Lyman, Will 1948-

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Lyman, Will 1948-


Full name, William Lyman; born May 20, 1948, in Burlington, VT; son of Edward Phelps (an educator) and Mabry (an educator and editor; maiden name, Remington) Lyman; married Anastasia Sylvester (in human relations), January 8, 1972; children: Georgia. Education: Boston University, B.F.A., 1971; studied mime with Kenyon Martin; studied singing with Floria Mari.


Agent—Silver Massetti and Szatmary, 8730 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 440, West Hollywood, CA 90069.




Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.


Television Appearances; Series:

Ken Alexander, Ryan's Hope, 1979.

Detective Nate Burroughs, The Doctors, NBC, 1980.

Narrator, Frontline, PBS, 1984-2007.

William Tell, Crossbow (also known as William Tell and Guillaume Tell), syndicated, 1986-88.

John Deerborn, Hull High, NBC, 1990.

Narrator, The Decade of Destruction: A Frontline Special Series, PBS, 1990.

Carroll O'Malley, The Guiding Light (also known as Guiding Light), 1994-95.

Narrator, Vietnam: A Television History, 1997.

Colonel Roger Atkins, Threat Matrix, ABC, 2003-2004.

Narrator, Is It Real?, National Geographic, 2005-2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Narrator, Vietnam: A Television History, PBS, 1981.

Lawrence Washington, George Washington, CBS, 1984.

Narrator, Crisis in Central America, PBS, 1987.

Narrator, Apartheid, PBS, 1987.

Narrator, The History of Surgery, PBS, 1988.

Narrator, China in Revolution, PBS, 1989.

Narrator, The AIDS Quarterly, PBS, 1989.

Narrator, Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?, PBS, 1992.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(Television debut) Ken Palmer, Another World, NBC, 1976.

Captain Morrison, "Autumn Thieves," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1985.

Narrator, a recurring role, Nova, PBS, 1988-2004.

Lieutenant Commander Grant, "McAllister," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1988.

Peter, "Dedicated to the One I Love," CBS Schoolbreak Special, 1991.

Allan Wooster, "Programmed for Murder," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1992.

Banito Ruggerio, "Truth or Consequences," Mann and Machine, 1992.

Narrator, "Richard Nixon," The American Experience, PBS, 1992.

Narrator, "The Quiz Show Scandal," The American Experience, PBS, 1992.

Victor Conner, "Family Values," Law and Order, NBC, 1994.

Gus McGraw, "Mixed Signals," Ed, NBC, 2001.

Roger Jameson, "Smothered," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2001.

Narrator, a recurring role, Modern Marvels, History Channel, 2003.

Narrator, "Access," The West Wing, NBC, 2004.

Teddy Bridges, "First Strike," Commander in Chief, ABC, 2005.

Teddy Bridges, "First Scandal," Commander in Chief, ABC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

John Corbin, The Fight to Be Remembered, PBS, 1973.

Title role, Kosciuszko: An American Portrait, PBS, 1976.

Gabriel Javsicas, Concealed Enemies, PBS, 1983.

Reverend Parris, Three Sovereigns for Sarah, PBS, 1984.

Peter Miller, Dedicated to the One I Love, CBS, 1991.

Appeared as Alex, The Knock on the Door, NBC.

Television Appearances; Narrator of Specials:

Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera, PBS, 1986.

Two Decades and a Wake-up, PBS, 1990.

In the Director's Chair: The Man Who Invented Edward Scissorhands, 1990.

Columbus and the Age of Discovery, PBS, 1991.

Innocence Lost, PBS, 1991.

The Quiz Show Scandal, PBS, 1991.

Columbus' Magnificent Voyage, PBS, 1992.

The Machine That Changed the World, PBS, 1992.

The Great Eclipse, 1992.

Wings Over the Gulf, 1992.

L.A. Is Burning: Five Reports from a Divided City, PBS, 1993.

The Secret File on J. Edgar Hoover, PBS, 1993.

The Trouble with Baseball, PBS, 1993.

AIDS Research: The Story So Far, PBS, 1994.

Apollo 13: To the Edge and Back, PBS, 1994.

The Mao Years, PBS, 1994.

Lillehammer '94: 16 Days of Glory, Disney Channel, 1994.

