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Will Lyman

Will Lyman
Will Lyman in 2009.
Born (1948-05-20) May 20, 1948
Burlington, Vermont
Alma mater Boston University

William “Will” Lyman (born May 20, 1948) is an American voice-over artist and actor, who is, perhaps, best known for his polished, resonant voice, who has narrated the PBS series Frontline since its second season in 1984, and as William Tell in the action/adventure television series Crossbow.


  • Biography 1
  • Career 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Lyman was born in Burlington, Vermont, the son of Mabry (née Remington), an editor and educator, and Edward Phelps Lyman, an educator.[1] He is a 1971 graduate of Boston University's School of Fine Arts. Lyman married the former Anastasia Sylvester and they have one daughter, Georgia.


Lyman has made a successful career in television, theater and film, including appearances in Hostile Takeover and Welcome to the Dollhouse, and as narrator of the 2006 film Little Children. He has also appeared on the TV shows Commander in Chief, in which he acted out the President of the United States whose death elevates Geena Davis's Mackenzie Allen to the office, Threat Matrix, The West Wing, and Law & Order.

In 1984, Lyman became the exclusive narrator of PBS's long-running Frontline television series, and he became best known as such.

Other voice-over credits include documentaries for National Geographic, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and The Learning Channel, to name a few. Lyman has narrated many episodes of the WGBH-TV Nova series, and more recently he narrated a series of Dos Equis commercials, revolving around their character of "The Most Interesting Man in the World", whom actor Jonathan Goldsmith acts out on screen. He has also provided the voice for BMW commercials.

In the January 26, 2014 episode of The Simpsons, "Specs and the City", Lyman spoofed his Frontline voiceovers.


  1. ^ "Will Lyman Biography (1948-)". Film Reference. Advameg. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 

External links

  • Will Lyman at the Internet Movie Database
  •—Will Lyman's official website
  • "Talking with Local Actor Will Lyman" by Steven Abrams at New England Film
  • "Crossbow - William Tell fansite" with lots of pictures of Lyman
  • The Soup Cans Interview: Will Lyman
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