Article Source: Rolling Stone Online via @tesstalks post on twiiter


Voiceover Universe member: Will Lyman

As the somber, the-world-is-ending-but-please-remain-calm narrator of PBS's investigative news magazine Frontline, Will Lyman may be the most trusted voice on TV. The 62-year-old veteran actor says he owes his distinctive style to direction he got while narrating a film three decades ago. "I want the narrator to sound like there's a really knowledgeable guy sitting next to you on a couch," the director told him. Lyman takes his role seriously. "You can't abuse it," he says. “People get very upset if they hear that voice they trust doing something else.” Lyman is so good the Frontline team knows it can lean on him to class up the joint. Says executive producer David Fanning, "Will Lyman could read the phone book and make it feel like it's important to the country." SEAN WOODS

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Comment by Mike Andrew on February 26, 2011 at 11:41pm
Great accomplishments. I love the Frontline narrations. How did he do it?
Comment by DAN LENARD on October 17, 2010 at 4:18pm
Will Lyman is "The Most Interesting Man In The World."
Comment by Rod Maupin on September 14, 2010 at 10:00pm
Thanks for posting that. I have loved listening to him for many years. He is a great ideal to aspire to.

Another of my idols from PBS was George Page of Nature. Man, that guy had the perfect style for that. I never tired of listening to him.
Comment by Tom Wahl on September 13, 2010 at 3:33pm
Will is the finest narrator of our generation. I'll never forget the first time I heard him. I stopped what I was doing just to listen to him. An incredible voice and delivery. Will is also one extraordinary actor. Check out his website. A highly underrated actor. I love the BMW spots.
Comment by Dan Volz on September 13, 2010 at 3:13pm
Understated delivery regardless of topic. Reminds one of David Ogden-Stiers. Cool under fire.
Comment by Dave Steele on September 13, 2010 at 12:55pm
That is him.
Comment by Perry Norton PanRight Produx. on September 13, 2010 at 12:53pm
Love that guy. Does he also narrate those great "The Most Interesting Man in the World" commercials? Genius.
Comment by Melanie Haynes on September 13, 2010 at 10:35am
Fantastic voice over artist!!
Comment by Dave Steele on September 13, 2010 at 10:21am
With out question, one of the most distinctive voices in the last 15 years.

He himself is... The Most Interesting Man In The World.
Comment by Victor Martorella on September 13, 2010 at 10:07am
Without a doubt, Will is one of the best narrators in neutral english.....It is good to see the face behind the Super voice.....Keep the good work Will!!

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