Currents of Fear, PBS, 1995.

Divided Memories, PBS, 1995.

The Vanishing Father, PBS, 1995.

Welcome to Happy Valley, PBS, 1995.

What Happened to Bill Clinton?, PBS, 1995.

America's Greatest Olympians, Cable News Network, 1996.

Angel on Death Row, PBS, 1996.

Breast Implants on Trial, PBS, 1996.

100 Years of Olympic Glory, 1996.

The Gulf War, PBS, 1996.

Loose Nukes, PBS, 1996.

Murder on "Abortion Row," PBS, 1996.

Nixon, PBS, 1996.

The Ultimate Guide: Sharks, The Discovery Channel, 1996.

China: Born under the Red Flag, PBS, 1997.

Atlanta's Olympic Glory, PBS, 1997.

The Bay of Pigs, PBS, 1997.

Behind the Mask: The IRA and Sinn Fein, PBS, 1997.

Hot Guns, PBS, 1997.

Innocence Lost: The Plea, PBS, 1997.

Murder, Money, and Mexico, PBS, 1997.

Nazi Gold, PBS, 1997.

What Jennifer Saw, PBS, 1997.

Ageless Heroes, PBS, 1998.

Ambush in Mogadishu, PBS, 1998.

Anatomy of a Homicide: Life on the Street, PBS, 1998.

Busted: America's War on Marijuana, PBS, 1998.

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians, PBS, 1998.

The High Price of Health, PBS, 1998.

The Last Battle of the Gulf War, PBS, 1998.

Plague War, PBS, 1998.

Silent Spring Revisited, PBS, 1998.

Supersonic Spies, PBS, 1998.

Terror in Space, PBS, 1998.

TWA 800: The Investigation, The Learning Channel, 1998.

The Ultimate Guide: Horses, The Discovery Channel, 1998.

Nagano '98 Olympics: Bud Greenspan's Stories of Honor and Glory, 1999.

The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs, PBS, 1999.

Apocalypse!, PBS, 1999.

The Crash, PBS, 1999.

The Curse of Tutankhamun, PBS, 1999.

How to Survive, The Discovery Channel, 1999.

John Paul II: The Millennial Pope, PBS, 1999.

The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela, PBS, 1999.

The Lost Children of Rockdale County, PBS, 1999.

Making Babies, PBS, 1999.

Pinehurst: Stories of Good Times and Great Golf, PBS, 1999.

Russian Roulette, PBS, 1999.

Secrets of the SAT, PBS, 1999.

Snitch, PBS, 1999.

Spying on Saddam, PBS, 1999.

The Terrorist and the Superpower, PBS, 1999.

The Triumph of Evil, PBS, 1999.

U.S. Navy SEALs—In Harm's Way, The Discovery Channel, 1999.

The Ultimate Guide: Ants, The Discovery Channel, 1999.

The Ultimate Guide: Dolphins, The Discovery Channel, 1999.

The Battle over School Choice, PBS, 2000.

Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing (also known as Bud Greenspan's Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing), 2000.

Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain, PBS, 2000.

Bud Greenspan's Favorite Stories of Olympic Glory, Showtime, 2000.

The Case for Innocence, PBS, 2000.

Collapse, The Learning Channel, 2000.

Drug Wars, PBS, 2000.

Stationed in the Stars, PBS, 2000.

The Survival of Saddam, PBS, 2000.

The Ultimate Guide: Human Body, The Discovery Channel, 2000.

The Ultimate Guide: Planes, The Discovery Channel, 2000.

What's Up with the Weather?, PBS, 2000.

Satan in the Suburbs, The Discovery Channel, 2000.

Blind Man's Bluff, 2001.

Stealing the Superfortress, 2001.

Sinking the Lusitania, PBS, 2001.

Tojo's War, 2001.

Red October, The Discovery Channel, 2001.

The Ultimate Guide: Submarines, The Discovery Channel, 2001.

The Ultimate Guide: Spiders, The Discovery Channel, 2001.

The Ultimate Guide: Pyramids, The Discovery Channel, 2001.

Sydney 2000 Olympics: Bud Greenspan's Gold from Down Under, Showtime, 2001.

Blind Man's Bluff, History Channel, 2001.

