ill Lyman is a stage veteran of over 40 years, having worked with multiple companies in his home town of Boston and at regional theaters around the country as well as Off Broadway (The Novelist, Trinity, The Passion of Dracula, The Grinding Machine). He has narrated with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the Cleveland Symphony at the Blossom Pavilion, and both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall.
Recent notable performances include King Lear on the Boston Common, the world premiere of Israel Horovitz’s Man in Snow, Operation Epsilon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Exits and Entrances, The Oil Thief (the last four of which won him the Norton Award), DollHouse, The Clean House, The Ice Breaker, Celebration, Nicholas Nickleby, All My Sons (IRNE Award), Timon of Athens, The Wrestling Patient, and King of the Jews. He is on the Board of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, for whom he has previously performed in Hamlet, The Tempest, As You Like It, and Julius Caesar. Many years ago, he performed various roles at various times in the long-running One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Charles Playhouse. For current work, please see Will’s CALENDAR.
He has been the narrator of the multi-award-winning PBS series FRONTLINE since 1984.
His film career, which began with a bit part in Jaws, includes Little Children, What Doesn’t Kill You, Mystic River, The Siege, A Perfect Murder, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Hostile Takeover, and others less memorable. Television series regular: William Tell in 72 episodes of Crossbow, Colonel Atkins in Threat Matrix, John Deerborn in Hull High, and the dying and deceased President Bridges in Commander in Chief (recurring.) Series Guest: Spenser: For Hire twice, Law and Order twice, Ed, Murder She Wrote. Movies for TV: Our Fathers, Meltdown, George Washington, and Three Sovereigns for Sarah. Soaps: Another World, The Doctors, Living, Ryan’s Hope, All My Children.