. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. ISBN 0-7864-0472-8.
  • Meyer, Russ (2000). A Clean Breast : The Life and Loves of Russ Meyer (3 Volume Set). El Rio, Texas: Hauck Pub Co. ISBN 0-9621797-2-8.

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