The 1972 Munich Games: Bud Greenspan Remembers, Showtime, 2002.

Shattered Dreams of Peace: The Road from Oslo, 2002.

Why the Towers Fell, PBS, 2002.

Wake Island: Alamo of the Pacific, History Channel, 2003.

Watergate Plus 30: Shadow of History, PBS, 2003.

A Merry Mickey Celebration, ABC, 2003.

Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History, 2004.

Nature Tech: Avalanche, History Channel, 2004.

Russian Roswell, 2005.

Deep Sea UFOs, Arts and Entertainment, 2006.

A Hidden Life, PBS, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Gabriel Javsicas, Concealed Enemies, 1984.

Reverend Parris, Three Sovereigns for Sarah (also known as American Playhouse: Three Sovereigns for Sarah), 1985.

William Tell, Adventures of William Tell, 1986.

Greg Smolen, Hostile Takeover (also known as The Devastator and The Office Party), 1988.

Narrator, The Day Reagan Was Shot, Showtime, 2001.

Homeland security chief Utley, Meltdown, 2004.

Narrator, Bud Greenspan Presents Athens 2004: Stories of Olympic Glory, Showtime, 2004.

Wilson Rogers Jr., Our Fathers, 2005.

Foxworthy, I'm Paige Wilson, 2007.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Teddy Bridges, Commander in Chief, ABC, 2005.

Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Coast guard ensign, Jaws, Universal, 1975.

Smolen, Hostile Takeover (also known as The Devastator and The Office Party), 1988.

Swanson, School Ties, 1992.

Narrator, The Mao Years: 1949-1976, 1994.

Mr. Edwards, Welcome to the Dollhouse (also known as Middle Child), 1995.

Rich man, Celtic Pride, Buena Vista, 1996.

Isaiah Goodkind, The Crucible, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996.

Van's father, Floating, Phaedra Cinema, 1997.

Jason Gates, A Perfect Murder, Warner Bros., 1998.

FBI director, The Siege, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998.

Charlie, Intermezzo, 1998.

Paul Kirkland, Something Between Us, 1999.

Van's father, Floating, 1999.

The Living Room Waltz, 2000.

Nolan Flannery, The Gentleman from Boston, 2000.

Dad, Dog Days, 2000.

Captain Jack, Dischord, Force, 2001.

Narrator, The Press Secretary, 2001.

Doctor, Passionada, Fireworks, 2002.

The Perfect Gooseys, 2002.

Arthur Knight, Alma Mater, Yoder Light, 2002.

Nolan Flannery, Beacon Hill, 2003.

FBI Agent Birden, Mystic River, Warner Bros., 2003.

Newton Forrester, Encounter Nancy, Pendrake, 2003.

Detective McCoy, Turntable, Film Shack, 2005.

Documentary narrator, Fierce People, Lions Gate Films, 2005.

Narrator, Little Children, New Line Cinema, 2006.

Moe Fresno, Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe, KarmaCity, 2007.

Stage Appearances:

Dolek Berson, The Wall, National Jewish Theatre, Boston, MA, 1973.

Randall Patrick McMurphy and Chief Bromden, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Charles Playhouse, Boston, MA, 1973.

(Off-Broadway debut) Title role, The Passion of Dracula, Cherry Lane Theatre, 1978.

Ian, The Grinding Machine, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1978.

Theseus and Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Denver Center Theatre Company, Denver, CO, 1980.

Trissotin, The Learned Ladies, Denver Center Theatre Company, 1980.

The storyteller, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Denver Center Theatre Company, 1980.

Jerry, Betrayal, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 1981.

Tom, The Seven Year Itch, Merrimack Regional Theatre, Lowell, MA, 1982.

Oronte, The Misanthrope, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1983.

Robert, Betrayal, Theatre by the Sea, Portsmouth, NH, 1984.

John Proctor, The Crucible, Pennsylvania Stage Company, Allentown, PA, 1985.

Captain Thomas Crighton, The Novelist, Theatre Row Theatre, New York City, 1991.

The Dying Gaul, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, 2000.



Narrator, Assignment Discovery: The Ultimate Guide: Mummies, 2002.

Video Games:

Narrator, Secret Weapons Over Normandy, Electronic Arts, 2003.