Will Lyman

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Will Lyman
Will Lyman 2011.jpg
Lyman in 2008
Born (1948-05-20) May 20, 1948 (age 66)
Burlington, Vermont
Alma mater Boston University

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


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, Welcome to the Dollhouse, and narrator for the 2006 film Little Children. He has also appeared on the TV shows Commander in Chief, Threat Matrix, The West Wing, and Law & Order. He is best known as the exclusive narrator of Public Broadcasting Station's long-running Frontline television series. 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 has narrated a series of Dos Equis commercials, revolving around their The Most Interesting Man in the World character. He has also been 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. 

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