Will Lyman

Will Lyman

actor

Will Lyman is well known to Boston audiences for his work with many local theater companies. A founding board member of Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., he has appeared there as Brutus, Prospero, Claudius, and last summer's King Lear. He has also been seen at the Huntington in All My Sons, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and Dead End; at New Rep in Long Day's Journey into Night, Exits and Entrances, Clean House, and Ice Breaker; at Speakeasy in The Dying Gaul, at Wheelock in To Kill a Mockingbird, at Boston Playwrights' Theatre in The Wrestling Patient (in collaboration with Speakeasy), King of the Jews, and A Girl's War, and at the Nora in Equus and Operation Epsilon. Elsewhere in the U.S. he has performed with the Denver Center, Hartford Stage, Pennsylvania Stage, American Place, George Street Playhouse, and NJ Shakespeare, as well as in several off-Broadway productions in New York. He has narrated in performances with the National Symphony (Ivan the Terrible) and acted in conjunction with the Cleveland Orchestra (Tom Stoppard/André Previn's Every Good Boy Deserves Favor) and the Handel and Haydn Society (Benda's Medea.) Mr. Lyman is a multiple recipient of both Norton and IRNE awards and was honored with the Howard Keel Award for service to the Screen Actors Guild. He was given 2013's Norton Award for Sustained Excellence and 2015's NETC Award. On television he has appeared in episodes of Crossbow, Hull High, Threat Matrix, and Commander in Chief and in the TV movies Meltdown, Our Fathers, Three Sovereigns for Sarah, and George Washington. Feature film credits include A Perfect Murder, The Siege, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Mystic River, Little Children (narrator), and What Doesn't Kill You. He has narrated the PBS public affairs program Frontline since the second season. On a more whimsical note, he also voices the long-running "Most Interesting Man in the World" ads, and has appeared as himself on The Simpsons.